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Making a Poetry Chapbook

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

In this six week intensive workshop, participants will write a poetry chapbook of up to 15 pages, and then make a physical book!  In the first four meetings participants will explore how groups of poems work together to create a focused, whole experience. The sessions will include reading model chapbooks and considering various strategies of...

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$400

6 sessions

Developing a Writing Practice

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

Struggling to reach a writing goal, or want more creativity in your life?  In this class, you’ll learn what’s needed to build a regular writing practice that works for you. As a group, we’ll discuss obstacles to success, and you’ll begin to recognize and work with your triggers and roadblocks. You’ll experiment with a variety of techniques...

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$115

3 sessions

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Writing Your Business Book

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

Maybe you've toyed with the idea of writing a business book and sharing what you've learned with others around you. The fact is, anyone can write a book. The problem is, most people are stopped before they even start by the size of the project, and more importantly, fear of the unknown. With the right information, the right process, and the right teacher,...

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$135

4 sessions

Flash in a Flash

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

Flash fiction (stories told in 1,000 words or less) is an exciting genre attracting increasing interest in the publishing world. This two-hour course will provide an introduction to the genre, including model examples of flash, techniques of flash, and tips for writing your own. Participants will discuss where to read excellent flash, write multiple...

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$50

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 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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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

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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

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 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

Fiction I

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

This workshop is designed to help find the stories you were meant to write, and to begin to develop the craft you’ll need to tell them. Where do stories come from? To begin with, they come from memories, associations, and concerns within you. We’ll do some exercises to help you uncover these germs of an idea for a story, and turn them into fiction....

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$270

6 sessions

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

The Force of Poetry

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

In this eight week workshop, intermediate and advanced poets will concentrate on reading, writing, and critiquing poetry. Each class session will include a brief discussion of selected contemporary poems, an in-class writing prompt, and workshopping participants' poems. Specific exercises will be given to free the imagination, and quiet the inner censor....

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$360

8 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

A Crash Course in Prosody

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

Why do so many poems being written today sound like prose broken up into lines? A familiarity with prosody, the study of the patterns of rhythm and sound in poetry, is essential if you want to make your poems sound more musical.  In this class we will review the basics of meter and scansion and learn how to discover and develop rhythmic patterns...

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$80
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