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$215.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.
Dates: 5/23–7/11
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Hailey Leithauser
This workshop will focus on the short poem and what can be encompassed within only a handful of well chosen lines. Learn what a poem must accomplish to be deemed successful, and how to increase the potency of your own work by iden...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Dates: 5/23–5/23
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
At one time genre fiction (also called “commercial fiction”) such as mysteries, science fiction, and romance, were considered plot-driven while literary fiction was thought of as the sophisticated, character-driven older cousin. Today, these once div...
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$195.00
Weeks: 4
Dates: 5/25–6/15
Location: Online
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Bernadette Geyer
Don’t just sit around waiting for the muse. For four weeks, this workshop will provide inspiration for generating new poems. Lessons will be posted weekly, featuring example poems and links to additional reading. Participants will share and comment on each other’s work and will receive individu...
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$360.00
Weeks: 8
Dates: 5/25–7/13
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 exerci...
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$360.00
Weeks: 8
Dates: 5/25–7/13
Location: Online
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
This advanced class will attempt to answer two questions: Why did that story get published? And what does my fiction need to get there? Over eight weeks, participants will distinguish between familiar workshop-type stories and the ones that achieve publication. With writing prompt...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:30 PM
Dates: 5/26–7/14
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Ron Capps
Recently we've seen a number of memoirists brought down for writing fictional tales and calling them fact--Herman Rosenblatt, Margaret Jones, and James Frye come to mind. But there is a long literary tradition of writing true lives' stories as fiction,...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:30 P.M.
Dates: 5/28–7/2
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Con Lehane
This course will concentrate on writing stories. Whether you’re writing a short story or novel, comedy or tragedy, mystery, suspense, adventure, ‘the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself,’ or something else, certain elements of s...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Dates: 5/30
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Vladimir Nabokov once said, “style and structure are the essence of a book. Great ideas are hogwash.” This one day workshop will focus on the smaller units which make up great writing—the right word, the elegant turn of phrase, the startling epithet, the a...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Dates: 5/30–7/18
Location: Bethesda
Level: B/I
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Ann McLaughlin
This eight-week workshop will study the use of detail in novels and short stories. Participants will discuss character, setting, and plot, and read and discuss a novel by a well known writer. Each participant will have the opportunity to submit work a...
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$270.00
Days: 5 Saturdays
Time: 12:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
Dates: 5/30–6/27
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Con Lehane
This workshop will cover such craft elements as character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, setting, pacing, and voice, as well as the importance of substance and structure to a story, with a special emphasis on techniques for creating su...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
Dates: 5/30–5/30
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Michele Wolf
Whether you have yet to submit your first poem to a literary journal or are ready to offer a publisher a book-length manuscript, this intensive one-day workshop will give you advice on how to succeed, tailored to your work’s strengths. Get tips on placing poe...
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$195.00
Weeks: 4
Dates: 6/1–6/22
Location: Online
Level: All
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lisa Lieberman
Immersing ourselves in another era is one of the pleasures of reading -- and writing -- historical fiction. How do writers bring past times and places vividly to life? Participants will learn how to capture the lived reality of other periods and places, adapting the tools of a cultural historian ...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Mondays
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:30 P.M.
Dates: 6/1–7/6
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Con Lehane
This workshop is intended for writers well along in the creation of a crime fiction novel—from the village cozy to hard-boiled to the darkest noir, from suspense to intrigue to the page-turner action thriller. Those polishing a completed draft, looking for en...
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$40.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/1
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Mary McCarthy
Join bestselling author Mary McCarthy as she describes writing an erotica-filled romance trilogy while also existing in the real world as an editor and mom of four. The mysterious cross-section between fiction and nonfiction and the journey from novel idea and ...
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$360.00
Weeks: 8
Dates: 6/2–7/21
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Tony Mancus
In this workshop, participants will look at what makes poems cohere in groupings - how they build together and off of each other. The course will focus on a different author each week, and try to sort out what wiring makes their series work. Participants will also review and critique eac...
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$360.00
Weeks: 8
Dates: 6/2–7/21
Location: Online
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Erin M. Bertram
Each week, participants will explore a different element of this compressed and charged genre via writing exercises, assigned readings, mindfulness exercises, YouTube videos, and maybe even self-guided micro-field trips, reading work by poets like Sappho, George Herbert, Ono no Komachi, and Car...
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$270.00
Days: 7 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Dates: 6/2–7/14
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Interediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Pamela Gerhardt
Ever wonder how to write one of those short but thought-provoking essays that appear in places such as The New York Times "Modern Love" column? In a fun and relaxed setting, learn the tools to create short, publishable narrative essa...
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$360.00
Weeks: 8
Dates: 6/3–7/22
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Erin M. Bertram
Each week, participants will explore a different element of this fascinating genre via writing exercises, assigned readings, mindfulness exercises, YouTube videos, and maybe even self-guided micro-field trips, reading work by writers like Frank Bidart, Claudia Rankine, and Anne Carson...
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$315.00
Days: 7 Wednesdays
Time: 6:30 P.M.-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/3–7/15
Location: Bethesda
Level: I/A
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Ben Farmer
This course aims to aid writers with the delicate task of generating new material during the middle or later stages of a longer work--novels or collections of linked stories are both welcome. Participants will read and discuss short excerpts from (potentially) fa...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Wednesday
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:30 P.M.
Dates: 6/3
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Christine Koubek
You've written a travel piece and are searching for a potential place to publish that story—newspaper travel section, travel, regional or specialty magazine, travel website, or literary magazine? In this workshop you’ll look at a vari...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Dates: 6/3–6/24
Location: Annapolis
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Simon Ward
“It's...the things that are left out, that are implied, the landscape just under the smooth (but sometimes broken and unsettled) surface of things.” Raymond Carver, “On Writing” This four-week course will examine the various facets of litera...
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$360.00
Weeks: 8
Dates: 6/4–7/23
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Erin M. Bertram
Each week, participants will explore a different element of this hybrid, lyrically-driven sub-genre via writing exercises, assigned readings, mindfulness exercises, YouTube videos, and maybe even self-guided micro-field trips, reading work by writers like Charles Baudelaire, Tove Jans...
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$360.00
Days: 7 Thursdays
Time: 6:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Dates: 6/4–7/16
Location: Bethesda
Level: I
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole Miller
Pinning down a story’s point of view remains one of the core challenges for a fiction writer. Once you grasp it, many other pieces of the puzzle—voice, dialogue, consciousness, description and setting—often fall into place. In this seven-week series, partici...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Dates: 6/6
Location: Bethesda
Level: B/I
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Schwartz
Good dialogue is a great tool for both fiction and nonfiction writers, yet many writers avoid it. This workshop will help participants explore "real talk" versus written conversation, analyze what characters should say and how they should say it, and understand...
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$40.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:30 A.M.-11:30 A.M
Dates: 6/6
Location: Annapolis
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Laura Oliver
Everything readers avoid experiencing in real life, they live for in story. It’s a brain thing. We are physically hardwired to respond mentally and emotionally to narratives and we subconsciously desire specific elements of craft to pull us in and keep us ho...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Dates: 6/6
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
The success of a novel or short story depends upon how believable it seems to the reader. Manuscripts that lack realism are rejected by publishers and found uninteresting by readers. Learn the many ways to saturate your fiction with lush, realistic, ap...
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$430.00
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M.
Dates: 6/8–6/12
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Zahara Heckscher
Do you dream of participating in a writing retreat, but can’t get out of town? This workshop, a non–residential week–long retreat at The Writer’s Center, is for you. Join us for an intensive, supportive, exhilarating, focused week of writing. ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 10:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.
Dates: 6/9
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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$290.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 1:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M.
Dates: 6/9–7/28
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathleen Wheaton
Where to begin? That's the dilemma all writers face when confronted with the blank page. In this class participants will consider various ways to get a running start on a short story, and how to keep the momentum going to the end. In...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 P.M.-10:00 PM
Dates: 6/9–7/28
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: John Weiskopf
Hollywood studios, agents, and producers are busy with stacks of screenplays piled on their desks. A writer has two to three pages to grab the executive, producer, and agent’s interest, and ten pages to set the hook. If you don’t, then your script g...
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$315.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 6:30 P.M.-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/11/–7/16
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Songwriting

Workshop Leader: Mary Alouette
Have you ever had a tune in your head and wanted to know how to turn it into a song? Perhaps you have written songs before but want to make them even better than they already are. In this workshop participants will study musical form, melody, and style...
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$360.00
Weeks: 8
Dates: 6/15–8/3
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Christopher Linforth
This workshop will examine the qualities of good writing and good storytelling. After a recap on the constituent elements of short fiction, participants will then take a fresh look at contemporary and classic stories alike. Each week everyone will write short pieces (longer, to...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
Dates: 6/16–7/21
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 participants will put together a toolbox of exercises and strategies for jumping into the poem’s first draft without hesitancy or over-thi...
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$315.00
Days: 7 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/17–7/29
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Poliner
If you've always wanted to write but haven't known where to start, this is the workshop for you. Working in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, participants will gain an understanding of the foundation of these genres, practice elements of e...
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$100.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 10:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
Dates: 6/18–6/25
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Marie Pavlicek-Wehrli
A two-session conversation on the book length poem "alphabet" by Danish poet Inger Christensen, tr. Susanna Nied. Structured on Fibonacci’s mathematical sequence, it is a “poet’s encyclopedia of natural history and its destroyers…s...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 7:30 P.M.-9:30 P.M.
Dates: 6/18–6/25
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Brenda W. Clough
The first session of this workshop will be devoted to the basics of fiction and story construction. In the second session, participants will do a start-up exercise to help get them started on a possibly longer work.
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$225.00
Days: 5 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Dates: 6/20–7/25
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 soli...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Dates: 6/20
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
“How do I know when my story is done?” It’s not really finished—and ready for the eyes of a literary agent or publisher—until you’ve edited it. But how does an author go about editing his/her own work, beyond the spell-check? Learn the most common (and of...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.
Dates: 6/20
Location: Glen Echo
Level: All
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Khris Baxter
This intensive (yet fun) workshop will guide participants through the entire process of crafting a professional grade screenplay (or television pilot): idea, story, structure, scenes, dialogue, and description. Participants will also explore proven met...
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$40.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Dates: 6/20
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: 2:00 P.M.-4:30 P.M.
Dates: 6/20
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Alan Orloff
You’ve spent months (or years) of your life—not to mention copious amounts of blood, sweat, and tears—writing a dynamite novel. Don’t simply spend five minutes slapping together a weak query letter; you owe it to yourself to write a great one that will...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:30 PM
Dates: 6/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Adults Write For Children

Workshop Leader: Peter Mandel
Having a children's book published in today's tough market can seem like an impossible dream. But, in reality, getting your book idea into shape and into print can hinge on just the right advice and a timely critique from a pro. Do you need an agent...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Mondays
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:30 P.M.
Dates: 6/22–7/13
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 a laying a foundation with these elements, participants will put the...
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$195.00
Weeks: 4
Dates: 6/23–7/14
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Dave Singleton
Ready to focus on your writing? Get creative this summer 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 factu...
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$195.00
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Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 P.M.-9:30 P.M.
Dates: 6/23–7/14
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All
Genre(s): Fiction

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Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
While most fiction classes give budding novelists the chance to critique individual scenes, in this workshop, participants will focus on how their book-length project works as a whole. ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Dates: 6/23
Location: Annapolis
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Lynn Schwartz
Do you want to begin a new writing project, need to quiet your inner critic, or develop new habits to keep you on course? Let’s explore how acting exercises, creative journaling, collage, vision boards, and writing prompts can inspire, focus, and...
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$40.00
Days: 1 Thursday
Time: 6:30 P.M.-8:30 PM
Dates: 6/25
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
Writing about sex can cause many of us a lot of grief. Some people try to dance around the topic, perhaps out of fear that if they include too much sex in their work or write about sex in the wrong way, they won't be taken seriously. Others are eager ...
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$360.00
Days: 7 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M.
Dates: 6/27–8/15
Location: Bethesda
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Anne Becker
In this seven week intensive workshop for participants who are ready to put together a chapbook (must have 30 pages of strong poetry), we’ll explore how groups of poems can work together to create a focused and whole experience. During the first six week...
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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday/Sunday
Time: 1:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.
Dates: 6/27–6/28
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Basil White
If you can read this and you can laugh, you can write humor! Learn to apply the basic psychology of how your brain gets a joke to discover what’s “gettable” about your subject matter, real or fictional, for humor writing or other ironic purposes. Th...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 P.M.-4:30 P.M.
Dates: 6/27
Location: Bethesda
Level: All
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 about mystery-...
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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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$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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$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 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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$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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$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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$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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