1. Mixed Genre experimentation
    Days: 6 Tuesdays Time: 6:00 PM-7:30 PM Dates: 11/3–12/8 Location: Bethesda Level: Intermediate/Advanced Genre(s): Mixed Genre Workshop Leader: Sinta Jimenez This is a dynamic and creative workshop for writers intrigued and inspired by the fusion of various genres. Flash fiction, multimedia, creative nonfiction, and poetic prose will be explored. If you're looking to break up the monotony or learn about other genres, this is the class for you.
  2. Write Like The News
    Days: 1 Wednesdays Time: 7:00 PM-9:00 PM Dates: 11/4 Location: Bethesda Level: All Levels Genre(s): Professional Writing Workshop Leader: Hank Wallace Lead with the future -- rather than with background. That's the most important of eight journalism skills that will transform your queries, proposals, and manuscripts. The others: write your readers' language, be positive (to be both clear and upbeat), lay out logically, be consistent, be precise, be brief, and choose strong verbs.
  3. Formal and Free: How the Poem is Built and Moves
    Days: 6 Wednesdays Time: 7:00 PM-9:30 PM Dates: 11/4–12/9 Location: Bethesda Level: Intermediate/Advanced Genre(s): Poetry Workshop Leader: Melanie Figg Want to write some of your best poems while learning a ton about craft? You will be amazed at what you can do and what working in form will teach you. This class will boost your knowledge of and comfort with formal verse and hone your skills with language. Participants will learn and practice a variety of forms.
  4. Plotting Your Novel (online)
    Days: 4 Weeks Dates: 11/6–11/27 Location: Online Level: All Levels Genre(s): Fiction Workshop Leader: T. Greenwood Whether you are a planner or a writer who flies by the seats of your pants when it comes to plot, your novel still needs structure. In this workshop, we will study the architecture of a novel and devise a plan for plotting your novel.
  5. Ten Steps to a Great Tale
    Days: 1 Saturday Time: 9:30 AM-12:30 PM Dates: 11/7 Location: Bethesda Level: All Levels Genre(s): Fiction Workshop Leader: Lynn Schwartz Let's discuss the necessary elements to make your story compelling, resonant and accessible to the reader. Learn to identify where to begin, how to end and the skills needed to traverse the murky middle. Appropriate for those writing short stories, novels and those who wish to incorporate fictional techniques in memoir.
  6. Writing the Family Memoir
    Days: 1 Saturday Time: 1:00 PM-5:00 PM Dates: 11/7 Location: Bethesda Level: Beginner Genre(s): Nonfiction Workshop Leader: Cheryl Somers Aubin Have you always wanted to write your family memoir but weren’t sure how to start? Join other emerging writers as you learn about the different types of family memoirs and how to work on them. In this one-day, four-hour class, participants will take part in many writing exercises, including writing prompts based on photographs and music.