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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 2023

1-Day Creative Writing “Camp” for Adults (Sat. June 3)

Note: Completely different July & August Sessions are also available! Each hour in this fun, day-long, creative writing “camp” for adults, we’ll explore different aspects of writing and the writing life. We'll write together, and we'll enjoy 2 camp-wide/keynote sessions and 12 breakout sessions/workshops led by noted teachers and authors to explore craft, professional development, and writerly fun. The day will conclude with a 5 p.m. Writers Happy Hour, where you can mingle with fellow writers as well as Muse…

Poems Nourishing Bodies Nourishing Poems

Writing poems is a complex, mysterious, and beautiful process that entails deep listening— to the totality of our senses, thoughts, feelings, as well as what we remember. We tend to look at the language of poems as separate from the conditions of its production— when, really, just as our experiences are sieved by the physical body, so must language pass through and be held by it. In this workshop, we will read and write poems that listen deeply to the…

Sundays, June 4 - June 25 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
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The Fiction Studio (Monday Evenings)

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members 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 must receive pre-approval to register from…

Mondays, June 5 - August 28 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

7 sessions

The Advanced Screenwriting Workshop

The Advanced 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. We will watch films and clips, read professional scripts and critique each other’s work in a spirit of encouragement and camaraderie. The Advanced section is by invitation of the Instructor.

Tuesdays, June 6 - August 29 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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The Shadow Self: Exploring Your Character’s Dark Side Through Writing and Art

The Shadow Self is a place within all of us that dwells within the unconscious mind and is composed of repressed ideas, instincts, impulses, weaknesses, desires, and fears.  This part is often described as the darker side of the psyche, representing wildness, chaos, and the unknown. Psychologist Carl Jung believed that this latent energy is present in all of us, in many instances forming a strong source of creative energy. In this course, we will explore our Shadow selves through writing prompts, discussion, and low-skill art…

Thursdays, June 8 - July 20 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
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Advanced Workshop for High School Seniors

Teen Writing Class

In depth workshop for advanced teen writers. Class meets bi-weekly, students submit up to five pages of writing one week before the class and are expected to be prepared to discuss each piece during class. Only open to muse students who have completed the Teen Writers Fellowship and have not yet graduated from high school, or high school seniors with previous workshop experience. If you would like to apply, please contact our Youth Program Manager Jessica Grace Kelley at jessica@the-muse.org.…

Thursdays, June 8 - July 20 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
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Nonfiction in a Flash

In this workshop, creative nonfiction and memoir writers will explore the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will discuss and discover the many craft elements that make flash nonfiction an engaging, experimental and exciting genre! Every session we will generate and critique our small memoir and nonfiction stories and essays and focus on the unique opportunities that flash gives every creative nonfiction writer. Working in a shorter form allows you to take a fresh look…

Mondays, June 12 - August 21 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning members and new members having poetry writing experience. Fresh, intriguing poetry prompts offer group members the opportunity to experiment with various styles, forms, subjects and themes, and in doing so, will clarify their own voices as they actively write and revise original poems. Each workshop will include consideration of an aspect of craft based on assigned readings, as well as close reading of select poems by outstanding poets past and present to open up…

Mondays, June 12 - August 21 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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The Memoir Studio

This advanced workshop is for writers actively drafting or revising a full-length memoir manuscript. Each class will include craft discussions on issues pertinent to each student’s work, such as structure, scene vs exposition, voice, and finding the story beneath the story. We will explore various narrative forms and craft techniques through the analysis of assigned weekly reading, as well as consider the real-world consequences and ethics of writing and publishing true-to-life stories. The majority of each class will be dedicated…

Mondays, June 12 - August 7 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

5 sessions
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Fiction 2: Deeper into Character & Story (Tuesday Mornings)

The fiction writing journey 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 in the workshop format. In addition, participants will take a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing, with a focus on building rounded, dynamic characters and an engaging narrative with a living world/setting. All genres of fiction are accepted and…

Tuesdays, June 13 - August 22 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Screenwriting 1: The Fundamentals of Script & Story

This course is designed as both an introduction for students who are new to screenwriting, and as continuity for those who have already started writing a screenplay and wish to further develop their scripts. No matter your level of experience, everyone will benefit from the groups’ members sharing their experiences they encounter. Class activities will include: discussing and developing story ideas, and sharing comments and suggesting solutions; an introduction to the three-act structure and the critical importance of the first…

Tuesdays, June 13 - August 22 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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The Fiction Studio (Wednesday Mornings)

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members 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 must receive pre-approval to register from…

Wednesdays, June 14 - August 23 @ 9:00 am EDT - 11:30 am EDT

6 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.