Dust off your Dadaist translations of Dan Brown's epic The Faerie Queene and get some feedback on your hard work with today's Groupon. For $30, you get $75 toward creative writing workshops at The Writer's Center in Bethesda. The Writer's Center offers up to 300 workshops in a variety of genres each year, including fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting, songwriting (or "rap-smithing"), literary translation, and writing for public relations and marketing. Get up to two Groupons to put toward the same or multiple classes, or inspire a friend to pursue her children's Jacobian drama when you gift a Groupon.
At The Writer's Center, you'll learn from practicing writers who've published their literary work in books and journals, freelanced for magazines, optioned screenplays, and been awarded residencies and recognition for their literary achievements in other non-LOLcat fields. By simply knowing and working with these literary superstars, you'll become a minor literary celebrity yourself—a household name in a dozen different households, including the Peters family and the McCaffey-Rodriguezes. Though insinuating yourself into the local or national yachting community requires yacht ownership, joining a literary community only requires interest. Your newfound network of colleagues will support your compelling novella about space yachting, whether you've started writing it or not.
Workshop topics run the gamut from structuring your sci-fi/fantasy world to setting up your blog. Take a five-session class to improve your writing on the job ($185 for center members, $215 for non-members) or learn techniques and strategies for crafting fiction in an eight-session introduction to the genre ($220 member, $260 non-member). Get started on your poetry portfolio before you apply for an M.F.A. with a six-session class on writing the short poem ($220 member, $260 non-member) and you'll be well on your way to a master's degree and subsequent writing job at Groupon. If you can't commit to multiple sessions, take a one-day intensive workshop on the screenwriting process ($70 member, $115 non-member) or learn how to get your poem into print ($60 member, $75 non-member) on a Saturday. Search The Writer's Center's workshop listings to find a workshop that matches your interests, proficiency level, and availability.
Daily Candy recommends The Writer's Center for scribes of all levels and interests:
- You can’t hold onto your elusive inner muse and are intimidated by the whiteness of a Word doc. A workshop at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda should knock some sense into you. Curious newbies start with Creative Writing: Getting Started. Nomadic bloggers learn self-editing (please) from Personal Essay and Travel Writing. Ambitious cubicle cats can add Business and Professional Writing to their iCals. – Daily Candy
- The Bethesda Writer's Center provides a very cool place for writers. It's an important part of the literary culture here, or indeed in the whole of Maryland. We couldn't do without it. – Tanjil Rashid, DowntownBethesda