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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

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

How to Publish Now

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

This one-day presentation will educate writers on the world of self-publishing. Specifically, the presentation will review manuscript preparation and the costs of editing and proofing, compare the services offered by the leading Print on Demand (POD) publishers, recommends suitable publishers based on a cost versus benefit analysis. Participants of...

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$135

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Story Skeletons

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

The vast majority of successful stories have a bone structure of conflict, character, and complexity embedded in them. This workshop will uncover the pattern in three published stories and participants will learn to identify the pattern or its absence in their own stories. The three stories to be discussed will be emailed to participants in advance...

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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

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

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

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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