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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

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

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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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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

Travel Writing for Fun and Profit

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

Get your travel articles published for pay! In this six week workshop, participants will learn how to generate ideas, research well, and structure a story. A former editor for Washingtonian magazine, this experienced instructor will be your guide on how to pitch ideas to editors, package your work professionally, handle contracts and negotiations,...

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$270

6 sessions

Essaying the Self: Writing the Lyric Essay

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

The godfather of the modern essay, Montaigne, began his project by asking, "What do I know?" This class will start by considering that deceptively simple question to approach the blend of subjective and objective that is at the heart of the essay form. The aim of the course is to give writers an overview of what is sometimes called the lyric essay,...

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$135

8 sessions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Getting Started: Creative Writing(2 Weeks)

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

Spring! This can be your time to plant seeds of creativity. Begin by exploring imaginative forms of writing in a supportive environment.  Fun prompts will help circumvent the analytic brain and give creativity a chance to thrive. You’ll find new ways to free up memories and use them as inspiration for memoir, fiction, poems, creative nonfiction,...

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$145

2 sessions

Memory Writing - The Basics

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

Call it memoir, creative non-fiction, autobiography, journaling, or memory writing. Your inspired-by-life stories may be intended “for the grandkids,” or become a got-to-read bestseller. If you hope to share your life with others, you’ll want the writing to be appealing and the best it can be.  This half-day course will discuss basic guidelines,...

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$50

Writing For Film & TV

at The Writer's Center - Glen Echo 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, Maryland 20812

These are exciting times to be a screenwriter. With more shows and television channels than ever, the opportunities for inventive ways of storytelling increase daily. This hands-on workshop will guide beginning and intermediate screenwriters through the process of crafting a professional-grade screenplay and/or TV pilot.  Participants will examine...

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$115
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