Join us for fun and engaging youth writing workshops at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. All workshops are free and open to writers at all levels, according to age.
Create Space for Creative Writing in Your Busy Life
Have you always wanted to try creative writing but find the idea scary?
Or, did you once love to write but think you have forgotten how to do it?
Do you find it impossible to squeeze time for creative writing into your hectic life? No more excuses. It’s time to start writing!
Learn how to make time and space for creative writing in your life. In this workshop, we will explore the elements of creative writing and work through exercises designed to help you develop the habits of a successful writer. You will learn how to establish writing goals and meet them–even if you only have 20 minutes to write a day. You will walk away with new writing, new goals and a new commitment to your creative life.
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Time: 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: cove – 1817 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC
Increase Revenue with Creative Content (Training)
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Location: Cove 7th Street – 829 7th Street Northwest
Creative content has become a critical part of doing business. How well are you telling your organization’s story?
Everyone wants to hear a good story. Whether your goal is to engage donors, secure grant funding or engage new customers, the best way to do it by developing content about your products, programs and services. If you’re not telling stories, you’re leaving money on the table.
In this training, you will learn how to:
- Develop content that showcases your products, programs and services.
- Implement a content culture across your organization.
- Create an editorial calendar and production schedule to plan for upcoming news and events.
- Interview clients, customers and supporters.
- Track and evaluate how well your content is performing.
This training is for business owners, communications and development professionals and anyone who wants to learn how to use content to increase revenue.
Willona Sloan is an experienced workshop facilitator from Washington, DC. She teaches creative writing and arts writing workshops, and hosts the Writing with Willona series of literary social events such as happy hours, wine tastings and dinner parties for shy writers who want to have fun. Willona’s workshops are intended to foster dialogue and increase understanding within our global community.
Willona M. Sloan
Available workshop options include:
One-Day Writing Workshop
In a one-day seminar that combines reading, discussion and guided and independent writing exercises, students will read selections by U.S. writers of color and generate new writing in response to these works.
Multi-week Writing Workshop
Students will be given weekly reading and writing exercises. Students will read and discuss texts, create new writing and develop a creative project.
It’s time to start making money from your writing! Please join me for one of my summer writing workshops at the Bethesda or Capitol Hill locations of The Writer’s Center!
Saturday, June 28, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital (921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington, D.C.) Open to All Levels Cost: $50 Register: https://www.writer.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=353
Do you find it impossible to squeeze time for creative writing into your hectic life? Well, you can’t publish if you’re not writing. Writing requires discipline and commitment. Here, you will learn how to develop the habits of a successful writer, including how to set and track your writing goals, create a schedule and project plan, and use writing prompts to advance your story or generate new work. We also will do in-class fiction and non-fiction writing exercises designed to show you how to make the most of your writing time. There are no good excuses! This class is for all busy writers.
Break on Through: Breaking into Music Journalism
Saturday, July 12, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Location: The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD) Open to All Levels Cost: $80 Register: https://www.writer.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=353 Are you interested in breaking into music journalism? Here you will learn how to score interviews with bands and work with record labels and publicists to review new records. You will learn tips for writing compelling feature stories, artist profiles, and live show reviews. You also will learn how to sell your writing for publication and how to build your own music blog to showcase your work.
Arts and Culture Writing: How to Build Your Portfolio for Publication
(4) Wednesdays, August 6 – August 27, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Location: The Writer’s Center (4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda, MD) Open to All Levels Cost:$135 Register: https://www.writer.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=353 Breaking into arts writing takes determination — and good clips. The best way to land your first paying gig is to have a portfolio of reviews and feature stories that demonstrate your skill and writing style. You will learn tips for interviewing artists and musicians; writing art and music reviews; and contacting record labels, publicists and artists. Through weekly assignments you will learn how to build a professional arts and culture blog to serve as your portfolio, as well as how to market your writing and pitch ideas to publications to sell your first story. Students must complete 400- to 500-word writing assignments each week. You will be encouraged to launch your own arts and culture blog.