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Writing Persuasively for Publication

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

Learn how to pack a powerful punch when writing to persuade! This six week workshop focuses on the process of crafting newspaper op-eds and written speeches, but participants will be shown how to apply those same strategies to creating smaller-scale persuasive documents, such as memos and emails where they are taking a position or making a request...

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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

Fiction III: Revision

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

You’ve finished your first draft, put it aside, and after a suitable time, read it over. Maybe you’ve come across passages where the story flows and you’re thrilled by what you’ve created. Yet, you’ve also found passages that make you cringe: boring paragraphs of description, scenes of dialogue that don’t move the story, characters who...

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$360

8 sessions

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

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

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

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

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

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

Intuitive Painting and Life Coaching Workshop

at Yellow Barn Studio - Bethesda 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Washington, District of Columbia 20812

Working with your visual language you will be able to bring to the surface what you somehow know but have been unable to articulate. The images you paint reveal what goes on in your unconscious mind. With group coaching you will learn to be more compassionate with self and get a deeper knowledge of what motivates you.

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$183

Weekend Portrait Workshop

at Yellow Barn Studio - Bethesda 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Washington, District of Columbia 20812

There’s nothing like the look on someone’s face when they see an incredible portrait of a loved one for the first time! Spend two days learning all about how to paint people and faces. We’ll focus on accurate drawing and “getting a likeness,” color and skin tones, how to paint features, hair and clothes.  Study all the intangible qualities...

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$248

2 sessions

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

Advanced Pranayama

at Unity Woods Yoga Center - Bethesda 4853 Cordell Ave Ste PH7, 16th Fl, Bethesda, Maryland 20814

Refine, deepen, and maintain your pranayama practice. Reclined, seated, and digital breathing techniques will be taught. Prerequisites: Completion of Pranayama Level 4

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$22

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
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