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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...

$50
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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,...

$50
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Applying For the M.F.A.

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

What are the different options for the serious study of writing, and which is right for you?  This one day class will answer your many questions and give details about options such as low residency programs, genre-focused writing programs, and M.A.s. Writers will discuss how to choose the best path for them, and learn tips and tricks to prepare...

$50
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Great Beginnings

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

Because literary agents and acquiring editors for publishing houses are so overwhelmed with submissions, they often judge a short story, novella, or novel by a quick read of the work's opening pages. How does a writer ensure the person judging their work will read past page 2?  Learn effective options for providing a strong hook and riveting...

$50
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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...

$135

4 sessions

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Playwriting: Intermediate/Advanced

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

This workshop is intended for anyone looking to sharpen their playwriting skills in a workshop setting. Participants are encouraged to explore their writing through ten-minute plays, one-acts, or full-length plays. The focus of the workshop will be on reading and responding to each other’s work using feedback strategies outlined by the instructor....

$360

8 sessions

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Writing For TV & Film

at The Writer's Center - Glen Echo
7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, Maryland 20812

These are exciting times to be a screenwriter. With more shows and television channels than ever, the opportunities for inventive ways of storytelling increase daily.  This hands-on workshop will guide beginning and intermediate screenwriters through the process of crafting a professional-grade screenplay and/or TV pilot. Participants will examine...

$115
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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...

$50
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Lunch Time Lit

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

Lunch Time Lit is a short, free program for professionals that offers advice and expertise to writers. This season, mentor Patty Alper will discuss the publishing process and that big question once you get published, "Now what?"    Participants are invited to bring their own bagged lunch. Refreshments will be provided. Join Patty Alper...

Free
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Boot Camp for Writers

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

This course is for individuals who want to tone up their writing muscles so they can go the distance. Each class will begin with a short warm up exercise followed by a prompt for a longer piece. We will then focus on specifics like effective beginnings, creative prose, and strong conclusions.  Participants will also learn how to avoid common...

$270

6 sessions

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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,...

$270

6 sessions

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From Novice to Novelist

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

A day-long workshop that deconstructs and demystifies the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. We'll go all the way from getting the nub of an idea to getting your book into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way you'll learn how to stay organized, write in the voice of the opposite sex, the art of rewriting, and how to...

$115
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Precision In Language

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

Learn the skills to identify precisely the right word to express your meaning, feeling, or subtext. We’ll look at examples in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and discuss what makes an expression fresh rather than expected, where and how to find the mot juste (the exact, appropriate word), and why precision can succeed in getting your work noticed. ...

$50
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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...

$50
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Audiobooks 101

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

Have you always wondered how to publish your book on Amazon and Audible?  This workshop is designed to answer your questions and help you take your manuscript from page to Internet. Hear from audiobook authors about their journeys in this one day roundtable workshop.  Devices will be provided.

$145
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