Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Writer's Center Fall Workshop Schedule

Attention DC-area writers: the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, announces that the Fall Workshop listings are now posted and open for registration at

I will be teaching two classes this fall:

Dialogue: How to Talk the Talk
Dialogue seems as though it should be easy since we all talk! But written dialogue should reverberate beyond the sounds of everyday conversation, serving many purposes: revealing character, moving the story forward, supporting your setting. How do you accomplish these effects in your own fiction and memoir? This supportive, hands-on workshop offers tips and techniques that will help the voices of your characters come alive. We’ll be doing a number of exercises in class, so bring pen and paper! 1 hour lunch break.
One day, Saturday, October 27, 2007, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in Bethesda, MD

Finding Your Voice: Creating Memorable Fiction and Memoir
Have you always wanted to write but couldn’t quite find the courage to pick up a pencil? Or perhaps you’re a secret writer, scribbling stories in private notebooks, compulsively filling the pages of your journal? This supportive, hands-on workshop will give you courage to write and direction about how to proceed. Through discussion and writing exercises, participants will learn some basic techniques of fiction/memoir writing. The goal is to leave with several promising pieces to finish at home. Bring a pen and lots of paper!
One day, Sunday, November 4, 2007, 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., in Leesburg, VA

And for those who’d like to get a flavor of what else is available, or if you’re not familiar with the great and wide-ranging offerings at the Writer’s Center, mark your calendar for the Open House, on Saturday, September 8, 2007, from noon to 3:00 p.m.

Special hint for out-of-towners or those afraid of rush hour traffic to Maryland: The Writer’s Center also offers a number of online classes!


DC-area author Leslie Pietrzyk explores the creative process and all things literary.