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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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February 2020

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

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 workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.  

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

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

Weekly Staff Meeting

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

18 sessions

Write Anything: Six Tuesday Evenings

This general creative writing class is an invitation to hone your unique writing voice in a creative and open atmosphere. You will have the unique opportunity to explore what you enjoy, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. This multi genre workshop is an excellent first writing class as well as a place for seasoned writers to explore a different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative…

Tuesdays, February 11 - March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sarah Pringle

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

The 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 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lydia Netzer

The Advanced Screenwriting Workshop

This workshop will focus on the all-important revision process in screenwriting, with members sharing the successes and difficulties encountered in the scripting process for feature-length, short, or TV scripts. You will have at least three opportunities to turn in pages of a screenplay for group review, workshop, and discussion—all in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. This class is open to continuing members as well as advanced screenwriting students.  

Tuesdays, February 4 - May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

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

Tuesdays, February 18 - May 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions

Ghent Business Association Networking “Schmooze”

Join the Ghent Business Association and members of the business community for a networking event at our Ghent Businesses. Learn more about our host business and meet and schmooze with others at this informal networking event. All are welcome.

February 19 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Writing Through Trauma and Grief: Wednesday Mornings

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.

Wednesdays, February 19 - April 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Writers Happy Hour

Every week, we’ll be visiting a different bar in Norfolk’s Ghent! Join us every Wednesday from 5:15-7 p.m. at a different location in Norfolk’s Ghent for an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation, camaraderie, and drinks. Come and join us! Feel free to let us know you’re coming on Facebook.

February 19 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

The Romance Workshop

The romance genre (for both novels and novellas) is the highest selling genre in publishing today, worth just over a billion dollars annually. And romance readers know why: these stories are entertaining and you may be certain they will have a happy ending. In this workshop, we'll work on our own romance stories. This class is for new or seasoned writers interested in characters falling in love, overcoming obstacles, and getting their happily ever after. We'll focus our attention on…

Wednesdays, February 19 - April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Dana Staves
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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.

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