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The Writer's Center Workshop Registration

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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 4/25/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Hank Wallace
Lead with the future -- not background. That's the most important of eight journalism skills that will transform your writing. The others: write your readers' language, be positive (to be both clear and upbeat), lay out logical...
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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 4/28/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Basil White
If you can read this and you can laugh, you can write humor! Learn the basic psychology of how your brain gets a joke to discover what's "gettable" about your subject matter, real or fictional, for a variety of genres. This class also works as a fun ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 4/28/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Michele Wolf
Whether participants have yet to submit their first poem to a literary journal or are ready to offer a publisher a book-length manuscript, this intensive one-day workshop will give all poets hands-on advice on how to achieve their publishing goals. Particip...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Friday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 5/4/2018–5/4/2018
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Susan Tiberghien
To enter into the mystery of Zen, we need to let go of distractions and open our eyes. What we see clearly, we will write clearly. Participants will focus first on journal writing, looking for seeds for life stories, then on how to writ...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 5/4/2018–5/25/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
Whether you are an organized planner or a writer who flies by the seats of their pants, a novel still needs structure. In this four week online workshop, participants will study the architecture of a novel and devise plans for plotting their novels. Req...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 5/8/2018–5/15/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Brenda W. Clough
Vampires, zombies, and halflings with swords! Come pick a world and write in it! The first session of this workshop will be devoted to the basics of fiction and st...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 5/12/2018–5/19/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center
4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Brenda W. Clough
Vampires, zombies, and halflings with swords! Come pick a world and write in it! The first session of this workshop will be devoted to the basics of fiction...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 5/12/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
While memoir writing focuses on real events and people, crafting memoir and life writing involves the use of fictional techniques: dialog, scene, summary, character development...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 5/12/2018
Location: Glen Echo
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Khris Baxter
These are exciting times to be a screenwriter. With more shows and television channels than ever, the opportunities for inventive ways of storytelling increase daily. This hands-on workshop will guide beginning and intermediate screenwriters th...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 5/14/2018–7/2/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
In this class participants will be reading classic and contemporary short stories, and developing their own theories and opinions on the main elements of the genre. That is: what makes a short story, and more importantly, what makes a good short...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 5/14/2018–6/4/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Over the course of four weeks, participants will discuss four key elements of poems: image, sound, form, and realization. Writers will produce a variety of poems and learn tips for maintaining the practice of writing. Participants will have the opportunity ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 5/14/2018–7/2/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
Over the course of eight weeks, participants will be reading and writing in several sub-genres of creative nonfiction including memoir, essay, literary journalism, and the epistolary form. This online class focuses on generating new materia...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 5/15/2018–6/5/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Caroline Bock
Write four stories (or more) in four weeks! Start with flash and move to full-length short fiction. Participants will explore the elements of character, setting, plot, a...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 5/15/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
Fear is just excitement without the breath! What if there was something you haven't learned yet that could change everything? The mission in this workshop is to help you u...
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$315.00
Days: 7 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 5/15/2018–6/26/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Kurt Olsson
Since humans first painted on cave walls, art has awed and inspired us—but perhaps no group more so than poets. Painting, music, theater, dance—all have served as ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 5/16/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This one day workshop gives writers a practical 16-point plan that takes you from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 5/16/2018–7/11/2018
Location: The Writer's Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Ellen Herbert
This workshop is dedicated to culling the life stories you need to tell from the complicated tangle of memory. Participants will explore “true writing,” employing literary techniques such as dialogue, setting, time, and place...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Fridays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 5/18/2018–6/22/2018
Location: The Writer's Center
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Susan Land
Come prepared to write and read your fresh narratives aloud! Participants will respond to prompts designed to generate confrontations among characters. This workshop will focus on shaping the narrative in fiction or nonfiction. Writers...
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$400.00
Days: 7 Saturdays
Time: 11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 5/19/2018–6/30/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Anne Becker
This seven-week intensive workshop is for writers who are ready to put together a chapbook (must have 30 pages of strong poetry). During the first six weeks, participants wil...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 5/19/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This day-long workshop will deconstruct and demystify the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. Go all the way from getting the start of an idea to getting...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 5/21/2018–6/25/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Shanon Lee
Whether you are revisiting a traumatic experience to organize your memories, work through emotions or empower others - writing about painful moments can be cathartic. In this six-week workshop, participants will explore the creative nonfiction of trauma survi...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 5/23/2018–7/18/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Con Lehane
In this workshop writers will concentrate on developing and enriching their works-in-progress. Whether your bent is the short story or the novel, comedy or traged...
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$195.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 5/24/2018–6/28/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Bijan C. Bayne
The purpose of this course is to instruct aspiring magazine and newspaper freelancers in how to construct a destination or hotel a...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 5/26/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Stories based on real events or the lives of real people ring true. They are also among the most popular in today’s literature. Whether the tale travels back through his...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 5/26/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Virginia Hartman
Learn the skills to identify precisely the right word to express your meaning, feeling, or subtext. Participants will look at examples in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 5/30/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This one day workshop gives writers a practical 16-point plan that takes you from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans. Participants ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 5/31/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Christine Koubek
Submitting personal essays is quite different from submitting other types of nonfiction, not only in the way you query, but also in th...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/1/2018–6/22/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
How do you fit the world into 1,000 words or less? In this four-week online course, you'll explore the genre of flash fiction and create your own compact masterpiece. Topics include the elements of fiction, fundamentals of storytelling within the...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/2/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
"Let us think about this for a moment. A stranger enters a room. How do we immediately begin to take his measure?" James Wood asks in How Fiction Works. The novelist, and the memoirist answer. While it takes “a very few brushstrokes to get a port...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 6/2/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Christine Koubek
Have you dreamed of a getaway devoted to writing? In this Saturday session, you'll learn about writers residencies and retreats. We'll discuss the pros and co...
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$195.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 6/2/2018–6/16/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Everyone has a story to tell, but how do you transform events in your life into art? The personal essay shares a lot with memoir, but is its own delightful and ancient...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/9/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
This day-long workshop will deconstruct and demystify the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. Go all the way from getting the start of an idea to getting your book into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way you'll learn ...
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$215.00
Days: 5 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/2/2018–6/23/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
This four session workshop will feature four intensives in fiction’s building blocks: plot, dialogue, character, and point of view. Consisting of in-...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Dates: 6/4/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Participants will bring a revised draft of a story to this workshop that they would like to improve. The class will focus on what it means to "see again" (revision) a piece...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/4/2018–6/25/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Carolyn Clark
In just four weeks each participant in this online workshop will become immersed in relevant details from the Olympic pantheon. Writers will share guided-research stories (drawn from primary sources offered through reliable online libraries). During the...
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$135.00
Days: 1 Monday-Thursday
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 6/4/2018–6/7/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Designed to help participants write quickly and well, this workshop will serve as a kick-start to summer fun. Day 1 begins with a series of prompts to inspire six ...
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$270.00
Dates: 6/4/2018–7/9/2018
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Emily Rich
Having a great story is just the first step to writing a compelling piece of memoir. In this class, participants will explore what takes a piece of personal writing “from draft to craft,” looking at elements such as character development, incorporating sensory detail, and writing in scenes. Writers wi...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/5/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum and Joan Waites
Learn to deeply revise and polish your picture book manuscript before submitting to an agent or publisher. Widely published author...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/6/2018–8/1/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
This follow-up course to the popular Extreme Novelist is intended for writers serious about their publication goals. Participants will focus on revision and learn ways...
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$195.00
Days: 5 Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 6/6/2018–7/18/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alex Smith
Generate fear and tension in your work, while daring your reader to plunge forth into the darkness you create! Participants will read and discuss three selected stories in th...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/6/2018–6/6/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Where will your writing go if you let it go off the map? In this generative workshop, participants will write from a timed prompt and then share for positive c...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/9/2018–6/9/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Atmosphere can be a notoriously elusive thing. A combination of weather, feeling, and fate, it implies both the celestial and the earthbound. It impinges on plot and character, and suggests mood as well as the existence of intellect, int...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/11/2018–7/2/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Mathangi Subramanian
If you could write to anyone, anywhere, anytime, what story would you tell, and how would you tell it? Using sample texts ranging from The Perks of Being a Wallflower to The Color Purple, participants of this online workshop will examine how aut...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/12/2018–6/19/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
You want to take your writing to the next level, but no matter how hard you work, you feel as if you're spinning your wheels and you can't quite figure out why. Or m...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/12/2018–7/24/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
Narrative nonfiction is a genre in which the facts are used to tell the story. It's also the sort of writing that is used to tell about a discovery or how an event unfo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/13/2018–6/13/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Before your story heads out to an editor, add the finishing touches to the opening sentence, the closing paragraph, and to the syntax and imagery for publica...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/14/2018–6/14/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
Build confidence, self-esteem and courage in this rule-breaking workshop. Teens will enjoy exploring writing from an authentic, embodied place where a connecti...
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$360.00
Days: 5 Saturdays
Time: 10:30 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 6/16/2018–7/14/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Beginnings are the last part of a novel which is set before a manuscript can be called truly finished, and yet for readers and literary agents, it is the first thing they see, and so makes the greatest impression. Famously, som...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/16/2018–6/16/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Writing a novel involves a huge commitment of time and energy. But it doesn't need to be a daunting experience. Learn how to effectively plan your story, and maste...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/18/2018–8/6/2018
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
In this class, participants will be examining the qualities of good writing and good storytelling. After a recap on the basic elements of short fiction, writers will take a fresh look at contemporary and classic stories alike. Each week part...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/18/2018–7/23/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
In this six-week writing workshop, participants will share and workshop their writing while learning secrets to the craft of short stories -- plot, character, dialogue, setting, and more! Let this be the summer you get writing! Required text: Best American ...
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$100.00
Days: 2 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:15 PM
Dates: 6/18/2018–6/25/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Eva Langston
To get a book published by a major publishing house you first need an agent. In this class you will learn what an agent does and where to find t...
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$195.00
Days: 2 Mondays/Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/18/2018–6/28/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
Discover the secrets of the college application essay. And yes, there are secrets. Learn what to do, what to avoid, and above all how to make your ess...
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$145.00
Days: Monday and Thursday
Time: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Dates: 6/18/2018 & 6/21/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
This two session workshop will help you explore how to write stories, poems, personal essays, or creative diary entries! You’ll be able to speak in the voice of one of your characters, rearrange found phrases to m...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 6/23/2018–6/23/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
The characters we love most in literature are often the most flawed. Some of them we empathize deeply with, some of them we outright hate. In this workshop par...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/23/2018–6/23/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Good syntax—how words are stacked to build sentences and meaning—is one of the key strategies to create an effective poem. This class will teach participants how to arrange...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 6/23/2018–6/23/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Improve your sonnet skills or to write your very first one! With the help of a widely published author of sonnets and villanelles, you will read several classic...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/25/2018–7/9/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Shanon Lee
Do you struggle to find a home for your writing in today's competitive market? Are you transitioning from print to digital media? In three weeks, participants will learn the elements of a perfect pitch. This class will cover generating...
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$65.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/25/2018–6/25/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Write for Children

Workshop Leader: Peter Mandel
Having a children's book published in today's tough market may seem like an impossible dream. In reality, getting your book idea into shape and into print can hinge on just the right advice from a pro. Do you need an agent?...
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$195.00
Days: 1 Monday-Friday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/25/2018–6/29/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Marilyn W. Smith
This week-long workshop invites participants to draft one short memoir utilizing the elements of memoir presented in class. Class time will be spent on disc...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/27/2018–6/27/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Julie Wakeman-Linn
Shake up your neurons. Try a new technique to generate stories. What would you write about a single red glove, Arizona, and a Rwandan refugee? Or some combin...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Dates: 6/27/2018–8/8/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Sara Mansfield Taber
Writing is “a careful act of construction,” William Zinsser notes. “You must know what the essential tools are and what job they are designed to do.” This is a w...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 12:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 6/28/2018–6/28/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
When should material in fiction and nonfiction deserve a full scene, and when is it better served by summary? Participants will explore the pacing and rhyt...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/29/2018–8/17/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
Have you always wanted to write a novel but didn't know where to start? This online workshop will focus on everything from generating ideas to developing characters to establishing point of view. Participants will learn some of the many elements of ficti...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 6/29/2018–8/13/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
A virtual fiction writing camp for teens! Whether you are interested in writing short stories or novels, in this workshop, we will cover a broad range of topics: getting started, keeping going, and revising that finished product. But mo...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
Dates: 6/30/2018–7/7/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Rob Jolles
Maybe you have toyed with the dream of increasing your book sales and generating additional revenue by building a speaking business, or perhaps yo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 6/30/2018–6/30/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
You may think you don't have the time, energy, or inspiration to write because of your hectic lifestyle. Wrong! Join us for coffee and pastries, and learn what...
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$100.00
Days: 2 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 7/2/2018–7/9/2018
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Kris Spisak
So often the best of stories are held back not by the author’s creativity but by common typos, cliché phrasings, and vague descriptions that don’t hook the reader as much as they could. How can an opening go beyond what readers have seen before? H...
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$195.00
Days: 1 Monday-Thursday
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 7/9/2018–7/12/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Caroline Bock
Write your stories in this four session workshop! Focus on character, setting, plot, and dialogue to write a story ready to submit to local and national tee...
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$195.00
Days: 2 Mondays/Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 7/9/2018–7/19/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
Discover the secrets of the college application essay. And yes, there are secrets! Learn what to do, what to avoid, and above all how to make your es...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 7/9/2018–7/16/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: John Lingan
Whether you have a great idea, a few sample pages, or a finished manuscript, this workshop will help you bring it all together in a proposal that c...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 7/9/2018–7/30/2018
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tara Campbell
If you've dabbled in flash fiction, but need a spark of inspiration for new stories, this four-week online course is for you! After a brief review of the techniques of flash, participants will write to prompts, generate new ideas, and workshop st...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 7/10/2018–7/10/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Di Franco
Participants of this course will learn powerful tools that allow them to use writing as a path to healing and happiness. Writers will explore the topics of body ...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 7/10/2018–7/17/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Jacqueline Jules
How do you capture the essence of an experience on a single page? Can a childhood memory be used as a metaphor? Learn techniques for capturing a story in a narrative ...
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$115.00
Days: 2 Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 7/10/2018–7/17/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Regardless of the genre in which you write, point of view is the single most important choice a writer makes. From POV flows all the other choices: language, event, i...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 7/11/2018–8/15/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sandra Beasley
Write poems that come alive: bright, specific, and taking risks on the page. Each workshop will lead off with a guided close reading of one or two contemporary poems, talking about each poet's strategies; from there we'll segu...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 7/14/2018–7/14/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Improve your villanelle skills or to write your very first one! With the help of a widely published author of villanelles, sonnets, and other poems, you'll read...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 7/14/2018–7/28/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Cara Seitchek
Learn how to write proposals to request grants from funders. This workshop will cover how to research prospective funders, the elements of a...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 7/14/2018–7/14/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
It's often said that without conflict there is no story. It also holds true that strengthening the conflict in any type of fiction will bump up the tension and tur...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 7/19/2018–7/26/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Brenda W. Clough
Vampires, zombies, and halflings with swords! Participants will build a world and write in it. The first session of this workshop will be devoted to the basics of fict...
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$145.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 7/21/2018–7/28/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Want to try creative writing but don't know where to start? This workshop will help you begin by exploring imaginative forms of writing in a supportive environment. Fun prompts will help circumvent the analytic brain and give creativity ...
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$115.00
Days: 3 Wednesdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 7/25/2018–8/8/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Jacqueline Jules
How do you capture the essence of an experience on a single page? Can a childhood memory be used as a metaphor? Learn techniques for capturing a story in a nar...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 7/28/2018–7/28/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Baffled by line breaks? Unsure what makes a good line have integrity and muscle? In this class, we’ll explore how line length affects pace and content and how good line bre...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 7/28/2018–7/28/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
For those who have taken the Sonnet Crash Course and/or Villanelle Crash Course, or who have worked on sonnets and villanelles before -- here's an opportunity to build on yo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 7/28/2018–7/28/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Have you submitted whole or partial manuscripts to agents, publishers, or anthology editors—only to have your work swiftly rejected or ...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 8/1/2018–8/1/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Teen Writing

Workshop Leader: Alyce Miller
Together we'll dispel all the silly myths about the college essay to help you find your voice and craft a solid college essay that admissions committees will be deli...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 8/4/2018–8/4/2018
Location: Hill Center
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Edith Wharton once wrote “the story-teller’s first care is to choose [the] reflecting mind [of a story] deliberately, as one would choose a building-site, or decide upon the orientation of one’s house, and when this is done, to live inside t...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 8/6/2018–8/27/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Rob Jolles
Anyone can write a book. The problem is, most people are stopped before they even start by the size of the project and fear of the unknown. With the ...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Time: N/A-N/A
Dates: 8/6/2018–8/27/2018
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Meg Eden
Want to submit your work to magazines but don't know how? In this workshop, participants will learn about what literary magazines are, what editors are looking for in submissions, tips on how to get the most out of a lit mag, and the secre...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
Dates: 8/11/2018–8/11/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Claudia Gary
Improve your ear for meter, and fine-tune your understanding of how meter works in poetry! Have you ever wondered how scanning the lines of your first draft can make for a...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 8/11/2018
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole E. Miller
This workshop will reintroduce you to the elements of fairy tales and folk tales familiar to us as children, but so often transformed when we become adults—from Scheherazade to The Brothers Grimm to J.M. Barrie. In class discussion will examine w...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 8/23/2018–8/23/2018
Location: Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center 4805 Edgemoor Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing and Publishing

Workshop Leader: Hank Wallace
Lead with the future -- not background. That's the most important of eight journalism skills that will transform your writing. The others: writ...
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