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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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FREE
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Dates: 8/1
Location: Bethesda
Genre(s): Novel

Workshop Leader: Amin Ahmad
This is the year you finish, revise, and pitch your novel! Starting September 15, serious novelists who have completed a draft of their manuscript will have the opportunity to workshop their entire novel over the course of a year. Participants in the Novel Year Program will edit, rev...
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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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$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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$4,995.00
Note: Before registering and paying for this course, please submit work for acceptance.
Dates: 9/15/2015–8/31/2016
Time: 7:00-9:30 P.M.
Location: Bethesda
Level: Master
Genre(s): Novel

Workshop Leader: Amin Ahmad
This workshop is intended to support serious novelists who have completed a draft of their manuscript. Participants will edit, revise, and learn how to pitch their novel under the guidan...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/3–10/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Poliner
In this four-week workshop, those new to fiction will explore the basic elements of writing stories: characterization, plot, setting, point of view, dialogue, and scene. After laying a foundation with these elements, participants will put them together an...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 9/7–10/26
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
Participants will read classic and contemporary short stories, and develop their own theories and opinions on the constituent elements of the genre. That is: what makes a short story, and more importantly, what makes a good short story. Through a set of writing e...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 9/8–10/27
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Jack McEnany
Got a great idea for a book? It all starts with the proposal. This 8-week workshop teaches writers the seven essential elements of a winning non-fiction book or memoir proposal. From the jacket copy that provides clarity for the writer and anticipation for the reader, to a crisp and com...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 9/8–9/29
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Dave Singleton
Fall back into your writing and get creative with creative nonfiction. Simply put: creative nonfiction is writing about real events and telling a story. It's a hybrid genre that pulls in elements of fiction (literary techniques), the writer’s perspective, and factual infor...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/8–10/27
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Ready to learn more about poetry or re-kindle your writing practice? Join us to deepen your experience with poetry with a focus on craft—each session will be devoted to an aspect of craft (line, sound, imagery, form). We'll also learn by close reading great p...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Dates: 9/8–10/13
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Songwriting

Workshop Leader: Mary Alouette
Have you ever had a tune in your head and want to know how to turn it into a song? Perhaps you are an experienced songwriter but want to strengthen your skills. In this workshop we will study song structures, melody, harmony, tools for lyric writing, commercial songwriting techniques...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/9–10/14
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: James Alexander
In this six week workshop, participants will learn the concepts and techniques for conceiving and developing persuasive writing products as ghostwriters, perhaps for their jobs, or for supporting spokespersons for their favo...
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$215.00
Days: 5 Thursdays
Time: 7:15 PM-10:00 PM
Dates: 9/10–10/8
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Pat McNees
Guided Autobiography (a la James Birren). Capture your life experiences in short pieces of autobiographical writing--two pages (500 wds) on a different theme each week, to read aloud. For the first session, write about a turning point in your life, or a...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 9/11–10/30
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
If you have always wanted to write a novel but didn't know where to start, this workshop will help you understand the process of writing a novel so you can get started putting pen to paper. We will focus on everything from generating ideas to developing characters to establishin...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 9/11–10/30
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
When writing a novel, we must know our primary characters inside and out. We need to understand their desires, motivations, and frustrations, their histories and their futures. This workshop will focus on the development of authentic characters. We will examine character as both autonomous...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/14–11/2
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Robert Friedman
This workshop is for writers who want to use real-life characters and/or true events in their fiction. Each writer comes to class with a "newsworthy" character or event he or she would like to “novelize” as we explore the nexus between journalism and ...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/14–10/19
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole Idar
This workshop will focus on examining and strengthening the key philosophical question(s) that makes a short story memorable. Flannery O' Connor says of her work that she concerned herself with "the action of grace in territory held largely by...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/14–10/19
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Kelly Forsythe
Find inspiration from history: a poetry workshop that explores current or historical events, people, places, or things as poetic muses. Participants will write poems inspired by using pre-existing documents and investigative research of their...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 9/14–10/5
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Bernadette Geyer
Afraid to dive into the waters of social media for fear of getting all wet? This workshop for writers, freelancers, and small business owners provides an overview of ways to use the internet and social media to broaden their outreach (e.g., Website, Blog, Facebook, Twi...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/15–11/17
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Sara Taber
In this workshop we will read and discuss memoirs, stories, essays, letters, and poetry written by women about their lives as girls and mature women. Mining these readings for perspectives on what it means to be a woman, we’ll sample a variety of approach...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/15–11/17
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Sara Taber
Writing is “a careful act of construction,” William Zinsser notes. “You must know what the essentials tools are and what job they are designed to do.” This is a workshop for those who wish to sharpen the tools in their writer’s toolbox to create fine lit...
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$270.00
Days: 7 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/16–10/28
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John DeDakis
A step-by-step guide on how to write a novel -- and how to sell it. We'll go from how to get the nub of an idea all the way through to getting your novel into the hands of expectant fans. By the end of our time together, you will have started your novel a...
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$100.00
Days: 5 Wednesdays
Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 9/16–10/14
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Sinta Jimenez
This workshop will focus on strong in class and at home exercises to provide participants with the direction and creative leadership needed to jump start a dry spell or power through a current project.
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/16–11/11
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, developed by the author of the book by the same name, will help you complete a rough draft in just eight weeks. Participants will receive the encoura...
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$135.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 12:30 PM-1:30 PM
Dates: 9/16–11/4
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Stearns
The focus in this workshop will be on writing concise, effective stories that have a specific, meaningful point, and remain with the reader. Participants will read various styles of flash fiction, discuss what makes them successful, respond to prompts, ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/16–9/16
Location: Annapolis
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Mary McCarthy
There's no "I" in essay. Just because a story is being told by you doesn't mean it has to include repeated use of the first person. In this workshop, we'll review ways to tell your story and make it more about your reader than yourself. Come prepar...
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$290.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 AM
Dates: 9/16–11/4
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Stearns
Workshop participants will read samples of various styles of memoirs, discuss how to make the most of voice, setting, structure, and other components, and respond to writing prompts, all intended to help the authors take their work to the next level...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 9/16–11/4
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Robert Forman
To break into television writing, a writer needs a calling card: a script. Every week, participants will learn about being a working television writer, will work on pitching ideas, and will be guided through the step-by-step process of transforming those raw ideas int...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-10:00 PM
Dates: 9/16–9/16
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard C. Washer
Among the tools available to the playwright dialogue is the most obvious and possibly least understood element of craft. In this session we will identify some of the many uses of dialogue and discuss how the writer uses this tool to expl...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/17–11/12
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
You are considering an intermediate class, which means you are writing regularly or feeling guilty for not. Welcome! We all struggle to find the time and space to write. This workshop is designed to get you working and keep you going with deadlin...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 9/17–10/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Sinta Jimenez
This workshop class will focus on LGBT issues and literature providing a strong community for LGBT writers and allies. Participants in this workshop can expect to learn and refine their storytelling abilities while in an accepting LGBT environment in c...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:15 PM
Dates: 9/17–11/5
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Maxine Clair
Capture pivotal moments of your life—moments of challenge, expansion and discovery. As you learn to unearth material from memory, fact and fiction collide, and basic elements of craft come into play. We will look at scene, exposition, figurative lang...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/19–10/31
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
Have you started a novel—or have a great idea for one—but need some direction and feedback? In this workshop, participants will learn about the building blocks—plot, characters, setting, dialogue, conflict—and how they all fit together to create a solid fo...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 9/19
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
Having trouble getting your dialogue to sparkle? In this workshop, you will see that writing realistic-sounding dialogue has little to do with how people actually speak. You’ll learn how to use dialogue to advance the plot and reveal character, and we’...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 9/19
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nancy Naomi Carlson
If you've always wanted to get your writing published or want to publish in more competitive markets, this is the class for you. Fall is "prime time" for submitting your writing to literary journals and magazines. In this workshop we will learn abou...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 9/20
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Assonance, consonance, alliteration, internal rhyme—they’re often called “sound effects,” and they are among the most basic and essential tools that all poets should know how to use. This workshop will focus on how certain vowel or consonant sounds can ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 9/21–11/9
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/ Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Tiffany Hawk
To write a novel of publishable quality, you will need more than ambition. You’ll need a strong foundation built on craft, community, and wholehearted discipline. Start laying that groundwork here. You’ll work on technique (clarity, scene development, character, plot), explore ...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Weeks
Dates: 9/21–10/26
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Peter Kline
Sometimes creativity just needs a little spark to make it catch fire; through fun and unexpected writing exercises, this course is intended to start conflagrations. This stimulating online course is designed to help participants to produce new work and experiment with different w...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/21
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Mary McCarthy
The landscape of blogs and social media changes daily. Whether you're an experienced blogger/author or you'd like to start a blog, this workshop will cover how to spend your time effectively online and the best ways to share your writing and your m...
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$115.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 9/21–10/12
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Sheila McMullin
Feeling overwhelmed by the increasing demands of being active online by your publisher, editor, colleagues; do you want an author website, but are unfamiliar with how to get started? Using Wordpress templates, participants will under...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/22–11/10
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Dan Gutstein
The course seeks to engage participants above all at the language-forming level, leading them toward strategies of adventurous phrasing. Through exercises, readings, and workshop sessions, participants will write and revise poems on a weekly bas...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/22–10/27
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Nan Fry
In this continuation of a previous workshop, open to all, we'll explore the development of modern poetry and the ways in which it can inspire us today. With Kenneth Koch and Kate Farrell’s anthology Sleeping on the Wing: An Anthology of Modern Poetry with Essays on...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/22–10/27
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers
This course will focus on poetry as our medium for exploring the natural and human-made world, giving participants the opportunity write deeply about whatever place(s) inspire them: cities and towns, landforms or buildings, old a...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/22–10/13
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Khris Baxter
This the golden age of Television. The opportunities in writing for TV are better than ever, opportunities that didn't exist until only recently. A rapidly changing landscape where new shows, new channels, and new and inventive ways of storytelli...
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$290.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 9/23–11/11
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jim Beane
Designed to familiarize the aspiring short story writer with "what it takes" to bring the story in their heads to the page. The focus in this workshop is on how fiction fundamentals intertwine and collaborate to create successful short stories. Become a better ...
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$80.00
Days: 3 Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Dates: 9/23–10/7
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Sinta Jimenez
This workshop will focus on exercises at home and in class to help writers organize their projects. This will be especially helpful for writers of novels, longer works, and poetry/fiction collections. Participants should bring their project to the ...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/23–11/11
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Ellen Herbert
This workshop is dedicated to culling the stories you need to tell from the complicated tangle of memory. Participants will be encouraged to use literary techniques such as recreated dialogue, compression of time, and authenticity to write short p...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/26
Location: Annapolis
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Schwartz
The ending is the last thing your reader sees, but will often feel rushed, added on without thought. Find an organic end for your story or novel. Is there an epiphany or a question? A traditional plotted ending or a resonant finish? Learn to combine the in...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 9/26
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole E. Miller
In the sea of books on becoming a writer and mastering one’s craft, which volumes form the life-raft? This seminar will offer critiques of the classics, including E.M. Forster’s Aspects of the Novel and Edith Wharton’s The Writing of Fiction. We will talk...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
Dates: 9/26–10/31
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Ellen Ryan
Learn how professionals get their magazine, newspaper, and digital nonfiction articles published. In six weeks, this nuts-and-bolts course conveys ways to write about people and places with life and color plus how to find the right markets for...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 9/26
Location: Glen Echo
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Khris Baxter
This workshop will guide the beginning or intermediate screenwriter through the entire process of crafting a professional grade screenplay (or TV pilot): idea, story, structure, scenes, and dialogue. We’ll also discuss strategies for promoting and ma...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/28–11/16
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: John Morris
The workshop will offer focused, constructive criticism of your short-story draft, with the goal of bringing your work to a new level of accomplishment. By discussing the craft of the short story as it applies to actual examples before us (your story drafts)...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-10:00 PM
Dates: 9/29–11/17
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Dana Cann
Does your novel have legs? For writers with a novel in progress, getting through the first 50-100 pages is a critical first step in determining whether you’ll get to the end. This is a workshop for writers who are there (or just about there). We’ll cover the b...
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$135.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 10/3–10/17
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Hildie Block
Have a book in your mind but no idea where to start? Sometimes the best place to start is to create a structure, an outline, or scaffold that works. This short workshop will give participants techniques and exercises to create that structure. We wil...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/29–11/17
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

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 i...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 9/29–11/3
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli
Honoring William Stafford’s dictum: “Writer’s block? Lower your standards!”, in this workshop we’ll put together a toolbox of exercises and strategies for jumping into the poem’s first draft without hesitancy or over-thinking. Revising...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/30–11/18
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Barbara Esstman
This workshop is for serious writers with a book-length project and hopes for publication. Learn technical skills: character/scene development, language, dialogue, conflict, and plot. Discuss the psychological aspects: how to locate and stay wit...
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$360.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/30–11/4
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Ron Capps
In this writing and workshop intensive course, participants will create new work but can also workshop existing pieces of memoir or personal essay. When we’re not writing or workshopping we'll talk about what to put in and what to leave out of a memoir, t...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 9/30–12/2
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Rees
In this eight-week workshop, intermediate and advanced poets will concentrate on reading, writing, and critiquing poetry. Each class session will include a brief discussion of selected contemporary poems, an in-class writing prompt, and wor...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Thursdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/1–11/19
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli
"Learn about poetry from the poem," writes Ed Hirsch. This workshop offers an oasis of sustained attentiveness to the intricacies of the poem, a made thing, as each week we read, hear, and collectively uncover and reflect upon a varied s...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 10/1–11/19
Location: Online
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Naomi Ayala
If you ignore the little voice that keeps inviting you to write, it may grow silent, as may the little voice that keeps inviting you to tinker and rework. You may come to believe there never was a little voice. Aimed at helping you kickstart a regular writing practice, weekly assi...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 10/1–11/5
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Peter Lovenheim
Want to join the public conversation about important issues in health, medicine, and science? In this course, we’ll learn how to write in clear, clean prose—with minimal jargon--and in a compelling narrative form to educate,...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 10/3
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
If you’ve always wanted to write a mystery novel but didn’t know where to start, this workshop is for you. Learn about writing fundamentals as they apply to the mystery. You’ll examine characteristics of the many subgenres (thrillers, too!) and learn a...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
Dates: 10/3
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Cheryl Somers Aubin
Have you always wanted to write your family memoir but weren’t sure how to start? Join other emerging writers as you learn about the different types of family memoirs and how to work on them. In this one-day, four-hour class, participants will ...
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$270.00
Days: 7 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Dates: 10/3–11/14
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Kim Roberts
This craft seminar will examine how line length, punctuation, and line breaks affect a poem's pace, emphasis, and meaning. Participants will read model poems, write new work, and revise.
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$100.00
Days: 2 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/5–10/12
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Janice Gary
If you’re having difficulty structuring your memoir, this workshop will provide ideas and solid options. Finding the right structure for a book-length memoir can be overwhelming. Do you start at the beginning of your story or do you move backwards from t...
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$315.00
Days: 7 Weeks
Dates: 10/5–11/16
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
Nonfiction writing includes a lot of research. If you can use the research you do for more than one piece, you'll maximize your time. If you can write about related topics often enough, you'll create a niche for yourself. In this workshop we'll look at ways to identify your interests ...
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