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Lunch Time Lit

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

Lunch Time Lit is a short, free program for professionals that offers advice and expertise to writers. This season, mentor Patty Alper will discuss the publishing process and that big question once you get published, "Now what?"    Participants are invited to bring their own bagged lunch. Refreshments will be provided. Join Patty Alper...

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Expanding Your Social Media Presence

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

Looking to build your social media presence beyond Facebook and Twitter?  This session gives an overview of Goodreads, Litsy, and Li.st, and looks into what they might offer readers and writers. We will set up profiles and go over their features and begin to use them. If time permits and there is interest, we may also look at other apps, such...

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$50

The Mindful Writing Workshop

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

Many of the skills we need to write vivid stories, poems, and creative non-fiction (e.g., slowing down, looking intensely and patiently at an object, precision) are directly in line with one of the hottest philosophies on the spiritual scene these days: mindfulness, a.k.a. "Be Here Now." Tortured artists of the world, throw off your chains! ...

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$80

2 sessions

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

Readings in Narrative Nonfiction

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

What makes a great piece of narrative nonfiction a great piece of narrative nonfiction? Simple question. Complex answer. In this course we'll read the work of McPhee, Orleans, Skloot, Kidder, Grann, and others to identify the ways in which these masters of the genre use the elements of narrative to tell their tales.

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$135

Precision In Language

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

Learn the skills to identify precisely the right word to express your meaning, feeling, or subtext. We’ll look at examples in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and discuss what makes an expression fresh rather than expected, where and how to find the mot juste (the exact, appropriate word), and why precision can succeed in getting your work noticed. ...

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$50

Applying For the M.F.A.

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

What are the different options for the serious study of writing, and which is right for you?  This one day class will answer your many questions and give details about options such as low residency programs, genre-focused writing programs, and M.A.s. Writers will discuss how to choose the best path for them, and learn tips and tricks to prepare...

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$50

The No-Homework Fiction Workshop

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

Every component of this workshop takes place in class: craft discussion, writing, editorial feedback, revision (with the option to begin second or third pieces) and advice on where to go with what you’ve produced. Participants may wish to come in with an idea or two they’d like to work on in class, or they may decide to work extemporaneously, based...

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$135

4 sessions

Narrative Nonfiction II: Stories from Facts

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

Theory is great but writing is better! In this class students will have the chance to try their hand at writing narrative nonfiction.  A variety of readings and exercises will get students started. We'll also use our time to share student work each week, discuss the basics of a strong proposal, and provide feedback on any proposals that are in...

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$215

6 sessions

All About Tone

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

Robert Frost said, "It's tone I'm in love with; that's what poetry is, tone."  The ability to control tone in a poem is what makes the poet credible and his or her intention clear. But tone has not always been easy to define, let alone control. In this workshop participants will attempt to distinguish tone from voice, style, and mood.  ...

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$50

Write Tight

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

In this workshop for beginning fiction writers, you’ll learn how to excise excess prose to streamline your work. Improve clarity, pacing, and readability using fewer words!  We’ll cover concepts like:  show, don’t tell in late, out early in media res redundancy pesky adverbs purple prose and much, much more Say goodbye to...

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$50

Audiobooks 101

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

Have you always wondered how to publish your book on Amazon and Audible?  This workshop is designed to answer your questions and help you take your manuscript from page to Internet. Hear from audiobook authors about their journeys in this one day roundtable workshop.  Devices will be provided.

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$145

NaNoWriMo 101

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

Every November, thousands of writers worldwide sit down to a challenge: to write 50,000 words, or the first draft of a novel, in just thirty days.  Yes, it's crazy, and yet, books like Water for Elephants and The Night Circus were born in past years during National Novel Writing Month. Is it for you? How does it work? What are the strategies...

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$50

Great Beginnings

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

Because literary agents and acquiring editors for publishing houses are so overwhelmed with submissions, they often judge a short story, novella, or novel by a quick read of the work's opening pages. How does a writer ensure the person judging their work will read past page 2?  Learn effective options for providing a strong hook and riveting...

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$50

Writing a Middle Grade/Young Adult Novel

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

Stop spinning your wheels and start writing your first draft! In this class you will generate ideas, write beginning scenes, and flesh out the plot for your novel.  Learn about story structure, characterization, conflict, outlining, and other craft topics, with a special focus on writing for young people. Each week participants will read...

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$215

6 sessions

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