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Flash in a Flash

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

Flash fiction (stories told in 1,000 words or less) is an exciting genre attracting increasing interest in the publishing world. This two-hour course will provide an introduction to the genre, including model examples of flash, techniques of flash, and tips for writing your own. Participants will discuss where to read excellent flash, write multiple...

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$50

The Memoirist's Conundrums

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

Why write a memoir? What is the truth? What makes a memoir engaging to read? These are the questions participants will explore during this one-day immersion in the dilemmas that plague the memoirist. Through conversation and writing exercises, participants will come away with greater clarity of mind and be inspired to move onward with their life stories...

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$115

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The Force of Poetry

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

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 workshopping participants' poems. Specific exercises will be given to free the imagination, and quiet the inner censor....

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$360

8 sessions

Writing the Spy Novel

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

Clancy, Ludlum, Le Carre, Follett -- These authors write books with tension that barely eases from beginning to end. Their characters often play to type, but that doesn't keep them from being memorable. How do these authors do it? In this six-week class participants will take an up-close look at publishied spy novels, then create some characters and...

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$215

6 sessions

Poetry Titles

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

Do you struggle to find a good title for your poems? Many poets do. A good title will expand the range of a poem, and deepen the reader’s experience. Join us to explore what makes a good title, and learn how to maximize such crucial “real estate” in your own poems. For class, please bring: a notebook, and 3 copies of two typed poems that you’ve...

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$50

Fiction I

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

This workshop is designed to help find the stories you were meant to write, and to begin to develop the craft you’ll need to tell them. Where do stories come from? To begin with, they come from memories, associations, and concerns within you. We’ll do some exercises to help you uncover these germs of an idea for a story, and turn them into fiction....

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$270

6 sessions

Writing a Nonfiction Book Proposal

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

Whether you have a great idea, a few sample pages, or a finished manuscript, this workshop will help you bring it all together in a proposal that conveys your work and vision! In two two-hour sessions, participants will explore the proper structure and purpose of a nonfiction proposal, and the process for obtaining a literary agent. Classes will be...

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$80

2 sessions

Meter Crash Course

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

Here’s an opportunity to improve your ear for meter, and to fine-tune your understanding of how meter works in poetry. Have you ever wondered how scanning the lines of your first draft can make for a better poem? Do you know why listening for the natural rhythms of speech can strengthen your writing? With the help of a widely published author of...

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$50

Getting Started: Creative Writing

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

In this eight-week workshop, beginning and intermediate writers will have the chance to explore three different genres: memoir writing, short fiction, and poetry.  Each week participants will be given a writing assignment and several readings, to be followed by a critique of each student’s assignment. During our eight-weeks, participants will...

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$360

A Crash Course in Prosody

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

Why do so many poems being written today sound like prose broken up into lines? A familiarity with prosody, the study of the patterns of rhythm and sound in poetry, is essential if you want to make your poems sound more musical.  In this class we will review the basics of meter and scansion and learn how to discover and develop rhythmic patterns...

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$80

Fiction II

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

Fear is just excitement without the breath! What if there was something you haven't learned yet that could change everything? The mission in this workshop is to help you use your fear as a compass, instead of letting it paralyze you - to help you write and share the pieces of your soul aching to be set free. Participants will explore the topics of...

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$360

8 sessions

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The Extreme Novelist

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

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. Writers will receive the encouraging guidance of professional writing coach Kathryn Johnson (author of over 40 published novels). Each participant will...

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$360

9 sessions

Creating Complex Characters

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

What do your characters yearn for. Examine how a character's wants and desires drive key elements of story including narrative, dialogue, conflict, and plot. Short exercises and readings will illustrate ways to identify and depict a character's passion, which is essential to creating a compelling person — someone with whom a reader wants to spend...

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$50

The Poetry Game

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

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 and work will not critiqued or judged. Everyone wins. The game involves a wide variety of prompts,...

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$50

Boot Camp for Writers

at The Writer's Center - Bethesda 4508 Walsh St, Bethesda, Maryland 20815

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, creative prose, and strong conclusions.  Participants will also learn how to avoid common...

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$270

6 sessions

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