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Story Intensive

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

This workshop will look at what makes short stories work (and by extension, novels and memoirs). Participants will be read and discuss stories from American Best Short Stories 2017 edited by Meg Wolitzer, as well as workshop their short stories or memoirs. Participants are encouraged to bring a story to the first class for critique.

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$195

Levelup Your Career:Valuable Skills for Every Workplace

at General Assembly - Downtown, Washington, D.C. 1133 15th St NW 8th Fl, Washington, District of Columbia 20005

If you’re looking to boost your skills and build up your business savvy, this workshop series is for you! Over three separate workshops, you’ll learn how to efficiently manage a project, use a variety of creative solutions to solve problems, and understand web development fundamentals.  By the end of the series, you'll have skills that make...

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$175

3 sessions

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Flash Fiction

at Writer's Wordhouse - Annapolis 60 College Ave, Washington, District of Columbia 21401

Flash fiction insists that ideas are honed to their essence, while still offering structure, theme, setting, character, and dialogue. The power of these popular stories lies in their brevity (1,000 words or less), often cracking open one small moment and revealing a surprise twist. Short readings and in-class exercises will illustrate craft, at least...

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$220

12 sessions

Unpacking the Personal Essay

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

We carry around a lifetime of memories—suitcases that, for the nonfiction writer, are waiting to be unpacked on the page. How can we create a compelling narrative while honoring loved ones? What are the innovations in construction and voice that have made the personal essay a hotspot in contemporary publishing? The first part of each session will...

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$150

4 sessions

Turning Life Into Art

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

Get your past on the page in this invigorating workshop led by Christina Baker Kline. Christina will lead a discussion about the power of writing about one’s own past and family history, looking particularly at how memory, ritual, and visual prompts can serve as points of departure. She'll guide you in exercises that will get you reflecting on and...

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$65

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Journal Keeping

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

Full Course Title: Journal Keeping: Creating a Journal You Won’t Throw Away Join Phyllis Theroux, author of The Journal Keeper, for a seminar on how to keep a journal you will treasure. There are rules. She will share them. There are rewards. She will take you through a few mock journal-keeping sessions that will help you uncover those rewards on...

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$40

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Right Brain Writing – Daily Life

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

Explore your creative side in this session, one of a series of stand-alone classes with prompts designed to get your subconscious flowing. Through guided exercises, we’ll focus on writing about daily life and its simple beauty, the extraordinary found in the ordinary. No writing experience necessary! This is a great class for beginners and also...

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$50

Write Now

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

You want to write but can’t get started. You have ideas that seem to resist development. You write a few pages but can’t get from start to finish. If this describes your current writing status, this workshop will introduce you to techniques that can move you from “I want to write” to “I am writing.” Participants will learn how to write...

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$90

From Novice to Novelist – Crash Course

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

This workshop offers guidance in deconstructing and demystifying the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. We'll start by fostering new ideas and work all the way through to the process of getting your novel into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way, participants will learn various facets of novel writing, including how...

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$105

Strong Beginnings for Fiction & Memoir

at Writer's Wordhouse - Annapolis 60 College Ave, Washington, District of Columbia 21401

Where should your story open? In the middle? With a bit of dialogue? A character in action? Do your beginning pages introduce conflict? Do they establish point of view, setting, and expectation? Let's explore the components of a strong start, one that is not gimmicky, but an integral part of the narrative — capturing the reader from the first page....

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$50

Not Just Words: How to Write Dialogue...

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

Dialogue in writing presents a difficult challenge to the writer. On the one hand, you want your characters words to sound lifelike. On the other hand, if your characters’ words are too lifelike, the result, ironically, is lifeless writing that drones on and on like a transcript of a really boring Congressional hearing. In this two-session...

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$60

2 sessions

Creating Complex Characters

at Writer's Wordhouse - Annapolis 60 College Ave, Washington, District of Columbia 21401

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

Web Writing & Editing Boot Camp

at Merry Bruns Science Sites Communications - Penn Quarter 529 14th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20045

This class is designed to help students make their site content dynamic and customer-focused.   If you're migrating content from print to web, moving your site to a CMS, developing a new architecture, or just need to make your content scannable and readable. This course will prove handy. What to Expect Classes are jam-packed with hands-on...

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$450

Travel Memoir Your Readers Will Love

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

This course will teach you how to structure a travel memoir, organize your insights and adventures into compelling narrative, and write evocatively using the best techniques of fiction to describe your real-life trip. In-class writing exercises will each focus on a different component of writing travel, including time/place anchors, setting the scene,...

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$120

Poem-A-Day: A Five-Day Poetry Workshop

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase 5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

Suitable for beginners as well as more advanced students, this workshop will get you writing! Participants should bring a recent poem to the first session, during which they will be given an array of exercises and suggestions to start the poem-a-day process. From then on, each participant should bring a new poem to every class meeting. The workshop...

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$125

5 sessions

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