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Playwriting from the Gut

at Theatre Lab - Penn Quarter
733 8th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

An interactive workshop that covers many aspects of playwriting, including characterization, dialogue, stage directions, plot, script formats, and marketing. Using improvisation, theater games, and speed-writing, students will find new ways to write and revise their scripts. By the final class, all students will have written a 10-minute play, which...

$310

6 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...

$50

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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...

$115

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....

$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,...

$135

4 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...

$50

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...

$270

6 sessions

Technical Writing Introduction

at Learning Tree International - Herndon
13650 Dulles Technology Dr Ste #175, Virginia, District of Columbia 20171

Successfully conveying complicated content to end users — both internal and external — is vital and can greatly enhance the value of products and services. This training course provides a complete process for planning, writing, and editing technical documents, including assessing the needs of users, selecting document formats, and making effective...

$2,990

4 sessions

Tuesday Feb 27th, 9am

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

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

Playwriting: Structure

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

This workshop will focus on organizational principles at work in structuring a stage play. During this one day class, participants will take a close look at Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, and watch selections from the film version to better understand structure, character, and exposition.  In addition, writers will look at screenwriting...

$135

Developing a Writing Practice

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

Struggling to reach a writing goal, or want more creativity in your life?  In this class, you’ll learn what’s needed to build a regular writing practice that works for you. As a group, we’ll discuss obstacles to success, and you’ll begin to recognize and work with your triggers and roadblocks. You’ll experiment with a variety of techniques...

$115

3 sessions

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

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

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...

$50