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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,...

$50
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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...

$50
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Fiction II

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

Fear is just excitement without the breath! What if there was something you haven't learned yet that could change everything? The mission in this workshop is to help you use your fear as a compass, instead of letting it paralyze you - to help you write and share the pieces of your soul aching to be set free. Participants will explore the topics of...

$360

8 sessions

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The Extreme Novelist

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

Can't find the time/energy/inspiration to get your novel written? This popular course, developed by the author of the book by the same name, will help you complete a rough draft in just eight weeks. Writers will receive the encouraging guidance of professional writing coach Kathryn Johnson (author of over 40 published novels). Each participant will...

$360

9 sessions

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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...

$360

8 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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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...

$50
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Before You Write Your Story

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

Envision your story and discover its meaning before you actually put it on the page. Using pre-writing activities, including storytelling, participants will learn to see their story from different angles. This workshop features active engagement with the elements of Story more than listening to lecture.  At the close of the workshop, participants...

$100
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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...

$50
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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...

$50
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Writing Workshop: Persuasive Writing

at Public Affairs Council - Downtown, Washington, D.C.
2121 K St NW Ste 900, Washington, District of Columbia 20037

Convincing advocates, policymakers and the public to all buy into your organization’s mission is critical to your advocacy campaign. Public affairs and communications professionals can increase engagement and sway supporters by creating influential and persuasive arguments. In this two-hour workshop, attendees will hear from an expert communicator...

$399
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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...

$135
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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...

$50
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A Crash Course in Prosody

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

Why do so many poems being written today sound like prose broken up into lines? A familiarity with prosody, the study of the patterns of rhythm and sound in poetry, is essential if you want to make your poems sound more musical.  In this class we will review the basics of meter and scansion and learn how to discover and develop rhythmic patterns...

$80
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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...

$270

6 sessions

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