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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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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...

$145

2 sessions

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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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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,...

$215

7 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Getting Started: Creative Writing(2 Weeks)

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

Spring! This can be your time to plant seeds of creativity. Begin by exploring imaginative forms of writing in a supportive environment.  Fun prompts will help circumvent the analytic brain and give creativity a chance to thrive. You’ll find new ways to free up memories and use them as inspiration for memoir, fiction, poems, creative nonfiction,...

$145

2 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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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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