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Winter/Spring 2015 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, journaling,
poetry, narrative poems, poems of emotion,
fiction, novel services,
memoir, creative non-fiction, flash memoir,
writers craft, research, & professional development, querying agents, self-publishing,
crime scenes, psychologists, psychology, psychotherapy, emergency rooms,
sentences/scenes/pov/psychic distance, blogs/websites/online magazines,
marketing, copy editing, research, submitting,
grammar, punctuation, public reading,
food writing, collage, calligraphy, book making, zentangle,
screenplays, comedy,
& classes for kids & teen writers
in norfolk, virginia (hampton roads, va)



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We offer classes on weekday evenings, weekday mornings, and the daytime on weekends. All classes are listed on this page within their respective genre sections (i.e. all Poetry classes are listed together).
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The Muse Writers Center Classes

Looking for a place to express your inner writer? This session, we'll offer classes that meet for a variety of lengths, including one day & 2-, 3-, 4-, 6-, 7-, and 8-week classes. The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Class size is usually capped at 8 or 9 students—classes with different maximum sizes are indicated in the class listing.
When you take a class at The Muse Writers Center, you'll find yourself part of a diverse community of writers in Hampton Roads, Virginia. Classes range from those geared for novice writers or those with some writing experience who are looking for a structured environment in which to bloom to those geared for intermediate, advanced, or professional writers.
No matter what kind of class you take, you will be a vital part of the class. Attendance and class participation is critical, as you will be helping both yourself and your classmates develop your craft.

General Classes and Writing Workshops

Some classes are seminars where you will be learning a specific aspect of craft. In general, classes combine creative exercises designed to inspire, readings selected to support your work, and discussions to stimulate that work within an encouraging and nurturing environment. Most classes include a workshop component--based on the undergraduate and graduate-level workshop model, where current work is distributed to all members of the group for helpful criticism and advice. In a workshop, students are expected to both produce work for group critique and take time to provide feedback to other class members. Deadlines and guidance from our experienced instructors encourage participants to produce their finest work.

Writing Studios

Continuing from the Intermediate Writing Workshop model, Muse Writing Studios are open to advanced and professional writers who are looking for a community and guidance while working on a project or refining their craft. Writing Studios are generally closed to open registration. Permission by the Studio's teacher and a submission of a writing sample is required for admittance into the Studio Group.



Classes to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

Start Writing, Keep Writing... Write Now

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn稚 have to be hard work. It痴 just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you値l write to cues and prompts, and then share your work in a safe and positive environment (you can always opt out). You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, fiction) to poetry. Class members can also bring one longer, out-of-class piece for an insightful group critique, under the guidance of your instructor.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning February 19
Instructor: Melissa Sipin
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Ignite Your Creativity

Everyone is creative. There are tools that can help us be more creative, find our projects and knock down our inner walls. In this seminar, we値l explore the creativity gene, how creativity works, why we get blocks, and discover some methods of breaking through the blocks. We値l move quickly through five or six exercises in creativity, followed by discussion. Experiment in a place where success and failure are both part of the learning process. Bring with you a willingness to try something new, and you値l discover that you have a wealth of creativity energy just waiting to be mined.
Saturday, February 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Susie Pedigo
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Journaling for Creative & Personal Growth

Often the simplest way to gain clarity in life is to write your way through it. In this structured and safe 90-minute journaling workshop, you will develop the tools to maintain a lasting, daily practice in writing for personal growth and awareness. More than "telling our stories," we値l explore and consider our thoughts around our feelings, experiences, and relationships. Join us to begin a careful conversation with yourself that will continue both inside and outside of class.
Saturdays, 1-2:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning February 21
Instructor: Mira Roberts
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28
Session cost: $125 ($115 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5
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Poetry Classes:

Introduction to Writing Poetry

This class, for anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poems through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we値l explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 12
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 12, 26, March 12, 26, April 9, 23
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning poets and new members with poetry writing/workshopping experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 16
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

Sing Darker: Strengthen the Emotional Pulse of Your Poetry

Beyond a poem痴 images and underneath a poem痴 breath surge a poem痴 leap to deep emotional resonance. To gain greater emotional intensity in our writing, we can borrow from the advice given to a famous opera singer who was told to "sing darker" to achieve a richer and more resonant effect. So it is with the emotional voice within your poems. In this short workshop, we'll consider traditional and contemporary poets who mine the hidden seams of desire, dread, and jubilation--without sentimentality, but with authenticity and power. You値l generate original poems for workshop and hone your expression of the astonishment and impact that hover between the physical lines of your poems.
Saturdays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 4 meeting session beginning March 21
Instructor: Suzanne Rhodes
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: March 21, 28, April 11, 18
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work may be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (monthly)
a 4 meeting session beginning February 17
Facilitator: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional poets; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 3 poems) via email
Meets: February 17, March 17, April 21, May 18
Seats Remaining: 2

The Good Walk: Narrative Poetry and Voice as Character

In this class, we will take a close look at the elements of story that readily translate to the speed and intuitions of poetry.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning February 19
Instructor: Tim Seibles
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: February 19, March 5, March 19, April 2
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Submitting?
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Looking for Copy Editing?
Looking for Blogs &/or Online Magazines?
Looking for Ignite Your Creativity?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Journaling?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Collage: Your Words with Images?
Looking for Calligraphy?
Looking for Self Publishing?


Fiction Classes:

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Daytime Session

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we値l explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you値l be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 16
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 16, 23, March 2, 9, 16, 30, April 6, 20
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Evening Session

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we値l explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories—from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another—you値l be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 17
Instructor: Kelly Avery
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

The Fiction Workshop: Section A

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 19
Instructor: Leslie Clements
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 19, March 5, 19, April 2, 16, 30
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Fiction Workshop: Section B

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 11
Instructor: Eric Ramseier
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 8, 22
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Fiction Workshop: Section C

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 9
Instructor: Eric Ramseier
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

The Daytime Fiction Workshop: Section B

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 4
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 4, 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Daytime Fiction Studio: Section A

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 10
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: February 10, 24, March 10, 24, April 7, 21
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

The Daytime Fiction Studio: Section B

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly) (bi-weekly)
a 6 week session beginning a 6 meeting session beginning February 10
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: February 10, 24, March 10, 24, April 7, 21
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Fiction Studio

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 9
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: February 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20, May 4
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

The Novel Doctor

Trying to get your novel ready to submit to an agent, editor, or competition? It痴 time to hand over the book for a professional critique. Get frank, respectful suggestions for perfecting your book in a detailed assessment. You can choose how much or how little feedback you壇 like. Specific services and costs will be determined on a case-by-case basis with novelist, Ellen Bryson. Pre-register below, and Ellen will contact you for more information.
Open to: advanced and professional novelists, with a completed, polished manuscript

The Daytime Fiction Workshop: Section A

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 11
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 11, 25, March 11, 25, April 22, May 6
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Screenwriting?
Looking for Crime Scenes?
Looking for Psychology Seminar?
Looking for Emergency Rooms Seminar?
Looking for Marketing?
Looking for Copy Editing?
Looking for Blogs &/or Online Magazines?
Looking for Submitting?
Looking for Querying Agents?
Looking for Self Publishing?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Sentences, Scenes, POV, &/or Psychic Distance?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Ignite Your Creativity?
Looking for A Grammar Refresher?
Looking for A Punctuation Refresher?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Collage: Your Words with Images?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?


Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

Personal Narratives: An Introduction to Memoir

Personal narratives are the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class we will move toward uncovering the stories within ourselves which most need telling. Through writing exercises, readings, and constructive discussions of our short essays-in-progress, we値l explore the ways in which language, voice, and literary techniques can bring the truth of our experiences to vibrant life on the page.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 25
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 25, March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 15, 22
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

In its various forms, essay to memoir to commentary to review, creative nonfiction includes vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice. This class will introduce you to the contemporary nonfiction writer's toolbox by examining published texts and writing a wide range of stories (personal commentary/essay, profile pieces, travel/place essays, art reviews, magazine writing and food/nature/science writing). You will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning February 17
Instructor: Jennifer Adams
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 17, 24, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Creative Nonfiction in the Morning

In its various forms, essay to memoir to commentary to review, creative nonfiction includes vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice. This class will introduce you to the contemporary nonfiction writer's toolbox by examining published texts and writing a wide range of stories (personal commentary/essay, profile pieces, travel/place essays, memoir, art reviews, magazine writing and food/nature/science writing). You will have multiple opportunities to submit creative work for review/workshop with constructive and supportive feedback.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 17
Instructor: Kelly Sokol Avery
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: February 17, March 3, 17, 31, April 14, 28
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

The Memoir Workshop: Section B

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, what story to tell, what to leave out—and will continue discussing craft issues such as: writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 18
Instructor: Jason Carney
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15, 29
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

The Memoir Studio

What draws us to memoir are the possibilities of exploring the big truth among the many smaller truths in our lives. We reflect on and select among a myriad of experiences and memories and bring these selections together to create our understanding of truth. In this studio we'll do detailed, grad-school-level critiques of each other's work in a safe, supportive environment. Studio members must have significant workshop experience and must submit a writing sample to the teacher in advance of enrollment, with the goal of limiting this studio to experienced writers.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 18
Instructor: Nicole Emmelhainz
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply to the waiting list by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email.
Meets: February 18, March 4, 18, April 1, 15, 29
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Short Memoir: Narratives in a Flash

Memoir writing is about creating compelling and engaging stories spun from your own life. Those stories allow readers to experience what matters to you—it also allows them feel part of something that matters to them, too. In this class we will be writing short personal essays (between 500 and 1,000 words) which may or may not be part of a longer work. We'll generate new material in and out of class, and we'll continue working to refine our editing and storytelling skills. Working in a shorter format will let you take a fresh look at your life experiences; you'll also find ways to tighten your prose, to better focus and shape your story into something resonant and necessary.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 2
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 2, 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 27
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Advanced Creative Nonfiction in the Morning

Returning writers and new writers with advanced creative nonfiction writing experience will actively write and revise nonfiction, personal essays, memoirs and more. We will discuss larger issues of both form and substance, looking beyond what story you have to tell, toward how to tell your story beautifully and informatively with the goal of finding a larger audience. You will continue studying the craft of writing and how to hone every page, paragraph, sentence, phrase. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 10
Instructor: Kelly Sokol Avery
Open to: writers with some workshop experience &/or instructor approval
Meets: February 10, 24, March 10, 24, April 7, 21
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir Workshop: Section A

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, what story to tell, what to leave out—and will continue discussing craft issues such as: writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 9
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: February 9, 23, March 9, 23, April 6, 20
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Write Now?
Looking for Food Writing?
Looking for Journaling?
Looking for Classes for Kids & Teens?
Looking for Marketing?
Looking for Copy Editing?
Looking for Blogs &/or Online Magazines?
Looking for Submitting?
Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Collage: Your Words with Images?
Looking for Ignite Your Creativity?
Looking for Crime Scenes?
Looking for Psychology Seminar?
Looking for Emergency Rooms Seminar?
Looking for Querying Agents?
Looking for Book Making?
Looking for Self Publishing?
Looking for Sentences, Scenes, POV, &/or Psychic Distance?
Looking for A Grammar Refresher?
Looking for A Punctuation Refresher?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?


Writers Craft, Research, & Professional Development:

A Grammar Refresher

(Who, whom) do you think should take this workshop? Each of the writers who (has, have) problems with grammar. Everyone who writes should know (his/her, their) grammar rules. This session will help you refresh your grammar knowledge and polish your writing skills, so you will make (less, fewer) mistakes. (Answers: who, has, his/her, fewer)
Saturday, February 28, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Write Great Sentences

Great sentences are not simply building blocks, they reflect the nature of what they are expressing within a story. Understanding and designing sentences is key to developing your personal style and voice and to becoming the writer you set out to be. Sentences that sing move your readers through the rise and fall of syntax and provide the musicality of the story or poem the sentence reveals. This seminar will help you manipulate subjects and verbs, use the punch of parallel structure, and eliminate annoying prose clutter so you can create sentences that are either short and punchy or long, elegant, and coherent.
Saturday, February 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Crime Scene Investigations: Research for Writers

"There is nothing like first-hand evidence." (Sherlock Holmes) Tales of crime and punishment often take central stage in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police officer, you値l be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you are writing crime stories, mysteries, or courtroom dramas, or simply need a better understanding of what happens in court to make a specific character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: police response, crime scene analysis and investigation, general police investigations, robberies and bank robberies, and homicides and violent crime. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Sgt. Michael Lovely
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 11 of 12
This seminar rotates topics each session:
Summer: police interviews, interrogation, lie detection, witnesses and suspects
Fall: court proceedings, defendants, presenting cases, police preparation for trials and hearings

How to: Market Your Writing & Yourself

The right kind of marketing can help you reach a wider audience as a writer. But what are the most effective ways to keep your name and your work in the public eye? In this seminar, you値l learn the best techniques to reach new readers in the ever-changing marketplace as well as the best strategies to implement your ideas. Seminar topics include promotions and interviews to publicity and networking, all helping to build your brand as a writer.
Saturday, March 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Heather Hildebrand
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6

Copy Editing

A good copy editor is a reader痴 best friend. This seminar, led by an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience as a reporter and editor, can help any writer or editor who values clarity. We will cover ways to find and remove inaccuracies, tighten flabby prose, check every number in an article (even the hidden ones), and correct common mistakes in grammar and usage. We also will review deadline-tested methods to make a final review of an assignment to avoid mortifying embarrassments. If class members are interested, we can cover how to write killer headlines and photo captions. (After all, copy editors are the best-read writers at newspapers and magazines.)
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m,-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Dan Duke
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Point of View: Whose Story is it?

A strong point of view not only establishes how a story is told, it also establishes who is telling the story. Readers want to either care about your main characters or feel good when they despise them. In this seminar, we値l experiment with first and third-person points of view and their numerous variations of each. We値l test-drive the effects of changing a story from one point of view to another and of "head-jumping" (or leaping between points of view). Finally, we値l discuss reasons for choosing one point of view over another. Join us and strengthen the story your characters are telling.
Saturday, March 14, 12:10-3 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How to: Start an Author Blog/Website

Are you ready to start launch your writing career? Many authors have a significant web presence including a blog, and other authors got their start with blogging. Come join us as we explore what a blog can (and can't) do for you, investigate the type of author blogs, the ethics of E-publishing, and find out what it takes to keep a blog fresh and successful. We値l work through the step-by-step process of setting up a blog. Join us to take the next step you致e been looking for!
Sunday, March 15, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6
Please note this session takes place at 757 Creative Space, 259 Granby Street, Suite 250, Downtown Norfolk, 23510.

Psychologists, Psychology, and Psychotherapy: Research for Writers

"Whatever is rejected from the self, appears in the world as an event." (Carl Jung) Stories are people with problems and how they overcome them. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted psychiatrist, you値l be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you have characters with mental illness or neuroses, characters who are in therapy, characters who are psychologists or therapists, or just need a better understanding of how human behavior works to make a character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: psychological aspects of human behavior, therapy from the therapist痴 point of view, the various mental illnesses, neurotic behavior, personality disorders, and treatment. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Tim Sanderson, MD
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Research for Writers: Tips and Techniques

James Franco said, "I become kind of obsessive about research." This is the pleasure and the peril of digging for facts. A fictional (and a nonfictional) world must ring true, and that truth lies inside the details. But how do we focus our efforts and not get bogged down in needless fact-finding? And once found, what are the best ways to use those facts? Through exercises, examples, and your own work, we will talk about: background and spot research; developing an eye for detail; fact weaving; the best resources; and how not to get lost within a mountain of detail.
Saturday, March 21, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

How to: Find & Query an Agent

In this seminar, we will cover researching agents and editors to increase your chances of being moved to the top of the pile. When it comes to getting attention in the publishing industry, the query letter is often the first piece of work an agent or editor will see from a writer. You値l learn proper query formatting, including voice and tone, as well as drafting a compelling synopsis that will make agents and editors say, "I. Want. More!"
Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Lamar Giles
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

A Punctuation Refresher

"Let's eat Grandma" or "Let's eat, Grandma." Commas might not save lives, but they sure help clarify written work. Can you imagine reading a story with no punctuation? It would be like driving with no traffic signs to guide you. Those little commas, semicolons, apostrophes, hyphens, quotation marks and periods help us navigate written work. Correct use of punctuation marks is governed by specific rules. Learn them in this seminar. When you submit your work, you don稚 want editors to reject it because of avoidable mistakes.
Saturday, March 28, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Launching an Online Magazine

Everyone needs a place to be heard. Are you ready to start an online magazine, so you can get the word out about all of the great writers you know? Join us for basics of getting started with your own magazine. The tutorial will focus on launching your site, developing content (utilizing multi-media content), and maintaining and promoting your site. We値l also cover the basics of finding and fostering an audience, and more. Find out what you need to know to get started!
Sunday, March 29, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Matthew Larrimore
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7
Please note this session takes place at 757 Creative Space, 259 Granby Street, Suite 250, Downtown Norfolk, 23510.

The Short Story: An Excavation

In this seminar, we値l dissect a classic short story and examine each of its critical elements. We値l identify the inciting incident, and locate the beats of its plot. We値l look at point of view, and discuss how it influences our understanding of events. We値l ask and answer key questions: How are the characters revealed? Why does a paragraph begin and end where it does? How does the chosen diction of dialogue and narrative contribute to the work? Improve the vital components of your own work through the close examination of a story that has endured.
Saturday, April 4, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Writing Great Scenes That Push Your Story Forward

Scenes are the building blocks of our stories, and whether you are writing fiction, screenplays, or plays, your success will depend on your scenes strength and continuity. Each scene, even one which is primarily descriptive, needs to have a beginning, middle, and end, while creating drama, conflict, and tension. Learn to develop strong scenes that propel your stories forward and make your readers want to turn the page. Join us and find creative ways to think outside the box to invigorate your scene work.
Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jean Klein
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Emergency Room Procedures & Treatment: Research for Writers

"Get her to X-Ray, Stat!" Emergencies, illness, injuries, and treatment often play an import role in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted emergency room doctor, you値l be able to better understand and writer your own characters and plot-lines, no matter your story痴 genre. Learn what actually happens in a hospital痴 E.R. from the patients point of view and that of the doctors and nurses, so you can make a character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: emergency procedures, triage of patients, trauma, referrals to other parts of the hospital, evaluation of illness and injury, decisions on medical and surgical treatments, and discharge. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, April 18, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Chris Maples, MD
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

How to: Submit Your Work to Magazines and Journals

You致e crafted your writing; now it痴 time to get it published! This seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines. We値l cover pulling together a submission, proper formatting, choosing an appropriate home for your work, crafting a cover letter, and simultaneous submissions. We値l also explore Duotrope--an online submissions manager—to make your publishing life easier. Join us and learn the best ways to let your work live in print!
Sunday, April 19, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Shannon Curtin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
Please note this session takes place at 757 Creative Space, 259 Granby Street, Suite 250, Downtown Norfolk, 23510.

Psychic Distance: How Close are Your Characters?

John Gardner, the author of The Art of Fiction, defines psychic distance as "the distance the reader feels between himself and the events in the story." Others call it "level of penetration," or use the metaphor of a camera dolly. It all points to how close your characters are to the world they inhabit. In this seminar, we will use examples and exercises to explore: how psychic distance ranges from hyper-objective to deeply embedded; what elements play with a reader痴 perception of distance; how psychic distance relates to showing and telling; and the rhythm of intimacy—a moving point of view. Join us and hone your characters and your world.
Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Ellen Bryson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Preparing for Your Reading

Learn to bring your writing to life at public readings and open-mics. This interactive, small-group workshop is designed for first-time and newer reading participants, or others who simply want a bit of polish. We will focus on simple oral and physical techniques to teach you the skills to read like a pro. You値l practice reading your own writing—with constructive feedback—to help you become an effective, engaging reader.
Saturday, April 25, 1-4:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Linda Carol Cobb
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4 of 4

How to: Self-Publish Your Book

You致e written a great book, but the query letter/literary agent/publisher game isn稚 your cup of tea. Have you considered self-publishing? With print-on-demand, it's easier than ever to get your book into print—and e-books are even easier! From platform choice to formatting and cover design, this workshop will answer your questions and walk you through the process of getting your manuscript ready to market in both print and e-book formats.
Saturday, May 2, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructors: Jeff Andrews
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8
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Art for Writers:

A Zentangle Workshop

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, meditative drawing process in which you create beautiful images from repetitive patterns without preplanning or design. Join Donna as she leads you in this fun, relaxing workshop through the step-by-step process of creating your own Zentangle tiles, allowing your creative spirit to soar. Discover an environment that provides you with a new way to calm the heart and mind before putting pen to page. Enhance your thought process, calm your inner critic and open the door to possibilities!
Sunday, February 22, 1-3:30 pm.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost(includes materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.
Sunday, March 8, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Catherine Malley
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Bookmaking: Real Self-Publishing

Our first books were made by hand. The care and artistry in the creation of the physical book mirrored the astonishing value of the words inside. In this one meeting seminar, Christine Rucker will work side-by-side with you to publish your collection of poetry or prose within a beautiful hand-bound book. After registration, Christine will discuss various options for covers, pages, and styles before your meeting. Materials you need to get started are included. Join us as you hand-craft your words into the world.
Available Sundays, 3-5:30 p.m.
On: February 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Christine Rucker
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost(includes materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
ONLY 2 SEATS OPEN ON EACH AVAILABLE DAY

A Zentangle Workshop 2

In this Zentangle 2 class we will take the basics of Zentangle and explore them even further. We will learn new tangle designs and techniques and use more materials to deepen your Zentangle practice. Join us!
Sunday, March 22, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: persons with some Zentangle experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost(includes materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

Collage: Your Words with Images

In this workshop writers will discover a whole new world of artistic possibility while enjoying the traditional method of cut and glue. We will create a palette composed of a variety of materials including your own writing and others: prose, poems, newspapers, old books, song lyrics, as well as artistic papers, photographs, magazine images, fabric and found material. We will release our "creative spirit" while ripping and tearing paper, using a repeated process of arranging, rearranging, adhering materials. Michal will guide you through the process and you will leave with a finished one-of-a-kind collage for yourself or as a gift. If you are "not artistic" this workshop is for you. Some materials provided. A additional materials list will be provided by the teacher.
Sunday, April 19, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Michal Mahgerefteh
Open to: persons of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6
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Food Writing Class:

Food Writing: From Elemental to Exceptional

Join award-winning food journalist and cookbook author Patrick Evans-Hylton in an exploration of the essence of eating, and learn how to express your thoughts on the experience in a clear, concise and compelling way. We will be eating and imbibing through in-class potlucks and field trips to restaurants to get the most from all of our senses to fully appreciate food and drink; an emphasis will be put on painting a complete picture thorough imagery. We will create a blog (or adding to your already existing blog) to share these word pictures. From this class, you will learn how to effectively write about dining at restaurants and dining at home for (1) journals and blogs, (2) online critique sites like Yelp and Urbanspoon, (3) short magazine and newspaper pieces and (4) parts of a larger food writing project. Information on posting and publicizing your expressions in food will also be covered as well as brief elements of food photography.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 week session beginning February 15
Instructor: Patrick Evans-Hylton
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: February 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7
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Script Writing Classes:

Screenwriting 101

In this class, you will explore the craft of screenwriting—its art and design. We will delve into the three-act structure and its alternatives, plot, and proper industry formatting, as well as character motivation, with an emphasis on the heroic journey and universal archetypes and themes. You will begin or continue writing your own script, and be given constructive feedback. Emphasis will be given to what producers look for in a script and how to market your work. Get a real glimpse "behind the camera" from someone who has been there.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 16
Instructor: Kip Watson
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: February 16, March 2, 16, 30, April 13, 27
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

Screenwriting Consultation

If you have a completed screenplay, Kip Watson will provide comprehensive notes/coverage on the script in an one-on-one meeting, then meet with you again during the spring for a discussion of your rewrite.
Meeting dates to be arranged with instructor
Instructor: Kip Watson
Open to: writers with a completed screenplay
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Looking for Crime Scenes?
Looking for Psychology Seminar?
Looking for Emergency Rooms Seminar?
Looking for Blogs &/or Online Magazines?
Looking for Sentences, Scenes, POV, &/or Psychic Distance?
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Classes for Kids & Teens:

Young Writers Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we値l explore creative writing and expression. We値l get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share our work. You can explore multiple genres: share poems you like and write short poems together; bring your imagination and characters to life by writing short and very short stories; write what you think about yourself, where you came from, and the world around you by writing nonfiction, memoir, and newspaper-type stories. This is a great chance for you to have fun with your words. Come express yourself in a guided, friendly, and supportive environment.
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 8
Instructors: Jennifer Adams
Open to: writers ages 9-11, of all levels of experience
Meets: February 8, 22, March 8, 22, April 19, May 3
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3 of 11

Teen Writers Workshop: Section A

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We値l get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other痴 work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 7
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: February 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Teen Writers Workshop: Section B

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We値l get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other痴 work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere.
Saturdays 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning February 7
Instructor: Lucian Mattison
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: February 7, 21, March 7, 21, April 4, 18
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Looking for Improv & Sketch Comedy?

Check out The Pushers, who are teaching these classes in their new theatre (The Push Comedy Theater) on Granby Street in the new Arts District.
Looking for Book Making?
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Looking for Zentangle?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?