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Punctuation: A Poet's Dilemma

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

When it comes to punctuating poems, opinions vary widely. Some poets are as careful and correct as T.S. Eliot, while others, like W.S. Merwin, have gotten rid of punctuation altogether.  In this workshop writers will discuss what traditional punctuation can achieve and whether syntax and line breaks are an adequate substitute. Participants will...

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$50

How to Plot Like a Pro

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

Are you a born planner, or a writer who loves to discover stories organically. Understanding how to structure a well-conceived story around a main character and central conflict, and paying attention to pacing, can make the difference between a finished, publishable manuscript and an abandoned work-in-progress.  Plotting provides a safety net...

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$50

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Publishing in Literary Magazine

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

Want to submit your work to magazines but don't know how?  In this workshop, we'll talk about what literary magazines are, what editors are looking for in submissions, have a ÒtranslationÓ exercise, tips on how to get the most out of a lit mag, and the secrets to writing a great cover letter to get an editorÕs attention. The skills you learn...

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$50

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Intro to Flash Fiction

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 increased 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. We'll discuss where to read excellent flash, write multiple flashes...

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$50

The Power of Image: Learning to Write from Playing

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

The Power of Image: Learning to Write from Playing Video Games  Ezra Pound says that “the natural object is always the adequate symbol.” Visual storytelling mediums such as movies, television shows, and video games are using the natural object to do quite a bit of storytelling in a small space. Games like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Gone...

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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

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

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

Getting Your Poetry Published

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

Whether participants have yet to submit their first poem to a literary journal or are ready to offer a publisher a book-length manuscript, this intensive one-day workshop will give all poets hands-on advice on how to achieve their publishing goals. Participants will learn how to place poems in print and online journals, why anthologies are such an...

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Applying Standup Comedy Techniques to Your Writing

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

If you can read this and you can laugh, you can write humor! Learn the basic psychology of how your brain gets a joke to discover what's "gettable" about your subject matter, real or fictional, for humor writing or other ironic purposes.  This class also works as a fun introduction to the fundamentals of workshopping for those new to the expectations...

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$135

Conflict, Tension, and Pacing

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

It's often said that without conflict there's no story. It also holds true that strengthening the conflict in any type of fiction will bump up the tension and turn a limp, ordinary tale into an extraordinary adventure.  Whether you choose to write literary fiction, mysteries, family sagas, thrillers, historical fiction, sci-fi or fantasy--you...

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$50

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Creating Complex Characters

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

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

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

Writing What You're Afraid to Write

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

Fear is just excitement without the breath! What if there was something you haven't learned yet that could change everything? The mission in this workshop is to help you use your fear as a compass, instead of letting it paralyze you - to help you write and share the pieces of your soul aching to be set free. Participants will explore the topics of...

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$50

Writing the Modern Fairy Tale

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

This workshop will reintroduce you to the elements of fairy tales and folk tales familiar to us as children, but so often transformed when we become adults—from Scheherazade to The Brothers Grimm to J.M. Barrie.  In class discussion will examine why we continue borrowing from this genre and elaborating upon it, tapping local legends and learned...

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$145

2 sessions

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