Skip to content
Loading Events

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.

Class at The Muse

Search our classes by genre, level, and time of day below.

Upcoming Events

Events Search and Views Navigation

October 2020

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

A Literary Agent Reveals the Biggest Pitfalls Novel Writers Miss in Revision

Are you getting your novel ready for submission? Before starting to build his own list, literary agent Steven Salpeter read manuscripts for agents at three major agencies, and has sent revision notes to over one hundred successful authors. Whether you're writing your debut or your break-out, the mistakes covered in this session could potentially stop your polished manuscript from finding the success it deserves. Don't let this happen to you! Let a literary agent at one of the top literary…

October 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Steven Salpeter

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

Writing Through Trauma and Grief

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. Please note: This…

Mondays, October 12 - December 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

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, October 12 - December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

Introduction to Writing Poetry

Whether you’re brand new to poetry or just need a refresher on the craft of writing poems, this class will focus on the fundamentals of what makes a great poem. With a strong emphasis on how to read a poem as a writer, this class mixes both traditional and formal poetry with modern contemporary examples and covers the basics of form and language. This class will help you build your toolbox of literary devices to begin crafting poems on your…

Mondays, October 26 - November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

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, September 28 - December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

7 sessions

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning members, new members from Introduction to Poetry Writing, 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. Please note:…

Mondays, October 12 - December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday Mornings

We all have stories to tell, whether we’ve never written anything before, or we’re dusting off the old writing muscles and getting back in the game. This class is a foundational course to get started or begin writing fiction again. We will learn and explore all of the essential fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. We will discover and begin to understand how to write an active scene, define a character, and move your story from A to B,…

Tuesdays, October 20 - December 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

Write Anything

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 different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts,…

Tuesdays, October 27 - January 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sarah Pringle

The Flash Fiction Short Workshop

In a world where attention spans are shrinking, novels are formatted to fit the screens of our handheld devices, and our daily witticisms are limited to 140 characters, it’s no surprise that the Flash Fiction story format has taken off. As Dorothy Parker once said, “Brevity is the soul of Flash fiction.” Just kidding, she said, “Brevity is the soul of lingerie.” But the point is, brevity is even more important for a story with a 500-1,000 word limit. Join…

Tuesdays, October 27 - December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Abi Putnam
+ Export Events

Accessibility for Those with Disabilities

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.