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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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March 2020

Metaphysical Secrets

Come and explore methods for opening your mind to unseen levels of your writing--before or after writing it. Meditation, guided imagery, and the pendulum will be introduced and demonstrated. Examples of depth of meaning will include symbolism, color interpretation, and numerology. Body, mind, and spirit interact as physical, mental, and spiritual interpretations of the universal mind. The seminar includes lecture, discussion, and writing prompts.

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Fran Ward

Visual Journaling Workshop: Exploring the Imagination

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this seminar will help writers tap into a different type of creativity. We will take a break from structured writing, and combine words with visual elements. We will paint, draw, write, and collage to explore our stream of consciousness and talk about how this can be incorporated in our own writing practice. Session cost includes $8 materials fee.

Sundays, March 15 - March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Christine Rucker

Comic Book Writing

Comics are a magical blend of writing and illustration. But what makes a comic a comic, and not just a picture book? And how do you make one? In this one-off session, we will go over the mechanics of making a comic, as well scripting and have different prompts for exercises. No “talent” for drawing required; comics are for everyone! Participating Minors: All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (15+ and…

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

Young Writers (ages 9-11) Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we’ll explore creative writing and expression. We’ll 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…

Sundays, March 1 - April 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

Writing Through Trauma and Grief: Sunday Evenings

Sharing our stories of trauma and grief through the cathartic act of writing can bring healing, hope, and acceptance. This 6 week course will explore the five stages of trauma—victim, survivor, thriver, server, empowered server—and give individuals an opportunity to assess where they are in their journey. We will be given ample time to craft and share origin stories of trauma and/or grief and provide encouragement and feedback to one another for personal use or professional publication.

Sundays, March 1 - April 19 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Now Online: The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

Please note: due to the coronavirus pandemic, this class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on accessing the online video conferencing platform. 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…

Mondays, February 17 - April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions

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, February 17 - April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Noah Renn

Poetry of the Sea

Throughout the ages writers have used the sea as metaphor for their thoughts and feelings to great effect. This class will teach you how to enhance the power of your work. It’s been said that local poets learn rhythmic structures by listening to the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Together, we will read and learn from the greats and make their techniques your own.

Tuesdays, March 24 - April 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Robert Arthur

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

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.

Tuesdays, February 18 - April 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Tuesday Mornings

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’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Tuesdays, February 25 - March 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Robbie Ciara

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday Mornings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will learn, through published texts and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the…

Tuesdays, February 25 - April 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Weekly Staff Meeting

Tuesdays, January 7 - May 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

18 sessions
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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.