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Flash Fiction

at Writer's Wordhouse - Annapolis
60 College Ave, Washington, District of Columbia 21401

Flash fiction insists that ideas are honed to their essence, while still offering structure, theme, setting, character, and dialogue. The power of these popular stories lies in their brevity (1,000 words or less), often cracking open one small moment and revealing a surprise twist. Short readings and in-class exercises will illustrate craft, at least...

$220

12 sessions

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The Facts of Fiction

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

This workshop is for writers who want to use real-life characters and/or true events in their fiction. Each writer will come to class with the noted character or event they would like to novelize, and explore the nexus between journalism and novel-writing. This workshop will discuss how journalistic principles may apply as the writer researches a...

$215

8 sessions

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Creating Complex Characters

at Writer's Wordhouse - Annapolis
60 College Ave, Washington, District of Columbia 21401

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
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Strong Beginnings for Fiction & Memoir

at Writer's Wordhouse - Annapolis
60 College Ave, Washington, District of Columbia 21401

Where should your story open? In the middle? With a bit of dialogue? A character in action? Do your beginning pages introduce conflict? Do they establish point of view, setting, and expectation? Let's explore the components of a strong start, one that is not gimmicky, but an integral part of the narrative — capturing the reader from the first page....

$50
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The Art of the Interview

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

Whether you're producing a work of non-fiction or creating believable, authentic characters for your novel, a key research tool is the interview.  In this session, you'll learn interviewing tips and strategies for getting even the most recalcitrant person to open up to you. Class members will have an opportunity to apply techniques that will break...

$45
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Not Just Words: How to Write Dialogue...

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

Dialogue in writing presents a difficult challenge to the writer. On the one hand, you want your characters words to sound lifelike. On the other hand, if your characters’ words are too lifelike, the result, ironically, is lifeless writing that drones on and on like a transcript of a really boring Congressional hearing. In this two-session...

$60

2 sessions

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Travel Memoir Your Readers Will Love

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

This course will teach you how to structure a travel memoir, organize your insights and adventures into compelling narrative, and write evocatively using the best techniques of fiction to describe your real-life trip. In-class writing exercises will each focus on a different component of writing travel, including time/place anchors, setting the scene,...

$120
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Right Brain Writing – Daily Life

at Politics & Prose Bookstore & Coffeehouse - Chevy Chase
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20008

Explore your creative side in this session, one of a series of stand-alone classes with prompts designed to get your subconscious flowing. Through guided exercises, we’ll focus on writing about daily life and its simple beauty, the extraordinary found in the ordinary. No writing experience necessary! This is a great class for beginners and also...

$50
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