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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 prepared ...
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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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$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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$50.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 12:00 PM-3:00 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 mes...
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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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$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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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 9/26–11/14
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Richard C. Washer
In this workshop we will review the basic elements of playwriting in the context of writing scenes (ten minute plays, one-act and full-length plays). We will use exercises to jump-start the imagination, consider various approaches to ...
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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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$100.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/1–10/8
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum and Joan Waites
Have you ever wanted to create art along with your writing--but felt you lacked skills or direction? Participants begin each session with a personal-writing prompt, which then beco...
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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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$360.00
Days: 8 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/5–11/23
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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$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 a...
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$315.00
Days: 7 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/5–11/16
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers
While poetry usually operates on the “less is more” philosophy, we’ll explore how longer poems can afford us many possibilities at writers: content layering, a narrative arc, room for our obsessions, and increased emotional...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/6–11/10
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathleen Wheaton
Do you start stories that peter out after three pages? Do you have a feeling for character and situation but not for plot? In this class we'll work on breaking the logjam and moving on through to The End. Expanding on in-class assignmen...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 10/8–11/12
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Willona Sloan
Enhance your skills in arts writing in this aggressively-paced six-week course. Arts journalism is a highly competitive field. Learn how to make your own opportunities, find your niche and sell your stories. You will be expected...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Thursdays
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 10/8–10/15
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Kimberly Palmer
With its focus on brevity, Twitter is easy for writers to dismiss. When used correctly, though, Twitter can become a valuable writing tool, as a source of inspiration, supportive community, and useful marketing device. Together, we wil...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:30 AM-4:30 PM
Dates: 10/10
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole E. Miller
T.S. Eliot once wrote that “the great aim is accurate, precise and definite description. The first thing is to recognize how extraordinarily difficult this is...each man sees a little differently, and to get out clearly and exactly what he does see, he...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/10
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Tiffany Hawk
We all love a good story, but when it comes to our own, we wonder why anyone would care. And if they do – gasp, what will they think? In this full-day workshop, you will learn why personal essays do matter, what the good ones are made of, how to write...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 10/10–10/31
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Maritza Rivera
Tap into your cultural roots to find common themes shared by different cultures and nationalities. This workshop brings the poetry of Pablo Neruda, Rita Dove, Li-Young Lee, Elizabeth Bishop, Martin Espada, Naomi Shihab-Nye, Joel Dias-Porter, Lucille ...
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$360.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/10–11/14
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Anne Becker
Explore the field of poetry from its most basic elements—words, silence, image, music, story, structure—to discover the subtle ways it transforms our lives. Starting with the question, “what sensations does the poem bring up in you? in each meeting we’ll re...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/10
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: Khris Baxter
We'll examine proven methods for adapting the novel, narrative non-fiction, memoir, short story, or stage play to the big screen. This intensive (yet fun) workshop will guide you through the entire process of crafting a professional-grade screenplay ...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/10–11/7
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Younger Writers

Workshop Leader: Lucinda Marshall
Young authors (ages 12-16) will learn to use workshopping techniques to fine tune, revise, edit, and present poetry. Participants will have a chance to share their work, respond to writing prompts, get feedback, and learn about...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Monday
Time: 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Dates: 10/12
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Mary McCarthy
A laughing reader is a happy reader. This workshop will cover how to add humor to your essay, manuscript or everyday writing. We will review the different types of written humor and how to incorporate them into your writing in a subtle yet effective way. Bri...
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$215.00
Days: 5 Weeks
Dates: 10/12–11/9
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Bianca Stone
In this workshop we’ll explore alternative forms in poetry in response to weekly exercises. We’ll explore new uses of unusual forms such as ekphrasis, erasure, poetry comics, prose, video, pastiche and other forms. participants will be encouraged to bring in their own interests and persona...
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$215.00
Days: 5 Weeks
Dates: 10/12–11/9
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Bianca Stone
In this exciting five-week class we will make visual art pieces using our own poems! Juxtaposing two art forms gives us a new and unique experience with our poetic voice. By making “poetry comics” (a term we will also discuss) we’ll be able to see our writing more clearly, thus editing our...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-10:00 PM
Dates: 10/13–11/17
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: John Weiskopf
Great films have great scenes. In this six week course, we will watch a dozen of the greatest film scenes ever written for the screen. Participants will learn the essential writing principles that make these scenes extraordinary. We will disc...
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$80.00
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/14–10/21
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
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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$195.00
Days: 4 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/15–11/5
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Beth Kanter
This course is for individuals who want to tone up their writing muscles so they can go the distance. Each class will begin with a short warm up exercise followed by a prompt for a longer piece. We will then focus on specifics like effective beginnings...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/17
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Willona Sloan
You’re busy. You want to write. Learn how to make the most of writing 20 minutes a day. With focus, you can achieve a great deal in short bursts. Learn how to generate new writing, tackle revisions and even submit your work for publication, u...
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$100.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Dates: 10/17–10/24
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Patricia Gray
Before holiday madness sets in, why not take a personal breather? In just two Saturday afternoons, you can explore various forms of writing and express your creativity. Using tried and true exercises, we’ll circumvent the analyti...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/17
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Schwartz
Whether you want to write a memoir, blog, college essay, letter to your granddaughter, or use your own life as the basis for fiction, life story writing requires that we tell where we come from and who we are. Learn to identify your story's essence and ...
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$360.00
Days: 4 Mondays/1 Saturday
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM (Mondays) 10:00-4:00 PM (Saturday)
Dates: 10/19–11/21
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Participants will spend the first four Mondays at The Writer’s Center writing and refining short poems, focusing on the Japanese forms of haiku and tanka, as well as American free verse. We’ll study and practic...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 10/20
Location: Bethesda (Vino Volo)
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
Join us at Vino Volo on Woodmont Avenue in Bethesda for a unique evening of tasting wine and learning how to maximize the power of taste, smell, sight, touch, and even sound in your writing. Drinking and writing seem to be a natural combin...
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$290.00
Days: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 10/21–12/9
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
In this interactive writing workshop, we'll create and respond to participant fiction as well as explore some key elements of story and novel writing through guided discussion and exercises, and explorations of published work. All parti...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/24–12/12
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Ann McLaughlin
In this workshop we will discuss novel manuscripts by class members, both those barely begun and those almost completed. We will concentrate on how to create believable characters and telling details and we will return often to the ques...
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$135.00
Days: 1 Saturday/Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 10/24–10/25
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 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...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 10/24
Location: Annapolis
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Is there a right or wrong way to end a poem? a better way? This workshop will focus on closure—the strategies that poets have traditionally used to bring their poems to a clear, resonant conclusion. We will also discuss anti-closure—the resistance t...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
Dates: 10/24
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
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...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Sunday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/25
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Baron Wormser
Poems spur us to write other poems: participants will write new poems based on prompts while examining how prompts engage us. Writing from prompts (poems by Jane Kenyon, Bruce Weigl, Donald Justice, and others) can open doors that otherwise might not be opened...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 10/26–11/16
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Bernadette Geyer
Poets often have folders full of poem drafts they’ve abandoned because, while they believe the draft has promise, they can’t seem to figure out how to move the draft in the right direction. For four weeks, we will explore ways to “rethink” stubborn drafts in order to breathe new l...
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$115.00
Days: 3 Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 10/27–11/10
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Zahara Heckscher
Everything you want to know about agents -- with a different agent in all three sessions to answer your questions: When do you need an agent? How do you find an agent? What do agents love (and hate) in queries and manuscripts? How does the fi...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Weeks
Dates: 10/30–12/18
Location: Online
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
In this workshop, participants will expand upon what they have learned in Intro to the Novel 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. Par...
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$135.00
Days: 3 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 10/29–11/12
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Adults Writing for Children

Workshop Leader: Mary Quattlebaum
Each session will begin with a short discussion of some aspect of writing for children, including story openings and arcs, characterization, plot/pacing, rhythm/sound, and marketing. The workshop will focus largely on picture...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 10/31
Location: Bethesda
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 turn a limp, ordinary tale into an extraordinary adventure that will keep readers turning pa...
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$360.00
Days: 7 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 10/31–12/19
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Stage and Screen

Workshop Leader: John Weiskopf
Participants will watch scenes from six films that won the Academy Award for Best Original or Best Adapted Screen play (American Beauty, Thelma and Louise, All The President's Men, No Country for Old Man, Crash, Midnight in Paris). Participan...
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$215.00
Days: 6 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 11/2–12/7
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Nancy Lemann
Learn methods and technique from classic works of literature. Weekly reading assignments accompanied by suggested writing exercises inspired by the text. Syllabus chosen among George Eliot, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Edith Wharton, Walker Percy, Jane Garda...
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$135.00
Days: 5 Mondays
Time: 7:00 PM-8:30 PM
Dates: 11/2–11/30
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Alison Palmer
Narrative poetry is poetry with a plot, a story, a mix between novel and verse. These poems can be long or short, structured or fragmented, defined by characters or obscured in personification. Most likely, you know the great epics of Homer—these are clas...
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$135.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Dates: 11/3–12/8
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Sinta Jimenez
This is a dynamic and creative workshop for writers intrigued and inspired by the fusion of various genres. Flash fiction, multimedia, creative nonfiction, and poetic prose will be explored. If you're looking to break up the monotony or le...
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$225.00
Days: 5 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/4–12/9
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner, Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Christine Koubek
Journeys, relationships, hardships, love, and loss—these are just a few of the subjects personal essays explore. In this workshop, we'll use essays from magazines and newspaper columns as our guide to examine the ways structure, v...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/4–12/9
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg
Want to write some of your best poems while learning a ton about craft? You will be amazed at what you can do and what working in form will teach you. This class will boost your knowledge of and comfort with formal verse and hone your skills wi...
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$40.00
Days: 1 Wednesdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Dates: 11/4
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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 up...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Dates: 11/5–12/17
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Gina Hagler
Your book proposal has been accepted and the contract is signed. Now it's time to write the actual book. It should be simple, but once you begin you realize what was so clear in your proposal is actually quite complicated once you being to write. In thi...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Weeks
Dates: 11/6–11/27
Location: Online
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood
Whether you are a planner or a writer who flies by the seats of your pants when it comes to plot, your novel still needs structure. In this workshop, we will study the architecture of a novel and devise a plan for plotting your novel.
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/7
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Lynn Schwartz
Let's discuss the necessary elements to make your story compelling, resonant and accessible to the reader. Learn to identify where to begin, how to end and the skills needed to traverse the murky middle. Appropriate for those writing short stories, novels an...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 11/7
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 tak...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 11/7
Location: Bethesda
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 mar...
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$430.00
Days: 5 Monday-Friday
Time: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Dates: 11/9–11/13
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
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 retreat at The Writer’s Center, is for you. Join us for an intensive, supportive, exhilarating, focused week of writing. Each...
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$135.00
Days: 5 Wednesdays
Time: 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Dates: 11/11–12/16
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Sinta Jimenez
This class will discuss how blogs and social media can further your work, explore creativity, improve your visibility, and find community. Taught by a fiction writer who also owns an digital marketing agency, you will be steered in the r...
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$270.00
Days: 4 Saturdays
Time: 11:00 AM-3:00 PM
Dates: 11/14–12/12
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Nicole E. Miller
In a sense, all stories are ghost stories. Words on the written page will inevitably outlive their writer, as stories often capitalize on moments, things, people, and relationships already lost. Many great authors from Mary Shelley to F. Scott Fit...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
Dates: 11/14
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Janice Gary
Learn how to use the power of the narrative arc to convey the dramatic trajectory of your life story. Because memoir culls from a lifetime of experience, it’s often difficult to know where to start and how to proceed. But once we understand the dynamics of th...
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$100.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
Dates: 11/14
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Willona Sloan
It’s time to finish that article or essay you’ve been writing forever. You’ve completed the first draft. Now it’s time to cut the fat, rearrange the structure, check your facts and see what’s missing. Learn how to read your work like an editor ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 11/15
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Many free verse poets write for years without really understanding how a line of poetry functions and where it should end. Should it be as long as a breath, or should it end wherever there is a comma, a period, or a break in the syntax? In this works...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 11/21
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Whether you’re writing flash fiction, a short story, novella, or novel—understanding basic fiction skills and structure will smooth the way toward a completed story that others will want to read. Beginnings will choose this Saturday morning workshop to...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/5
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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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 12/1–12/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Sara Mansfield Taber
Sandwiches, Truth, The day you wanted to kick your brother… Come receive stimulating prompts each week—or come with your own idea. Workshop time will be spent writing, sharing work, and discussing craft. By the end of four weeks, fo...
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$40.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Dates: 12/1
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Zahara Heckscher
The Poetry Game is an interactive game that makes it easy and fun to write a poem, whether you are an experienced poet seeking a new technique to generate poetry... or you haven't written a poem in decades! The focus is on creativity; sharing is optional ...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 12/1–12/22
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Nan Fry
In this workshop, we’ll read “Like a Beggar” by Ellen Bass and “In the Salt Marsh” by Nancy Willard, exploring their approaches to the natural, the personal, and the cultural. Both are stunning wielders of metaphor, humor, and craft. Though this is a reading worksh...
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$100.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Dates: 12/5–12/12
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Give yourself the perfect holiday gift--a plot for your next story! Planning before (and during) writing builds a writer's confidence and cuts down on revision time. In this two-session course in story development participants prepare to write a ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
Dates: 12/5
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Cheryl Somers Aubin
Are you interested in writing about faith as part of your memoir? Come and join other emerging writers as your explore writing about your experience of faith. In this one-day, three-hour class, you will have the opportunity to write using prompts...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Dates: 12/6
Location: Bethesda
Level: All Levels
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Sue Ellen Thompson
Why do so many poets writing today shy away from rhyme? Maybe it’s because they’re afraid it will make their poems sound trite or old-fashioned. In fact, knowing how to rhyme subtly and skillfully can achieve quite the opposite. In this workshop, we wil...
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