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Before You Write Your Story

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

Envision your story and discover its meaning before you actually put it on the page. Using pre-writing activities, including storytelling, participants will learn to see their story from different angles. This workshop features active engagement with the elements of Story more than listening to lecture.  At the close of the workshop, participants...

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$100

How to Structure Your Book

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

Have a book in your mind but no idea where to start. Sometimes, especially when working with nonfiction or fiction the best place to start is to create a structure or outline that works. This two week workshop will give participants techniques and exercises to create that structure.  Please bring 15 copies of a one paragraph description of your...

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$135

2 sessions

Finding Your Memoir Voice

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

Explore what takes a piece of personal writing "from draft to craft," looking at elements such as character development, dialogue, incorporating sensory detail, writing in scene, and musing. Focus on the importance of taking a story that's true and connecting it, as Cheryl Strayed says, "to the greater, grander truth."  In addition to workshopping...

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$360

8 sessions

Informed Opinion Writing

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

Learn how to make your writing more persuasive and more attractive! Led by former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey, this workshop will teach participants how to fashion an argument elegantly and persuasively via careful planning and precise writing. By the end of the workshop, writers can expect to be in a position to try to sell their informed...

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$215

6 sessions

Writing as a Path to Healing

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

Participants of this course will learn powerful tools that allow them to use writing as a path to healing and happiness. Writers will explore the topics of body awareness, the inner critic, using fear as a compass, and mindset magic, in combination with body awareness, breath work, and therapeutic writing exercises that get participants connected with...

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$215

6 sessions

Revising the Poem

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

Getting a first draft down on paper is just the first step. The revision process is where most of the work, magic, and satisfaction of writing poetry happens. In this class, participants will learn how to open up their early drafts to discover what the poem really wants to talk about. A variety of in-class exercises will help writers find the heart...

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$135

4 sessions

Getting Started: Creative Writing(5 Weeks)

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

Participants will experiment with words, language, story telling, and poetry through interactive class activities and out of class readings and assignments.

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$270

5 sessions

Writing for Life: Continuing Memoir

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

This workshop will be dedicated to making your memories live on the page. Excerpts from memoirs and essays by authors such as James Baldwin, Tobias Wolff, Joan Didion, Maggie Nelson, and Lidia Yuknavitch will teach the art of scene-making. Participants will work on chapters of a longer work, or self-contained personal essays which employ elements of...

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$270

6 sessions

Advanced Fiction Workshop

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

You’re sick of sitting alone in your room. You’ve reached a certain level of mastery with your fiction writing, but you want some feedback you can trust, and moreover, you want to see what other good writers are doing with their fiction.  This workshop will gather together people of like minds, working hard and willing to be supportive. Do...

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$270

6 sessions

Hooking Your Reader: Writing A Killer First Line

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

Most editors of both magazines and presses will say that they read the first, last, and middle page of a story before deciding if they want to read more. Potential readers are even less forgiving. So how do we snag our readers and make them want to read more?  In this workshop, we'll look at examples of powerful first lines and discuss strategies...

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$50

Syntax as Strategy

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

How poets handle syntax—the arrangement of words in a sentence—is crucial to everything from establishing the voice of a poem to evoking a particular response from the reader.  In this workshop, participants will take a close look at how sentences are put together and how changing the structure can send a poem off in a new direction. Writers...

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$50

From Novice to Novelist

at The Writer's Center - Capitol Hill 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20003

A day-long workshop that deconstructs and demystifies the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. We'll go all the way from getting the nub of an idea to getting your book into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way you'll learn how to stay organized, write in the voice of the opposite sex, the art of rewriting, and how to...

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$115

The Power of Image: Learning to Write from Playing

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

The Power of Image: Learning to Write from Playing Video Games  Ezra Pound says that “the natural object is always the adequate symbol.” Visual storytelling mediums such as movies, television shows, and video games are using the natural object to do quite a bit of storytelling in a small space. Games like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Gone...

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$50

How to Write a Lot!

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

You may think you don't have the time, energy, or inspiration to write because of your hectic lifestyle. Wrong, Join us for coffee & pastries, and learn how to organize your time, establish a productive writing routine, and get your stories written.  The workshop leader will share methods many professional writers use to complete their books...

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$50

How to Publish Now

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

This one-day presentation will educate writers on the world of self-publishing. Specifically, the presentation will review manuscript preparation and the costs of editing and proofing, compare the services offered by the leading Print on Demand (POD) publishers, recommends suitable publishers based on a cost versus benefit analysis. Participants of...

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$135
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