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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

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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Applying Standup Comedy Techniques to Your Writing

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

If you can read this and you can laugh, you can write humor! Learn the basic psychology of how your brain gets a joke to discover what's "gettable" about your subject matter, real or fictional, for humor writing or other ironic purposes.  This class also works as a fun introduction to the fundamentals of workshopping for those new to the expectations...

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$135

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...

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$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...

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$50

Hooking Your Reader: Writing A Killer First Line

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

Most editors of both magazines and presses will say that they read the first, last, and middle page of a story before deciding if they want to read more. Potential readers are even less forgiving. So how do we snag our readers and make them want to read more?  In this workshop, we'll look at examples of powerful first lines and discuss strategies...

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$50

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The Power of Image: Learning to Write from Playing

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

The Power of Image: Learning to Write from Playing Video Games  Ezra Pound says that “the natural object is always the adequate symbol.” Visual storytelling mediums such as movies, television shows, and video games are using the natural object to do quite a bit of storytelling in a small space. Games like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Gone...

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$50

How to Write a Book Review that’s Not Boring

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

Learn how to write a book review that reads like an essay, going beyond simple recitation of plot to artfully deliver a critical assessment. This workshop will guide participants through how to structure the review; the introductory paragraph (the hook); coherent plot summary; criticism; and a strong conclusion. By the end of the workshop the participants...

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$115

5 sessions

Write Tight

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

In this workshop for beginning fiction writers, you’ll learn how to excise excess prose to streamline your work. Improve clarity, pacing, and readability using fewer words!  We’ll cover concepts like:  show, don’t tell in late, out early in media res redundancy pesky adverbs purple prose and much, much more Say goodbye to...

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$50

Creating Your Book for Children

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

Having a children's book published in today's tough market may seem like an impossible dream. But, in reality, getting your book idea into shape and into print can hinge on just the right advice from a pro. Do you need an agent? Should you connect with an artist? What about self-publishing? In a DC-area exclusive one-session workshop, nationally-known...

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$50

Technical Writing Introduction

at Learning Tree International - Rockville 1801 Rockville Pike 2nd Fl, Rockville, Maryland 20852

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...

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$2,990

4 sessions

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...

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$145

2 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...

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$50

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...

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$50

Publishing in Literary Magazine

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

Want to submit your work to magazines but don't know how?  In this workshop, we'll talk about what literary magazines are, what editors are looking for in submissions, have a ÒtranslationÓ exercise, tips on how to get the most out of a lit mag, and the secrets to writing a great cover letter to get an editorÕs attention. The skills you learn...

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$50
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