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$360.00
Days: 8 Thursdays
Time: 7:00 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/2–5/21
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Maxine Clair
Capture pivotal moments in your life--moments of challenge, expansion or spiritual discovery which remain sacred to you. As you learn to unearth material from memory where fact and fiction collide, we will address basic elements of craft. Each week we w...
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$135.00
NOTE: New Dates
Days: 1 Saturday/Sunday
Time: 1:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M.
Dates: 4/11–4/12
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 ot...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/18–5/23
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Elizabeth Rees
In this six-week workshop, intermediate and advanced poets will practice and refine their craft. Each week the class will include a brief discussion of contemporary poems, an in-class writing prompt, and the workshopping of each part...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Dates: 5/9
Location: Glen Echo
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Screenwriting

Workshop Leader: Khris Baxter
This intensive (yet fun) workshop will guide the beginning or intermediate screenwriter through the entire process of crafting a professional grade screenplay (or television pilot): idea, story, structure, scenes, dialogue, and description. We'll also expl...
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Dates: 3/31–4/21
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Khris Baxter
This workshop is the next step in the “Writing for Television” series. By the end of the four-week session, participants will complete a first draft pilot script for either a one-hour dramatic series or a half-hour comedy. We will cover the fundamentals ...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Dates: 3/28
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Readers love dialogue...and therefore, so do agents and editors. We writers should too! Dialogue brings characters to life, adds emotion and drama, creates in a reader a sense of "being there," and delivers necessary information in the most organic way. I...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 1:00 P.M.–3:30 P.M.
Dates: 3/31–5/19
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Sara Taber
Sandwiches, Truth, The day you wanted to kick your brother… Come receive stimulating prompts each week—or come with your own idea. A short essay or memoir will be assigned for reading each week. Workshop time will be spent writing, sharing work (lon...
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$80.00
NOTE: New Dates
Days: 2 Wednesdays
Time: 7:30 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/8–4/15
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Brenda Clough
The first session of this two-section class will be devoted to the basics of fiction and story construction. In the second session we'll do a start-up exercise to help get you started on a possibly longer work.
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$195.00
Days: 4 Tuesdays
Time: 6:30 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/7–4/28
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Screenwriting

Workshop Leader: Monica Lee Bellais
This one-day intensive screenwriting workshop for all levels will focus on what is hot in today's marketplace and how to grab the attention of a producer as well as getting talent interested in your project. It doesn't matter which genre you'...
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$115.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M.
Dates: 4/18
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Screenwriting

Workshop Leader: Khris Baxter
Let's say you've written the Great American Screenplay. Now what? This workshop will introduce the beginning through advanced screenwriter to strategies for promoting and marketing your screenplay, and advancing your career as a screenwriter. Topics covere...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/18
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Susan Tiberghien
A Google search on ‘writing your love stories’ turns up 198,000,000 hits in literally under one second. What makes a good, true love story? The setting and characters, the action and dialogue, the prose. And still more important is the narrative ar...
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$135.00
Days: 4 Thursdays
Time: 6:30 P.M.–8:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/9–4/30
Location: Annapolis
Level: Advanced
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: L. Peat O'Neil
Travel essays and articles for the world's diverse multi-platform publishing environment demand color and depth, facts and creative tension. Top flight travel and nature writing probes cultural geography -- how people live. The writer explores e...
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$360.00
Days: 8 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Dates: 3/31–5/19
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Nonfiction

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 approaches t...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Tuesday
Time: 6:00 P.M.–8:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/14
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

Workshop Leader: Mary McCarthy
Readers who laugh turn pages. We will explore the different forms of humor writing, how to incorporate humor into your own writing (no matter what the genre), and we will begin writing a sample fiction or nonfiction humor piece. Bring pen/paper or electronic...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/18
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
Scrooge. Odysseus. Portnoy, Holden, Gatsby. Some characters are so real to us, they live with us, enter our language, matter as much as our friends and loved ones. (Ok: sometimes they matter more.) In this class we'll talk about the range of techniqu...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/25
Location: Bethesda
Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Genre(s): Professional Writing

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Do you know what to do with your novel once it is written? Here's your chance to experiment with marketing materials in preparation for submitting your novel to literary agents and publishers. Avoid the mistakes that many ne...
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$50.00
NOTE: NEW DATE Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Dates: 3/28
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Jennifer Buxton
Point of view is, arguably, the most important and complex choice facing the writer. This intensive one day workshop is designed to help you get a handle on what some of those choices involve, and how they can serve your writing best...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 7:00 P.M.–9:30 P.M.
Dates: 3/24–4/28
Location: Bethesda
Level: Beginner
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Ellen Ryan
Learn how professionals get their magazine and newspaper nonfiction articles published. In six weeks, this nuts-and-bolts course conveys how to generate ideas; how to research; how to structure a story, including sidebar, art, other elements; how to outl...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 9:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/18
Location: Annapolis
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Mixed Genre

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, nove...
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$115.00
Days: 2 Saturdays
Time: 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
Dates: 4/18–4/25
Location: Capitol Hill
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Aaron Hamburger
In this two-session class, we’ll explore the wide range of creative possibilities available to practitioners of the much-misunderstood genre of travel writing. We'll consider the various types of travel writing projects, ranging from service-...
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$80.00
Note: New Date
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M.
Dates: 4/25
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: Janice Gary
Like a diver submerging into the depths, the memoirist must go beyond the surface of recollected images and experiences to find what author Vivian Gornick calls “the story behind the situation.” In this workshop, we will sift through our m...
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$270.00
NOTE: New Dates
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 10:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
Dates: 4/28–6/2
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Poetry

Workshop Leader: Judith Harris
Where are poems found? In the wind’s suitcase? This workshop will focus on the diversity of “subject matters” in poetry, particularly the personal lyric and narrative poem. We will focus on the impetus and inspiration behind poetry w...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/11
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Kathryn Johnson
Agents, publishers, and everyday readers gravitate toward high-concept ideas in today's fiction. They all test-read the openings of stories to determine whether or not they should invest their precious time reading further. Weak and flawed openings doom s...
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$80.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 11:00 A.M.–1:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/11
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Amin Ahmad
We create characters in our fiction by drawing on our emotional experiences, and basing them on people we know. Sometimes we start with ‘stock’ characters: the crooked cop, the femme fatale, the middle-aged spouse. Yet characters have to do more than convey informat...
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$270.00
Days: 6 Tuesdays
Time: 10:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.
Dates: 4/21–5/26
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Fiction

Workshop Leader: Judith McCombs
Writers learn from life--and from reading. How do Munro's Nobel-Award short fictions convey deep, secret complexities, family, era, community and individual characters? present and historic? myth and real? We will discuss her shifting points of view, p...
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$50.00
Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 10:00 A.M.–1:00 P.M.
Dates: 4/18
Location: Bethesda
Level: ALL
Genre(s): Nonfiction

Workshop Leader: C.M. Mayo
Take your travel writing to another level: the literary, which is to say, giving the reader the novelistic experience of actually traveling there with you. For both beginning and advanced writers, this workshop covers the techniques from fiction and poetry that you...
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$50.00
NOTE: New Date Days: 1 Saturday
Time: 1:00 P.M.–4:00 P.M.
Dates: 4/18
Location: Annapolis
Level: ALL
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...
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