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Fall 2014 Creative & Creative Writing Classes

classes to jumpstart your creativity & writing, journaling,
poetry, love poems, found poetry,
fiction, nanorimo, novel services,
memoir & creative non-fiction, flash memoir, magazine writing,
writers craft, research, & professional development, submission, marketing,
agents, self-publishing, technical/business writing,
courtroom procedures, psychologists, psychology, & psychotherapy, dialogue/scene/setting,
grammar, punctuation, public reading,
collage, calligraphy, zentangle,
screenplays, standup comedy,
& classes for kids & teen writers
in norfolk, virginia (hampton roads, va)



Key to Classes

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.



Fall 2014 Classes:


Classes to Jumpstart Your Creativity & Writing:

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 November 1
Instructor: Mira Roberts
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: November 1, 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13
Session cost: $125 ($115 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

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 October 23
Instructor: Janine Latus
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4 (last date is flexible)
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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, October 4, 1-3:30 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Writing is Fun! Let the Words Flow!

Kick start your creative flow, and learn how to get your words onto the page the moment you sit at your desk. Sometimes we forget that writing is fun—the blank piece or paper or blank screen intimidates us; people who seem to be writing all the time with creativity oozing out of their pores secretly annoy us; and other writers who never seem to experience writer痴 block--well, those people just suck. Guess what? The writing flow is not genetic! The goal of this seminar is to help you find ways to make it all seem easy. A series of guided exercises will teach you to bring spontaneity and fun into your work. We値l focus on two skills: writing creatively and producing pages. Please bring whatever medium you prefer: notebook, laptop, or coloring book. Let痴 eliminate the excuses: Participation in the exercises is not mandatory, and you will not be asked to share with the class. There, we just eliminated two excuses already!
Saturday, October 11, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: John Robert Mack
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Classes for Teens?
Looking for Finders Keepers: The Art of Found Poetry?
Looking for Art for Writers: Zentangle, Collage, Calligraphy?
Looking for Grammar/Punctuation?


Poetry Classes:

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Evening Session

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.
Wednesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 8
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

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 October 13
Instructor: Noah Renn
Open to: continuing members and poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 13, 27, November 10, 24, December 8, 22
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

Love Poems: The Hunger of Words

"At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet." (Plato) One of the most powerful forces a poet can explore is the mystery of love, whether it痴 a romantic expression for another person, a yearning for a place or time, or a deep connection to a friend or family member. In this short workshop, you値l be introduced to love poems of various forms, subjects, and eras and learn how to make your expression move from the sentimental to the evocative. You値l generate original poems for workshop to improve your expression of this constant and chaotic emotion.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 3 meeting session beginning October 16
Instructor: Remica Bingham
Open to: poets with some workshop experience
Meets: October 16, 30, November 13
Session cost: $135 ($125 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

Finders Keepers: The Art of Found Poetry

Does Lewis Carroll痴 Jabberwocky fascinate you with its nonsense language? Do you find yourself repeating words and phrases you致e heard throughout your day, just for the musical sound of it? Have you ever whiled away the afternoon picking interesting words out of the classifieds? You, my friend, are reveling in the joys of found poetry. We will explore the art and origins of found poetry from the Dada movement and Oulipan痴, to collage poetry and abecedarian forms. We will find out how to channel our spontaneous sides into finding poetry everywhere. By hands on experimentation with cut-up, cross-outs, ransom notes, and magnetic poetry we will come to see poetry hiding in plain sight. Come play!
Sundays, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 2 meeting session beginning November 2
Instructor: Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Meets: November 2, 9
Session cost: $80 ($75 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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 October 21
Facilitator: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional poets; students may apply by submitting a writing sample (no more than 3 poems) via email. We'll get back to you by August 21.
Meets: October 21, November 18, December 16, January 20
Seats Remaining: 2
Looking for Ignite Your Creativity?
Looking for Art for Writers: Zentangle, Collage, Calligraphy?
Looking for Journaling for Creative & Personal Growth?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Classes for Teens?
Looking for Technical/Business Writing?
Looking for Self-Publishing/Submitting/Marketing/Agents?


Fiction Classes:

NaNoWriMo Workshop

"You have a job to do, and that job is to write a novel." (Nick Hornby) Finish your novel before the New Year, and have fun doing it! During this National Novel Writing Month workshop, you値l make new Muse friends and writing buddies as we set out together to draft a novel in just 30 days! We値l meet each week to brainstorm writing strategies, track our progress, generate new material, share pages, and support each other. Our first class, we値l create outlines, talk about character development, do writing exercises, and design our regular, reasonable writing and reading routines. In November, we値l power through freezes and blocks with encouragement, in-class writing sprints and exercise, fresh writing tips and tricks, and positive, small-group workshops. In December you値l celebrate your amazing achievement and plan for the "Now What?" months of January and February; at this point, we値l talk briefly about revision and publishing. Your instructor, Jennifer Adams, will be an enthusiastic Wrimo participant, right alongside you.
Tuesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 4 meeting session beginning October 28
Instructor: Jennifer Adams
Open to: fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 28, November 11, 25, December 9
Session cost: $155 ($145 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 4

The Daytime Fiction Workshop

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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 9
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 9, 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 18
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

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.
Wednesday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 15
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 15, 22, 29, November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting session beginning October 16
Instructor: Kelly Avery
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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.
Mondays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 6
Instructor: Leslie Clements
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 October 1
Instructor: Eric Ramseier
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 1, 15, 29, November 12, 26, December 10
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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.
Wednesdays 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 8
Instructor: Eric Ramseier
Open to: continuing members and fiction writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 8, 22, November 5, 19, December 3, 17
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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.
Mondays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 6
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to future sessions by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 7
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students may apply to future sessions by submitting a writing sample (no more than 15 pages) via email
Meets: October 7, 21, November 11, 18, December 2, 16
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 October 6
Instructor: Michael Khandelwal
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: October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Screenwriting?
Looking for Courtroom Proceedures?
Looking for Psychologists, Psychology, & Psychotherapy?
Looking for Self-Publishing/Submitting/Marketing/Agents?
Looking for Dialogue/Scene/Setting/The Middle?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Classes for Teens?
Looking for Technical/Business Writing?
Looking for Ignite Your Creativity?
Looking for Grammar/Punctuation?
Looking for Art for Writers: Zentangle, Collage, Calligraphy?


Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Classes:

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.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 7
Instructor: Dillon Tripp & Jason Carney
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 7, 21, November 4, 18, December 2, 16
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

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 October 15
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3, 10
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Introduction to Magazine Writing

This session is designed for aspiring freelance writers who have a desire to publish their work in magazines or current freelancers who would like to brush up on their skills or branch out to new publications. The early sessions will discuss the fundamentals of magazine writing, important differences from other forms of journalism, and the best ways to pitch and sell stories to editors. We will then follow up by reviewing several different types of magazine stories, including features, columns and department-style writing. Writing assignments will be turned in prior to each meeting and critiqued during the workshop. Submission of work for publication will be encouraged.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 14
Instructor: Angela Blue
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 14, November 4, 11, 25, December 9, 16
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
a 6 meeting session beginning October 16
Instructor: Kelly Sokol Avery
Open to: returning members and writers of all levels of experience
Meets: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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 October 13
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 13, 27, November 10, 24, December 8, 22 (last date flexible)
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 October 6
Instructor: Patti Hinson
Open to: memoir writers with some workshop experience
Meets: October 6, 20, November 3, 17, December 1, 15
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

The Memoir Studio

It is said that memoir is a blend of fiction and fact, the fiction from the prism of memory, the fact from photos and records and the daily data of our lives. A successful memoir blends both to paint the writer's truth. In this studio we'll do detailed, grad-school-level critiques of each other's work in a safe, supportive environment, led by memoirist and long-time teacher Farideh Goldin. 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, 6:15-8:45 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning September 17
Instructor: Farideh Goldin
Open to: advanced and professional writers; students must apply to future sessions by submitting a writing sample via email.
Meets: September 17, October 1, 29, November 12, 26 (this date flexible), December 10
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
Looking for Start Writing, Keep Writing... Write Now?
Looking for Journaling for Creative & Personal Growth?
Looking for Classes for Teens?
Looking for Art for Writers: Zentangle, Collage, Calligraphy?
Looking for Preparing for Your Reading?
Looking for Ignite Your Creativity?
Looking for Technical/Business Writing?
Looking for Courtroom Proceedures?
Looking for Psychologists, Psychology, & Psychotherapy?
Looking for Self-Publishing/Submitting/Marketing/Agents?
Looking for Dialogue/Scene/Setting/The Middle?
Looking for Grammar/Punctuation?


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, October 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: 5 of 11

Settings: Give Your Characters Somewhere to Go

The right setting creates a vivid world for your story and characters to live within--whether a hospital in 18th century London, a farm in 2014 Virginia Beach, or a tavern on a planet a long time ago in a galaxy far away. Great settings are more than a backdrop for characters and action, they locate the reader in time and space and augment the world of the story as a metaphor, pose a challenge to the characters, and factor in the action. In this seminar, you値l explore different ways to let setting breathe life into your work, while figuring out why your characters live in a specific time and place, as well as what happens when you change your mind about where to set your story.
Saturday, November 1, 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: 5

The Middle: Writing the Heart of Your Story

Beginnings capture a reader痴 attention, and endings bring readers to an emotional climax. But what about everything else? The middle? The middle of a story is its heartbeat, and a narrative falls apart without its center. In this seminar, you値l explore writing successful heartbeats of your story, getting to center of the narrative, and how the middle extends from its beginning and to its end. We値l also touch on the conflict system, how a character痴 personal conflicts vs. the story痴 conflict are intertwined and meet at the middle of your narrative.
Saturday, November 1, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Melissa Sipin
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6 of 11

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, November 8, 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: 7

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, November 15, 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: 5 of 11

How to: Self-Publish Your Book

Ever thought about publishing your own book? In the electronic age it's easier than ever to get your book into print. Thinking e-book? Easier still. But there are still a host of questions most people have before taking the plunge into self-publishing. (That's "self-pubbing" for insiders.) Self-published author John Robert Mack will help you figure out how it's done from manuscript all the way to published work. We値l discuss platform options (paperback? Kindle? Nook?), formatting tricks, self-editing secrets, and marketing. Please bring all your questions so this seminar can address your goals.
Saturday, November 15, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Jeff Andrews
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 8

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, November 16, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Tara Shea Burke
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 6 of 11
Please note this session takes place at 757 Creative Space, 259 Granby Street, Suite 250, Downtown Norfolk, 23510.

What Happens in Court: Research for Writers

"All rise. Court is now in session." 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: court proceedings, various kinds of defendants, how prosecutors and defense attorneys present their cases, and police preparation for trials and hearings. After a presentation, ample time will be available for questions and answers.
Saturday, November 22, 1-3:30 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: 4

This seminar rotates topics each session:
Spring: crime scenes, police investigations, robberies and bank robberies, homicides and violent crime
Summer: police interviews, interrogation, lie detection, witnesses and suspects

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, December 6, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Heather Hildenbrand
Open to: writers with some workshop experience
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 5

Technical & Business Writing: Opportunity for Freelancers

Technical and business writing is a good market for freelancers to explore. Technical and business professionals have a specific way of processing and communicating ideas that makes them successful in their fields. In this seminar, we'll look at effective strategies for organizing analytical vs. persuasive reports, the sentence structures essential for the clear communication of technical ideas, and the grammar rules particular to those fields. You will be given both the principles and practice writing exercises to improve your skills. A book (Write For Success: A Guide to Technical and Report Writing) is included in the cost of the course.
Saturday, December 13, 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: 6

How to: Get 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, December 13, 1-3:30 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

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, December 20, 1-3:30 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

You Talkin to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

With great dialogue, you can almost feel readers lean in to the page so they won稚 miss a word. Every word counts. In this seminar, you値l find the best ways to make your characters dialogue both dynamic and natural as well as unique to their specific character. You値l discover how to avoid chit-chat and write dialogue that has a true punch. Learn to better engage readers as you listen for the silence between the words as well as the words themselves and explore ways to be as true to your characters' voices as you can.
Saturday, October 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

Moving the Scene from Our Mind to Words on the Page

The stories in our minds are perfect, but translating them into actual language is the tricky part. You know how it is. Your character has an emotional breakthrough, or you致e reached a crucial point in the story that you池e itching to write. But even though you know exactly what is happening, sometimes when you put it to paper your readers just don稚 get it. This seminar will help you focus on the language level of your work. We値l look at what is actually on the page versus what we think the story is about, and work to sharpen our scenes so readers experience what we intended.
Saturday, October 18, 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)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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Art for Writers:

Advanced Zentangle Workshop

Zentangle is an easy to learn, meditative drawing process for artists, writers and creatives and it is fast becoming a phenomenon around the country. For those of you who took Donna's first Zentangle class at the Muse and left wanting more; or for those of you who have previous experience in the Zentangle art form... here is a chance to take your Zentangle practice even further! In this fun-filled, advanced and exploratory Zentangle workshop, you will learn more designs and techniques and work with other materials. This class is not to be missed!
Sunday, November 16, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience
Session cost(includes materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 7

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, November 23, 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: 5

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 or holiday greeting cards. If you are "not artistic" this workshop is for you. Some materials provided. A additional materials list will be provided by the teacher.
Sunday, December 7, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 meeting seminar
Instructor: Michal Mahgerefteh
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 of 11

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, October 12, 1-3:30 p.m.
a 1 session seminar
Instructor: Donna Wynn
Open to: writers (and non-writers) of all levels of experience (mature teens, 15 and older accepted)
Session cost(includes materials fee): $50 ($45 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS CLOSED TO REGISTRATION
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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.
Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m. (bi-weekly)
a 6 meeting session beginning October 9
Instructor: Kip Watson
Open to: writers of all levels and experience
Meets: October 9, 23, November 6, 20, December 4, 18
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

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; available through December 18
Instructor: Kip Watson
Open to: writers with a completed screenplay
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
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Comedy Classes:

Standup Comedy 101

In this class, you値l learn the craft of writing standup comedy, performing, and everything you have always wanted to know about Standup Comedy. In the 8-meeting session, you値l hone your comedic writing skills and develop your standup routine. At the end of the course, you値l perform a five minute standup comedy set at a comedy venue in Hampton Roads. Come learn the secrets of being a standup comic from one of the top professionals in the business.
Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
an 8 meeting course beginning October 21
Instructor: Ken Phillips
Open to: persons of all levels of experience
Meets: October 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9
Session cost: $215 ($200 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 3

Standup Comedy Coaching

Polish your existing material and develop your comedic writing and performance skills in a 1-meeting session with Ken Phillips. Open to performing standups who want to refine their routines with professional guidance.
Available Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m.
On: October 21, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25, December 2, 9
Instructor: Ken Phillips
Session cost: $45 ($40 returning students) per 1-meeting session

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.
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Classes for Kids & Teens:

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 October 11
Instructor: Sarah Pringle
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 11, 25, November 8, 22, December 6, 20
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 1

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 October 11
Instructor: Lucian Mattison
Open to: writers ages 12-17 of all levels and experience
Meets: October 11, 25, November 8, 22, December 6, 20
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
Seats Remaining: 2

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 October 5
Instructors: Tracie Liguid & Kindra McDonald
Open to: writers ages 9-11, of all levels of experience
Meets: October 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30, December 14
Session cost: $185 ($170 returning students)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AND CLOSED TO REGISTRATION

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.
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