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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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June 2021

Tidewater Youth Services Boys Home

Patrick Dacey!

Mondays, June 7 - June 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

6 sessions

(Our Last) Online Writers Happy Hour

Join us virtually for our monthly happy hour, an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends near and far enjoy conversation, camaraderie, and drinks (alcohol optional). Register for the Zoom link for the Happy Hour. We look forward to seeing your faces!

Wednesdays, March 17 - June 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

4 sessions

Introduction to Songwriting

Songwriting is an ancient form--one of the earliest means of passing on oral history. Over thousands of years, it has evolved into a many faceted art-form, a source of entertainment, catharsis or escapism. In this workshop, we will explore the songwriting process through listening, writing and editing. We will examine songs from a variety of genres and time periods to investigate what it is that makes a song “stick” with us or not. Through both individual and collaborative efforts, we…

Wednesdays, June 16 - July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

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.

Wednesdays, June 16 - August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

The Memoir Workshop: Thursday 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…

Thursdays, June 17 - August 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

2021 Teen Writers Fellowship Class

Summer class for accepted members of the 2021 Teen Writers Fellowship. You must be an accepted fellow in the 2021 class to register for this class. Instructors: Jessica Kelley & Synnika Lofton

Thursdays, June 17 - August 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Remy Smidt
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Fiction 2: Thursday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues where Fiction 1 left off. Returning students and writers new to The Muse (who have fiction writing experience) will be encouraged to produce and submit original work for discussion by the group. Using the students own work and stories published by established writers, the participants will take a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. We will refine the understanding of POV and the limitations & benefits of those choices, learn revision on…

Thursdays, June 17 - August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning members and new members with fiction writing workshop experience. Members of the group will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. We will refine the understanding of POV and the limitations & benefits of those choices, learn revision on the sentence level, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and master writing active prose. All members of the group will have…

Thursdays, June 17 - August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell

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 taught by Jessica Kelley  and Sierra Foltz . Here is a taste…

Saturdays, June 5 - August 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Remy Smidt

Innovation from Imitation: Retrofitting Your Poems

This workshop is based on Theodore Roethke's notion that "Imitation, conscious imitation, is one of the great methods, perhaps THE method of learning to write.” In the workshop we’ll look at various poems that powerfully display specific elements of craft, such as form (ghazal, anyone, or poem with an extended metaphor?), style, theme, and more. The poems you write will be new wineskins from old, so to speak--fresh work to be shared and critiqued that remakes poems from contemporary and…

Saturdays, June 5 - June 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

20/30 Writers Club

The 20/30 Writers Group is a writing group for young adults sponsored by The Muse Writers Center in Ghent, Norfolk. Each monthly meeting has a Question and Answer session with a guest writer who will give writing advice, lessons, and prompts. Join us as we improve our writing skills while building connections with each other! Register to attend the Zoom meeting. Join our Facebook Group for more info and keep up to date. Hosted by Derek Spohn

Saturdays, May 15 - August 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

4 sessions

Revising with Focus: The Thesis of the Novel

Once you've written a draft, it can be difficult to figure out where to go next. A range of people will provide feedback, but who is right? How do you go about discerning what to edit and what to keep the same? To effectively edit, it’s critical to identify a novel’s underlying argument—it’s heart. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the “thesis statement” approach to editing, looking at examples of novels’ “thesis statements,” as well as providing exercises to help you…

June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Meg Eden
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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.