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Perfect Pitch to National Publication

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

How do you research and hone an idea well enough to get it through the static and into a national publication. Successful writers share queries and the negotiations that led to publication in Bloomberg Businessweek, AARP, Pacific Standard, New York Times Sunday Business, and more.  This workshop will look at both the pitches and the resulting...

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$80

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

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

Building Your Speaking Business

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

Maybe you have toyed with the dream of increasing your book sales and generating additional revenue by building a speaking business, or perhaps you have just thought about addressing occasional requests to speak that have come your way. But how do you find speaking opportunities, and make every moment count to drive even more engagements your way....

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$135

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

Finish that First Draft

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

If you’re having trouble finishing a draft of your novel, this workshop is for you. Explore strategies for overcoming common writing obstacles and distractions that might be preventing you from typing THE END.  This workshop will discuss writing quotas, outlining, BICFOK (butt-in-chair, fingers-on-keyboard), and other techniques for getting...

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$50

Sonnets & Villanelles II

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

For those who have taken the Sonnet Crash Course and/or Villanelle Crash Course -- or who have worked on sonnets and villanelles before -- here's an opportunity to build on your knowledge and skills. With the help of an internationally published and anthologized author of sonnets and villanelles, writers will further explore how rhyme, meter, and "received...

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$50

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

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

How to Write a Novel

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

This one day workshop gives writers a practical 16-point plan that takes you from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans.  Participants will discuss how to transform the nub of an idea into a book-length project, populated with interesting characters,...

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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

Meter Crash Course

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

Here’s an opportunity to improve your ear for meter, and to fine-tune your understanding of how meter works in poetry. Have you ever wondered how scanning the lines of your first draft can make for a better poem? Do you know why listening for the natural rhythms of speech can strengthen your writing? With the help of a widely published author of...

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$50

Characters We Love...or Love to Hate

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

Learn how to breathe life into your fictional characters—protagonists, antagonists, and supporting cast. Make them so believable readers will bond with your paper people!  This workshop will teach you practical, effective ways of looking at characterization suitable to all genres. Spend a morning over coffee and pastries with professional writing...

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$50

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

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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