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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

How to Write a Novel

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

This one day workshop gives writers a practical 16-point plan that takes you from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans.  Participants will discuss how to transform the nub of an idea into a book-length project, populated with interesting characters,...

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$50

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Your First (Or Next) Novel

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

Writing a novel takes commitment, but it doesn’t need to be daunting. Learn how to generate a handful of plots from which to choose, methods for effectively planning your story, and simple hacks for fine tuning your basic fiction skills. Participants will initiate a flexible writing plan that will keep their writing flowing. This is a great half-day...

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$50

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,...

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$50

Finish that First Draft

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

If you’re having trouble finishing a draft of your novel, this workshop is for you. Explore strategies for overcoming common writing obstacles and distractions that might be preventing you from typing THE END.  This workshop will discuss writing quotas, outlining, BICFOK (butt-in-chair, fingers-on-keyboard), and other techniques for getting...

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$50

NaNoWriMo 101

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

Every November, thousands of writers worldwide sit down to a challenge: to write 50,000 words, or the first draft of a novel, in just thirty days.  Yes, it's crazy, and yet, books like Water for Elephants and The Night Circus were born in past years during National Novel Writing Month. Is it for you? How does it work? What are the strategies...

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$50

Writing a Middle Grade/Young Adult Novel

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

Stop spinning your wheels and start writing your first draft! In this class you will generate ideas, write beginning scenes, and flesh out the plot for your novel.  Learn about story structure, characterization, conflict, outlining, and other craft topics, with a special focus on writing for young people. Each week participants will read...

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$215

6 sessions

From Novice to Novelist

at The Writer's Center - Capitol Hill 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, District of Columbia 20003

A day-long workshop that deconstructs and demystifies the novel-writing process for struggling and/or aspiring writers. We'll go all the way from getting the nub of an idea to getting your book into the hands of expectant fans. Along the way you'll learn how to stay organized, write in the voice of the opposite sex, the art of rewriting, and how to...

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$115

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...

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$270

8 sessions

Great Beginnings

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

Because literary agents and acquiring editors for publishing houses are so overwhelmed with submissions, they often judge a short story, novella, or novel by a quick read of the work's opening pages. How does a writer ensure the person judging their work will read past page 2?  Learn effective options for providing a strong hook and riveting...

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$50

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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

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

The Extreme Novelist

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

Can't find the time/energy/inspiration to get your novel written? This popular course, developed by the author of the book by the same name, will help you complete a rough draft in just eight weeks. Writers will receive the encouraging guidance of professional writing coach Kathryn Johnson (author of over 40 published novels). Each participant will...

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$360

9 sessions

Story Intensive

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

This workshop will look at what makes short stories work (and by extension, novels and memoirs). Participants will be read and discuss stories from American Best Short Stories 2017 edited by Meg Wolitzer, as well as workshop their short stories or memoirs. Participants are encouraged to bring a story to the first class for critique.

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$195

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
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