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Write Like the News

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

Lead with the future -- not background. That's the most important of eight journalism skills that will transform your writing.  The others:  write your readers' language be positive (to be both clear and upbeat) lay out logically be consistent be precise be brief choose strong verbs.  Highlights:  communicate in a crisis...

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$50

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...

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$115

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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...

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$50

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

Writing the Horror Story

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

Generate fear and tension in your work, while daring your reader to plunge forth into the darkness you create! Participants will read and discuss three selected stories in the first session, considering the elements of horror, attending to suspense, character, violence, and fear. In the following meetings, writers will workshop their newly written...

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$195

5 sessions

Writing For Film & TV

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...

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$115

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

How to Structure Your Book

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

Have a book in your mind but no idea where to start. Sometimes, especially when working with nonfiction or fiction the best place to start is to create a structure or outline that works. This two week workshop will give participants techniques and exercises to create that structure.  Please bring 15 copies of a one paragraph description of your...

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$135

2 sessions

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...

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$270

6 sessions

How to Write a Lot!

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

You may think you don't have the time, energy, or inspiration to write because of your hectic lifestyle. Wrong, Join us for coffee & pastries, and learn how to organize your time, establish a productive writing routine, and get your stories written.  The workshop leader will share methods many professional writers use to complete their books...

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$50

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

Writing About Place

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

Participants in this workshop will share their projects and discuss short readings from a variety of genres, including journalism, poetry, memoir, and fantasy. We will discuss the various ways to establish an immersive sense of place in your writing, including historical context, natural description, dialogue, and more. Participants will gain a friendly,...

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$115

3 sessions

Playwriting II

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

For experienced students and those who wish to build upon the concepts in Playwriting I, this course offers the opportunity to develop longer scripts and refine existing work. Prerequisite: Playwriting I or permission of the instructor.

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$310

6 sessions

Writing the Spy Novel

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

Clancy, Ludlum, Le Carre, Follett -- These authors write books with tension that barely eases from beginning to end. Their characters often play to type, but that doesn't keep them from being memorable. How do these authors do it? In this six-week class participants will take an up-close look at publishied spy novels, then create some characters and...

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$215

6 sessions

Fiction I

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

This workshop is designed to help find the stories you were meant to write, and to begin to develop the craft you’ll need to tell them. Where do stories come from? To begin with, they come from memories, associations, and concerns within you. We’ll do some exercises to help you uncover these germs of an idea for a story, and turn them into fiction....

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$270

6 sessions

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