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Poetry Bootcamp

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

Looking for a one-stop shop to get your work closely read before submitting? This one-day workshop will be dedicated to generating a couple new poems, critiquing a few older poems, and creating a list of literary journals and contest to submit work. Please submit three poems to [email protected] for the workshop leader to review prior to the...

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$80

Villanelle Crash Course

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

Here's an opportunity either to improve your villanelle skills or to write your first one. With the help of a widely published author of villanelles and sonnets, participants will read several classic and contemporary examples to see why they work, and write one or more of their own.  Then, writers will see how a new poem can be improved by revision. (Feel...

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$50

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Revising the Poem

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

Getting a first draft down on paper is just the first step. The revision process is where most of the work, magic, and satisfaction of writing poetry happens. In this class, participants will learn how to open up their early drafts to discover what the poem really wants to talk about. A variety of in-class exercises will help writers find the heart...

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$135

4 sessions

Syntax as Strategy

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

How poets handle syntax—the arrangement of words in a sentence—is crucial to everything from establishing the voice of a poem to evoking a particular response from the reader.  In this workshop, participants will take a close look at how sentences are put together and how changing the structure can send a poem off in a new direction. Writers...

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$50

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Poetry Titles

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

Do you struggle to find a good title for your poems? Many poets do. A good title will expand the range of a poem, and deepen the reader’s experience. Join us to explore what makes a good title, and learn how to maximize such crucial “real estate” in your own poems. For class, please bring: a notebook, and 3 copies of two typed poems that you’ve...

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$50

Sonnet Crash Course

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

Here's an opportunity either to improve your sonnet skills or to write your first one. With the help of a widely published author of sonnets and villanelles, participants will read several classic and contemporary examples and then write one or more of their own. Then, writers will see how a new poem can be improved by revision. (Feel free also to...

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$50

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

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...

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$80

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

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

The Poetry Game

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

The Poetry Game is an interactive game that makes it easy and fun to write a poem, whether you are an experienced poet seeking a new technique to generate poetry, or you haven't written a poem in decades. The focus is on creativity; sharing is optional and work will not critiqued or judged. Everyone wins. The game involves a wide variety of prompts,...

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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

Getting Your Poetry Published

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

Whether participants have yet to submit their first poem to a literary journal or are ready to offer a publisher a book-length manuscript, this intensive one-day workshop will give all poets hands-on advice on how to achieve their publishing goals. Participants will learn how to place poems in print and online journals, why anthologies are such an...

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$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...

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$50

Reclaiming Women's Voices

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

This workshop will explore the deep roots and juicy traditions of women’s literature as a way to enrich your poetry and prose, as we discuss some of the most important themes and techniques of women’s writing down the millennia.  You will write several pieces of your own poetry or prose that participate in these traditions and have the opportunity...

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$50
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