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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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September 2021

Author Advice Club

Join Slover Library and The Muse Writers Center the third Tuesday of each month for a Q&A with a published author! In this special writing group, meet a different author each month for a chance to learn more about what it’s like to be a professional writer. Each month will feature a different published author discussing a specific aspect of publishing. This is a wonderful opportunity to chat with a professional writer in a small group setting and ask all…

Tuesdays, July 20 - September 21 @ 5:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT

3 sessions

Marisa Silver Book Launch and Q&A

Join The Muse Writers Center for a reading by Marisa Silver from her latest book, The Mysteries, followed by a Q&A. This event will be held over Zoom; register to attend the live Zoom webinar. There will also be a recording available on the Muse YouTube channel after the event.   Marisa Silver is the author of The Mysteries (2021), Little Nothing (2016), a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and winner of the 2017 Ohioana Book Award for Fiction, Mary…

September 21 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

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 will be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.

Tuesdays, June 15 - September 21 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

4 sessions

September Student Reading

Join The Muse Writers Center as we celebrate the work of our Summer 2021 students as they share their writing from the past session! This event will be held via Zoom webinar. Register to WATCH the reading live Register to PARTICIPATE as a reader (only open to students who have taken a Muse class, workshop, or seminar during the summer 2021 session)    

September 22 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Hampton Roads Meeting

NOW ONLINE! We're speculative fiction writers (science fiction, fantasy and more). We share our experiences and adventures in reading, writing, craft development and publishing with each other, and become better writers through it all. To become a member of this Group visit our Facebook group to find out more and join.

Saturdays, May 23 - November 27 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

16 sessions

Write Now! with The Muse Writers Center

Find The Muse and WRITE NOW! Do you wonder if you can write? Have you always wanted to write a story? Are you looking for a little inspiration? Do you need a little creative motivation? Well, we believe that everyone has a story and everyone can write it. You just need some inspiration and motivation! Come on down, join us and Write Now! A talented Muse teacher will lead you through an easy, fun, and creative workshop full of writing…

Tuesdays, September 28 - November 23 @ 5:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT

3 sessions

October 2021

Teen Writing Level 1: Creative Writing

This class will explore the fundamentals of craft and will ground the student in the language and techniques necessary to take their writing to the next level. The class will be a mix of readings, in-class exercises, and prompts. The class culminates in a reading which friends and family are invited to attend. Students must take this class before enrolling in Writing Level 2: Intermediate Workshop.  This class is taught by Jessica Kelley and Jeffrey Hecker. Please Note: All students…

Saturdays, October 2 - December 11 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

5 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley

Teen Writers Club

A bi-weekly, virtual social club for teens to chat about writing and write together! Hosted by The Muse Writers Center. Register to join!

Sundays, September 19 - December 5 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

6 sessions

Writing about Sexuality in Memoir

No exploration about relationships would be complete without an honest inquiry into our attitudes and beliefs about sex and sexuality, as well as how we express that aspect of our beings in our romantic relationships.  Everyone has had a sexual experience whether pleasant or damaging that could be included in their memoir. That’s part of being human. Yet it remains a relatively taboo, “delicate” topic to write about.  Sex is a real and important part of all of our lives.…

Sundays, October 3 - December 6 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

The Memoir Workshop: Monday Mornings

Workshop is for writers who want to think seriously about book-length memoir or collections in the context of narrative voice, structure and improving their craft. We’ll work with prompts, exercises, and consider strategies for revision to help you see your memoir in a new light. Each week we'll look at exemplary readings and tackle issues such as characterization, description, scene vs. narrative summary, time and pacing, arc, and real-world consequences and ethical considerations when writing and publishing true-to-life stories. You…

Mondays, October 4 - December 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning members and new members with poetry writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft and analyzing select poems by our best poets that effectively model those elements. All group members 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, October 4 - December 13 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

“Writers in Action” Teen Workshop

This is a collaborative class which prioritizes in-class exercises. Whether you are brand new to writing or working on a long-term project, this class will provide the space for students to hone their skills and share work in an energized, supportive environment, where the focus is not on producing a polished finished product but rather fostering creativity, sparking new ideas, and simply getting words down on the page. This class is ideal for both less-experienced writers and those teens who…

Mondays, October 4 - December 13 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Susan Deutsch
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Accessibility for Those with Disabilities

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.