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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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October 2020

Turbo-Powered Narratives

Whether you write memoir, fiction, creative nonfiction, or narrative poetry, getting the words on the page is only the beginning of the sculpting process. In this class for intermediate writers, we will experiment with a series of tools to turbo-power your work so that it is resonant and unforgettable.  Tools will include: wordplay/diction, emotion and empathy, “killing your darlings,” and the good kind of theft. Each session is generative, where participants will focus on a craft point, exercise it through…

Thursdays, October 1 - November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Desiree Cooper

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir: Thursday Evenings

“True Stories Told Well,” is the definition given by Lee Gutkind, the founder and publisher of Creative Nonfiction Magazine of the 4th genre known as Creative Nonfiction. Whether it be a memoir, the personal essay, or a literary journalistic article in The New Yorker, the truth can be told in a compelling way that keeps the reader engaged. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will…

Thursdays, October 22 - December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Olivia Pelham

Oceans & Climate in Worldbuilding

Whether your characters are exploring deep-sea ruins or chasing sky pirates through the highest clouds, the choices you make with these environments can lend verisimilitude to your fictional worlds. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will examine the pivotal influence of oceans and atmosphere on the living world. We will explore the many layers of the open ocean, from the sunlit surface to the abyssal seafloor, and we will follow the atmosphere from sea level to the thin edge…

October 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: John Aguiar

Surrealist Poetry

Andre Breton's best answer to the question "What is your name?" was "Forty-Five Houses." Now that NASA has discovered a whole universe that consists of little to no dark matter, it's probably time to refocus on embracing commotion and uncertainty, surprise and anticipation. To invite the dead-end, then invent a way out on your own. Perplexity can be a miracle. From French Symbolism to South American leaping poems, we'll span gender, sex, creed, culture, and end up in a better…

Saturdays, October 10 - October 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Jeffrey Hecker

Weaving the World: Roleplaying Games as Spontaneous Story Generators

Roleplaying games are a unique form of collaborative storytelling, as players explore an imagined world through the eyes of their characters. They are also fantastic inspiration generators for writers, weaving dynamic, spontaneous, and deeply immersive stories. In this seminar we will use writing prompts and dice rolls to create some basic elements of an imaginary world together, then create our own characters by choosing a few evocative details. In the second half of the session, we’ll dive into the world…

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Gabriel Robinson

Poetry of Self-Compassion

English poet, David Whyte, describes self-compassion as a form of faith, a way in which to converse with the world, and as poets, we can only best perform this act with innocent eyes. In this class, we will attempt to do just that. We will grant ourselves permission to wonder again, to gaze at the world freshly, to recognize our innate curiosities as our own spiritual journeys and to return to those curiosities with sacred ferocity. And in turn, hopefully,…

Saturdays, October 10 - October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Amanda Gomez

November 2020

Storytelling Next: Taking Your Story Further

This advanced storytelling class is open to anyone who has taken at least Storytelling 1 with Sheila Arnold. This class will have at least one focused topic a week, i.e., tandem storytelling, spoken word, etc., but also each student will be given individual instruction, critique, and/or guidance as they work on stories they would like to present. So come and join Sheila, and let's go to your NEXT! Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must…

Sundays, November 1 - November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Sheila Arnold

Young Writers Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we will engage with creative writing and expression in multiple genres. Each session students will be provided with unique prompts and exercises to explore their creativity, with opportunity to share their work. Every class will be a little different, with rotating teachers giving guidance according to their specialty. We’ll cover such topics as Poetry, to Fiction, to Comics, Music, and more! Come engage with this diverse set of workshops, sure to tickle…

Sundays, October 18 - November 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell
Level:

Visual Journaling: Exploring the Imagination

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this seminar will help writers tap into a different type of creativity. We will take a quick break from structured writing and combine words with visual elements, also looking at other artists' journals. This semester, we will try simple art techniques to explore our stream of consciousness and talk about how this can be incorporated in our writing practice. The 3 techniques will include a demo of soft pastels, making your…

Sundays, October 25 - November 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Christine Rucker

Come Speak Tree, Gull, & Frog: Exploring Ecopoetics

Come speak tree, gull, and frog. Write of tides and seasons, the saved and soon lost, and the necessary beauty that still exists in a much-misused world. Ecopoetics places the human experience alongside the horseshoe crab’s, giving equal weight to each. It refuses to “other” the non-human and demands that a salamander’s right to exist be acknowledged and praised. In this moment of peril, as our natural and social systems careen toward chaos, the ecopoetic perspective provides a path forward…

Sundays, October 25 - November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Wendi White

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Monday Mornings

Returning members, new writers from Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, and new members with CNF writing experience will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of writing that polishes the truth. We will learn the power of the first person and the limitations & benefits of writing in the third, practice and refine research and memory habits and techniques, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and…

Mondays, October 5 - December 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Teen Writers Class: Monday Evenings

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere. *Student's parent or legal guardian must complete Student Release in order to participate in the class.…

Mondays, October 5 - December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell
Level:
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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.