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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:30 P.M.
Dates: 7/8–8/26
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Can't find the time/energy/inspiration to get your novel written? This popular course will help writers complete a rough draft in just eight weeks, with the encouragement of professional writing coach Kathryn Johnson (author of over ...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
Dates: 7/7–8/11
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Nan Fry
To revise your poems in a way that is a true re-envisioning can be as creative and challenging as writing the first draft. How can we recapture that initial spark? In this six-week workshop, participants will read and discuss sample revisions by well-...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Dates: 7/8–8/26
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
This intermediate fiction workshop focuses on participant work. Each class member is guaranteed to workshop one full-length piece. The instructor will also offer weekly prompts and assignments for inspiration and practice. Particip...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:30 P.M.
Dates: 7/9–8/27
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
This workshop is designed for people new or returning to fiction. It will offer weekly assignments, generative prompts (right in your email!), outside readings, and an in-depth class discussion of at least one story by each participant. The course...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 P.M.-10:00 PM
Dates: 7/9–8/13
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: John Weiskopf
How the film world unfolds affecting the characters is one of the prime creative forces in a riveting script. Participants will learn and analyze how different film worlds impact and reflect the characters, and how the characters directly act upon ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Dates: 7/11
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Although novellas have been around for as long as any other form of fiction, they are receiving a lot of attention today due to the increase in digital readers. This medium-length format is a boon to writers who enjoy working in shorter formats but want t...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Dates: 7/11
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Virginia Woolf maintained that the writer’s job was to represent life and the experience of living, whether the medium was fiction or non-fiction. Out of the fearless, flowing fabric of observation and feeling, Woolf composed short stories, literary critic...
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$270.00
Weeks: 6
Dates: 7/13–8/17
Location: Online
Level: All
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Mathias Svalina
In this poetry workshop participants will devise their own daily writing practice that is meditative, fun, and productive. This practice could be writing in response to physical activities, to works of art, to a focused idea, to a form, any daily work that merges writing and ritual. The first wee...
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$315.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 P.M. -10:00 P.M.
Dates: 7/14–8/18
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Mark Cugini
In this class, students will write, workshop, and critique six new poems. Class discussions will focus on poetic devices, modes, forms, and techniques, and writers will be given weekly prompts to "jumpstart" their writing. The goal of this c...
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$360.00
Weeks: 8
Dates: 7/17–9/4
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tammy Greenwood
In this workshop, participants will expand upon what they have learned in Fiction I about the key components of novel writing. The focus of this workshop will be on character development, scene building, narrative structure, and the process of writing a first draft. Participants...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Dates: 7/18–8/22
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Solveig Eggerz
Generate stories from your experiences and your barely remembered memories. Discover what makes your recollection a “story.” You will learn how the ancient craft of storytelling relates to the written story. During each session, participants wi...
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$115.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
Dates: 7/18–7/25
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: John Weiskopf
You cannot make a good film from a bad screenplay. Great films are born from great scripts. Understanding the twenty key pressure points in your script make the difference between having it read by a producer or V.P. of development at a studio o...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 7/21–8/11
Location: Online
Level: All
Genre(s): Online

Workshop Leader: Dave Singleton
What's your story? What are the tales that you've been dying to tell, but haven't had the time or structure to put pen to paper? Get started and write about your life in this hands-on, practical course in which you'll write four pieces in four weeks and get individual feedback from the worksho...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Dates: 7/25
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
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 Saturday coffee and pastries, and learn about organizing your time, establishing a productive writing routine, and getting your...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Saturdays
Time: 1:30 P.M.-4:00 P.M.
Dates: 8/1–8/15
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Professional Writing

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 good proposal, and how to approach funders. Proposal writing is a practical skill that applies to thos...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:30 P.M.-10:00 P.M.
Dates: 8/6
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
In this workshop participants will discuss, explore, and attempt to demystify one of the more personal and varied aspects of a creative writer’s craft: process. The course will highlight some strategies for getting started, explorin...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Dates: 8/8
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Arguably, without conflict, there is no story. But how does a writer know whether the conflict in their story is strong enough to carry a whole novel or even a short story? How do we build a believable source of conflict and then sustain it throughout a st...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Dates: 8/8
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Jessica Handler
A well-written memoir that addresses grief, loss, or trauma proves to the writer that he or she has moved forward enough to look back. But how does a writer’s “back” shape his or her “forward?” If we intend to write well about what’s changed us, looking ...
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$40.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:00 PM
Dates: 8/20
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Hank Wallace
Lead with the future -- rather than with background. That's the most important of eight journalism skills that will transform your queries, proposals, and manuscripts. The others: write your readers' language, be positive (to be both clear and upbeat),...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 7:30 P.M.-10:00 P.M.
Dates: 8/20
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
Characters set in motion a series of events and actions that become the engine of your play. In this workshop, participants will look at strategies for exploring and developing characters in the early stages of writing a play, and ...
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$40.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Dates: 8/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Younger Writers

Workshop Leader: Pamela Toutant
Join award-winning essayist and seasoned college essay tutor Pamela Toutant for a morning workshop to jump-start a college admissions essay that reflects your strengths and authentic voice. This workshop is an opportunity to receive guidance on the ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Dates: 8/29
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard Washer
What does your audience need to know and when do they need to know it? You only have a couple of hours (often less) to tell a story onstage, so there isn’t much time for providing back stories. In this workshop participants will c...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.
Dates: 8/29
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Nan Fry
William Carlos Williams wrote that “There’s nothing sentimental about a machine, and : A poem is a small or (large) machine made out of words. When I say there is nothing sentimental about a poem, I mean that there can be no part of it that is redundant.”...
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