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Copy Edit and Proofread Like a Pro

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

Learn the marks and methods used by professional editors and proofreaders. Perhaps you're considering copy editing as a profession, need help deciphering your editor's marks, or just want to be a more helpful member in your writers group. Through in-class and home exercises, this course will equip you with tools, knowledge, and plenty of practice...

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$270

6 sessions

Writing Close To The Bone

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

Write four stories in four weeks and experiment in form. Write a micro-memoir, a flash fiction, and two stories that blur fiction and autobiography. In-class prompts, thought-provoking homework, and critique of your work will start you writing close to the bone.

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$195

4 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

How to Write a Book Review that’s Not Boring

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

Learn how to write a book review that reads like an essay, going beyond simple recitation of plot to artfully deliver a critical assessment. This workshop will guide participants through how to structure the review; the introductory paragraph (the hook); coherent plot summary; criticism; and a strong conclusion. By the end of the workshop the participants...

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$115

5 sessions

Intermediate Playwriting

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

In this workshop participants will explore tactics and strategies in writing longer works, putting scenes together, and telling a longer story than the typical ten-minute play. Participants will use exercises to jump-start the imagination, consider various approaches to the writing process, and apply a feedback method designed to facilitate continued...

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$360

8 sessions

My Life, One Story at a Time

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

The goal in this ‘Guided Autobiography’ workshop is to capture your life experiences in six short pieces of autobiographical writing (true stories) for those who will survive you—or for yourself later in life. Knowing that you are writing not for publication but to set the record straight (in your own mind, if nothing else) may liberate you,...

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$215

6 sessions

How to Impress an Editor from Page One

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

Like it or not, your literary work is often judged based on first impressions. Join workshop leaders from three literary magazines for a hands-on session to ensure success for your short stories and essay submissions. For this class, writers will submit the opening page from one of their stories or essays to share with two editors and a publisher of...

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$50

Writing About Place

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

Participants in this workshop will share their projects and discuss short readings from a variety of genres, including journalism, poetry, memoir, and fantasy. We will discuss the various ways to establish an immersive sense of place in your writing, including historical context, natural description, dialogue, and more. Participants will gain a friendly,...

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$115

3 sessions

Writing Literary Science Fiction

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

Works of fiction are often identified as either literary or genre, but this class will consider them both/and. Writers will identify what makes fiction "genre" or "literary," and look at contemporary short stories that combine aspects of science fiction with a literary aim. Participants will focus on an example and an aspect of craft each week. By...

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$360

8 sessions

Creating Your Book for Children

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

Having a children's book published in today's tough market may seem like an impossible dream. But, in reality, getting your book idea into shape and into print can hinge on just the right advice from a pro. Do you need an agent? Should you connect with an artist? What about self-publishing? In a DC-area exclusive one-session workshop, nationally-known...

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$50

Sonnet Crash Course

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

Here's an opportunity either to improve your sonnet skills or to write your first one. With the help of a widely published author of sonnets and villanelles, participants will read several classic and contemporary examples and then write one or more of their own. Then, writers will see how a new poem can be improved by revision. (Feel free also to...

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$50

Playwriting: Dialogue

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

Dialogue is the playwright’s primary tool for conveying a story that ultimately becomes a visual, aural, and emotional experience for an audience. In this one-day workshop, participants will look at various functions of dialogue and discuss how actors, designers, and directors use dialogue as a basis for transforming words on the page to life on...

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$50

Advanced Personal Essay

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

This workshop is for writers who have a good understanding of what a personal essay is, are open to exploring further the many forms a personal essay can take, and are already working seriously in the genre. The class focus will be on participants' writing, supplemented with assigned readings. Participants will workshop two essays (or drafts of the...

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$360

8 sessions

Your First (Or Next) Novel

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

Writing a novel takes commitment, but it doesn’t need to be daunting. Learn how to generate a handful of plots from which to choose, methods for effectively planning your story, and simple hacks for fine tuning your basic fiction skills. Participants will initiate a flexible writing plan that will keep their writing flowing. This is a great half-day...

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$50

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

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