General Questions

The Writer’s Center is located in Bethesda, Md right off of Wisconsin Ave. For directions to our building and operating hours, click here »

Public parking is available directly across Walsh Street from The Writer’s Center in a county parking lot. The meters in this lot are effective Monday through Friday, 9:00am – 10:00pm and free on weekends. Meters accept payment through the ParkMobile app. Please note that The Writer’s Center is not able to make change for meters. Additional metered parking is available in the Capital Crescent Garage (7171 Woodmont Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814), just a 5-minute walk from the Center.

If you are already a registered member, you need to login to view the membership prices.

If The Writer’s Center has to cancel a workshop for any reason, you will be notified via email and offered your choice of either a refund or a credit, which you have a year to use. If you withdraw from a course within the drop period, you will be given a credit good for up to a year. For our full refund and withdrawal policies, click here »

To withdraw from a course, please click here or call us at 301-654-8664. You will receive a credit code to apply to a future workshop or membership purchase. Credit is good for up to one year after you withdraw from a course. Refunds are not offered for withdrawals.

The Writer’s Center follows the lead of the federal government in delayed openings and closures due to severe inclement weather. Workshop participants can check status for the daily government status. If the government announces a two-hour delay, all morning workshops and events will be moved to virtual Zoom sessions; rentals and in-person events will be canceled. In the event of a government closure, all workshops (morning and evening) will be moved to virtual Zoom sessions; all rentals and in-person events will be canceled. Rentals can be rescheduled once the office is reopened. If hazardous weather develops during the day while the office is open, evening workshops and will be moved to virtual Zoom sessions and evening rentals will be canceled. Workshops and events originally scheduled for Zoom or Wet Ink will not be affected by closures.

Online Workshops

We currently offer online workshops in two different ways: live on Zoom, and asynchronously on Wet Ink. The workshop platform info will be listed under the workshop description on our website. After you register for a class, you will receive an email from us with login information a day or two before the workshop is scheduled to begin. Wet Ink is a platform that allows you to log in at any time to view weekly lessons from the instructor, post assignments, and respond to fellow writer’s work in discussion threads. Zoom workshops have a designated meeting time and take place live, as they would in person.

If your workshop does not list a meeting time, that means it is taking place asynchronously on Wet Ink, not live on Zoom. Wet Ink is a forum-based platform that allows you to work on your own schedule. You will be able to log in on the start date and then complete assignments, receive feedback, and interact with classmates at your own pace. Assignments are typically due at the end of each week.

After your purchase, you will receive a confirmation email from The Writer’s Center to the e-mail address you provided at checkout. This confirmation will not include information on how to access your online workshop. Within 48 hours of the start of your online workshop, you will receive an e-mail from The Writer’s Center with a link to the online workshop space.

If you are taking an asynchronous workshop on Wet Ink, all you need is yourself, your computer, and internet access. If you are taking a workshop that meets on Zoom, you will need all the above plus access to your web cam and microphone.

The Writer’s Center encourages workshop leaders to personalize their workshop space with their biographies, images, and syllabi which give you access to your workshop leader’s expectations for the workshop. You’ll also be able to write questions specifically to your workshop leader via forums, chats, or e-mail.

Our Wet Ink workshops are asynchonous classes, meaning there is no set meeting time. Your workshop leader will post lessons and assignments at the beginning of the week. You’ll have a whole week to read, prepare work, and post responses. If you miss a day, or even multiple days, there’s no need to worry! With asynchronous workshops you can participate when you’re ready.

Once the workshop has ended, the workshop web space will be available for one week. After this point, the workshop will be archived, so it is advisable to keep your own copies of any of the documents/resources you upload.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us using the form below.

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