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Creative Writing Classes & Seminars

Looking for a place to express your inner writer? In each of our three yearly sessions (winter/spring, summer, and fall), we offer creative writing classes on weekday evenings, weekday mornings, and the daytime on weekends. 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.

We offer classes for adults as well as pre-teen and teen writers. Genres and topics offered include a variety of creative writing classes in poetry, fiction, flash fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, storytelling, comic books and graphic novels, songwriting, food writing, science fiction, fantasy, children’s book writing, journaling, and multi-genre writing, as well as seminars in writers craft, research, and professional development.

Class size is usually capped at 8 or 9 students—classes with different maximum sizes are indicated in the class listing. We teach short seminars that meet once all the way to longer workshops that meet up to eight times.

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November 2022

NaNoWriMo 2022 Final Push Pajama Party

This is it, the final push! As NaNoWriMo 2022 comes to a close, join us in person or on Zoom to finish up that 50k. We will be open right until the final second of November, so put on your favorite PJs, grab your trusty writing utensils of choice, and burn the midnight oil with The Muse! Register to join us on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuc-Gupz4tHdfkRVPyVzfu2YH1e37kO4Ic After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.   ​​Other…

November 30 @ 7:00 pm EST - 12:30 am EST

December 2022

Writers Coffee Break

Join us for our monthly 1st Friday Writers Coffee Breaks at Cafe Stella in Ghent. At these informal get-togethers, area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation and camaraderie over a (perhaps much needed) coffee break. Each month will be hosted by different Muse teachers, who will be available to answer questions from current and prospective students about their classes, The Muse, and writing in general in addition to just hanging out over a cup of coffee or…

December 2 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:00 pm EST

Writing a Sense of Place & Setting

This seminar is designed for writers who wish to develop the sense of place in their fiction. Through an engaging process of providing examples, sharing ideas, and writing prompts, writers will further develop the sense of place in their stories by exploring their characters and their view of the world. We will study such writers as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Louise Erdrich, Larry McMurtry, and James Baldwin. Students will write or revise a scene, discovering how to build worlds through imagery,…

December 3 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

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The Path to Publication: An Agent’s Point of View

So you've written your book, now what? Join us for a class on how to craft a grabbing elevator pitch, where to find an agent, what to do and say on an agent call, what you can expect from your representative, and everything that follows writing a book with literary agent Jessica Errera.

December 3 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

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The Power of Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding, the process of constructing a fictional setting to place a story's plot and characters within, is a fundamental and defining cornerstone to the fantasy and science fiction genres. But where should one begin when creating a new world? How does one create worlds that feel rich and tangible without bogging readers down in so much information that the story itself loses its pace and intrigue? How can writers use a story's world to strengthen its very structure? These are…

December 3 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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The Deep History of English

What languages existed in ancient Europe before the advent of the modern Indo-European family? How far back can we trace these languages, and how are they woven into the tapestry of the English we use today? In this two-part Writers Knowledge seminar, we will begin with the ancient Paleo-European languages, including two cultures which have survived into historical times—the Basques and the Etruscans—and see how words from these languages have entered modern English. From there we will survey the development…

Sundays, December 4 - December 11 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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Parachuting Into a Brush Fire: A Workshop On Writing a Brevity Essay

Twenty-five years ago, the affable and well-named Dinty Moore created an online magazine he named Brevity. At the time, brief pieces of nonfiction—flash memoirs—were something new. How much fire could one create in 750 words or less? Early on, Moore was asked to define a Brevity essay. “My only original dictum was ‘scene and story over explanation’,” he wrote. As time went on, and after receiving hundreds (now thousands) of submissions, he realized that a Brevity essay could take many…

Sundays, December 4 - December 11 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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Pamela Brothers Denyes Book Launch and Q&A

Join The Muse Writers Center for a triple-threat book launch, with a reading by Pamela Brothers Denyes from her three latest poetry collections: The Right Mistakes, The Widow's Lovers, and As I Lay Dreaming. After the reading, there will be a Q&A and book signing. This event will be held in person at The Muse. See the Muse's current Covid-19 policies. About the Author:  Pamela’s poems are published in various Virginia journals, Wingless Dreamer, Vallum, Barstow & Grand V, MindFull…

December 4 @ 4:00 pm EST - 5:00 pm EST

Sensitivity Reading Q&A with Nathaniel Glanzman

Sensitivity reading is a little known essential for publishing stories with marginalized characters. In this Live Q&A with a professional in the field, we will explore what sensitivity reading is, why traditional publishers value it, why it differs from censorship and why accuracy matters when writing about all groups of people. Debates welcome! Join us on Zoom for this free virtual Q&A! Register in advance here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tNufJ0FpT3aEKp1O7dE_3w   Nathaniel Glanzman is a teacher at The Muse and freelance sensitivity reader…

December 7 @ 7:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST

Muse Holiday Party with the Ghent Market Shoppes

Join us for our first in-person holiday party since before the pandemic! Come to The Muse from 5-9pm for refreshments, live music, a raffle, and more, and be sure to check out the rest of the block for Happy Hour specials and discounts on services and products! Happy hour at Plaza del Sol 10% discount on services at the Foot Treatment Spa Telescope viewings with the Back Bay Astronomers (weather-dependent) Pizza from Ynot Pizza and more! The party will continue…

December 9 @ 5:00 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST

Submitting Your Writing to Magazines, Journals, and Publishers

Are you too worried about rejection to submit your work for publication? Maybe you have submitted, but you’re unsure of the process. Or perhaps you'd just like to know how to get started with submissions. No matter the case, this session is for you! We'll explore many reasons why most work is rejected, and how to position yours for the best acceptance chances. From formatting to finding the right publications, from tracking your subs to keeping a positive attitude, we'll…

December 10 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

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Explore 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.

December 10 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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The Muse Writers Center strives to be a fully accessible facility. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns or would like to request an accommodation.