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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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January 2021

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. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device…

Tuesdays, October 20 - January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions

Muse Student Reading

Join The Muse Writers Center this January for two inspiring and entertaining virtual readings by our talented student and professional writers, featuring poetry, fiction, memoir, and nonfiction written in our Fall 2020 creative writing classes. Both virtual readings are free and will be live-streamed here and on YouTube, so grab your favorite cozy beverage and get ready to enjoy some incredible writing! If you'd like to donate to support The Muse, click here.  

Wednesdays, January 20 - January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

2 sessions

Why Scrum; How to Double Your Nonprofit’s Impact in Half the Time – A training and coaching service provided by Agile in Nonprofits

Training seminar Susan and Shawn will attend. https://demo.nonprofitlibrary.com/scrumfornonprofits?utm_campaign=Free-Webinar_Agile-in-Nonrprofits&utm_medium=email&utm_source=constantcontact  

January 21 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bill Glose Book Launch and Reading

Join us as we celebrate the release of Bill Glose's poetry collection, Postscript to War. Bill Glose is a former paratrooper and combat veteran. The author of five books of poetry, his stories, poems, and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including The Missouri Review, The Sun, Narrative Magazine, and The Writer. In 2011, he was named the Daily Press Poet Laureate and in 2017 he was featured by NPR on The Writer's Almanac. Other honors include the F. Scott…

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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 - 4:00 pm

19 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 22 - April 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

9 sessions
Teacher: Alison Schoew

Muse Teacher Meeting

Hello, wonderful teachers. We will have a teacher meeting via zoom on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 7 pm. If you are teaching this upcoming session, please do your best to attend. The Muse is going through so many exciting changes and we have quite a few things to discuss with you. (Including a new logo!). It will be recorded. Zoom info below: Topic: Muse Teacher Meeting Time: Jan 26, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting…

January 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

February 2021

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members, writers from the Advanced Fiction Workshop, and new members with professional fiction workshop experience. We 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. New members…

Mondays, February 1 - April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

7 sessions

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…

February 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Jean Klein

Teen Writers Class: Saturday Mornings

In this workshop, you can explore fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more. Each meeting, teachers will lead different breakout groups, focused on different genres, with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. Plus, we’ll have a visit or two from our comic book writing teacher to work with visual stories. Come hone…

Saturdays, February 6 - April 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Remy Smidt
Level:

Opening the Veins and Living to Write About It

Description coming soon.  Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.    

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Desiree Cooper

Start Songwriting Saturday

Songwriting is for everyone! It is not an elite art form, reserved solely for professional musicians, it happens to be one of the most ancient forms of oral tradition and an intensely accessible social and creative outlet. In this 2-1/2 hour workshop led by local singer-songwriter Skye Zentz, we will dive straight into the world of lyric-craft, pairing old forms with our own original words, discussing the building blocks of clear language, imagery and symbolism. We will write, edit and…

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Skye Zentz
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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.