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Copy Edit and Proofread Like a Pro

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

Learn the marks and methods used by professional editors and proofreaders. Perhaps you're considering copy editing as a profession, need help deciphering your editor's marks, or just want to be a more helpful member in your writers group. Through in-class and home exercises, this course will equip you with tools, knowledge, and plenty of practice...

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$270

6 sessions

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Writing Short Humor Pieces

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

Have you always loved short humor pieces like you find in McSweeney's and The New Yorker's Shouts and Murmurs and want to give it a try? In this workshop, we'll focus on funny conceptual humor: from parody to imagined dialogues to Decorative Gourds. We'll look at great examples of humor pieces to see what made them work, discuss online and print...

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$115

3 sessions

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The Poetry Game

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

The Poetry Game is an interactive game that makes it easy and fun to write a poem, whether you are an experienced poet seeking a new technique to generate poetry, or you haven't written a poem in decades. The focus is on creativity; sharing is optional and work will not critiqued or judged. Everyone wins. The game involves a wide variety of prompts,...

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$50

Reclaiming Women's Voices

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

This workshop will explore the deep roots and juicy traditions of women’s literature as a way to enrich your poetry and prose, as we discuss some of the most important themes and techniques of women’s writing down the millennia.  You will write several pieces of your own poetry or prose that participate in these traditions and have the opportunity...

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$50

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

Your First (Or Next) Novel

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

Writing a novel takes commitment, but it doesn’t need to be daunting. Learn how to generate a handful of plots from which to choose, methods for effectively planning your story, and simple hacks for fine tuning your basic fiction skills. Participants will initiate a flexible writing plan that will keep their writing flowing. This is a great half-day...

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$50

One-Day Writing Lab: Dialogue

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

Learn to show the power of what your characters say and don't say. Well-crafted dialogue reveals layers of subtext: what is said vs. underlying meaning. It contributes to development of conflict, character, and more. Each scene we write should serve more than one purpose; this holds true for the dialogue in the scene as well.  In this session,...

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$50

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

Elements of Fiction: Dialogue

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

Having trouble getting your dialogue to sparkle? In this workshop, you will see that writing realistic-sounding dialogue has little to do with how people actually speak.  You’ll learn how to use dialogue to advance the plot and reveal character, and we’ll cover the effective use of tags, oblique dialogue, and subtext. In addition, we’ll...

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$50

Fiction II (4-weeks)

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

This workshop provides a chance for motivated fiction writers to work on their rough drafts with Potomac Review editor Julie Wakeman-Linn.  The first two sessions will explore the strengths of the story draft through discussion and sharing of preliminary pages. Writers will circulate pages in advance through the instructor. Writers will take...

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$135

4 sessions

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

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Life Stories Intensive

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

Whether you want to write a memoir, blog, college essay, letter to your granddaughter, or use your own life as the basis for fiction, life story writing requires that we tell where we come from and who we are.  Learn to identify your story's essence and to engage the reader through fictional techniques. Participants will leave inspired to begin...

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$50

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

Advanced Science Fiction II

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

We examined many classic works in the first half of this class. Now we'll take a look at contemporary works by authors including Le Guin, VanderMeer, Butler, Card, and more.  How do they create a world? How do they create memorable, yet believable characters? What role does fantasy play in these works? In this six-week course, we'll take a look,...

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$215

7 sessions

Whodunnit? Writing the Mystery Novel

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

If you’ve always wanted to write a mystery novel but didn’t know where to start, this workshop is for you. Learn writing fundamentals as they apply to the mystery.  Participants will examine characteristics of the many subgenres (thrillers, too!) and learn about mystery-specific conventions and pitfalls such as TSTL syndrome, macguffins,...

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$50
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