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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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August 2020

Keep ‘Em On the Edge of Their Seats: 6 Techniques to Create Suspense in Your Story

Keeping your readers engaged in your play, film, story, or novel is not a technique limited to spy thrillers and who-dun-its. Every story ever told relies on an audience that sustains interest and either keeps viewers in their seats or readers turning pages, whether we are writing a romance, a thriller, or a fantasy. Before we can begin the journey of crafting suspenseful tales, we need to think about Hitchcock’s take on the subject: “There is a great confusion especially…

August 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Jean Klein

Their Ancient Glittering Eyes

Welcoming poets at any level, and writers of any medium, this course focuses on poetry as a healing sorceress. Not a quick-fix diet, nor a quagmire of tedium, the poets and poems we will consider engage forms of wisdom, some of which may be hiding in plain sight. In five sessions we will look at Elizabethan poets; French poets of the late 1800’s, the Modernists, American, British and other; poetry since the 1950’s; and poetry translated from other languages during…

Saturdays, July 25 - August 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

5 sessions
Teacher: Tom Yuill

Storytelling: Social Justice

This session will combine hopes and cultural thoughts to address social justice issues, like suicide, PTSD, poverty, immigration, race reconciliation, etc. Learn the most effective ways to create a story surrounding current issues, and then join a group discussion and brainstorm how we can use new and old stories as vehicles for awareness and change. Quote from previous attendee: "I have a feeling that part of this feeling of power, has to do with a deeper recognition of the purposefulness…

Sundays, August 9 - August 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Sheila Arnold

Getting into the Creative State of FLOW

Learn the brain state of FLOW and how it relates to creativity. In this class you will create a mind map of your optimal creative state and what that looks like in your schedule, habits, and practices. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

August 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Anna Fitzgerald

Visual Journaling Workshop: 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 break from structured writing, and combine words with visual elements. We will paint, draw, write, and collage to explore our stream of consciousness and talk about how this can be incorporated in our own writing practice. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a…

Sundays, August 9 - August 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Christine Rucker

How to Write Creatively about Mental Illness: Pop Culture vs. Science

This seminar is designed for writers who want to improve their understanding of mental illnesses and write creatively about them. The class begins with basic facts about different types of mental health issues, then analyzes story lines and characters in popular books and shows such as: anxiety (Vertigo), depression (The Girl on the Train),  addictions (Mom), autism spectrum (Rain Man), and Alzheimer’s (Still Alice). Using a "Character Development Tool" provided in class, students will write a scene which includes a…

August 16 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Marilyn Barton

Nonfiction in a Flash: Monday Mornings

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 22 - August 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

Ukulele Performance Workshop

This class will build upon the fundamentals of Ukulele playing while growing your confidence and performance skills. We'll mix in some fun new chords and incorporate a variety of strumming and picking patterns, developing our own personal playing styles. This class will culminate in a UKEBOX Open Mic where each student will have a chance to prepare, arrange and perform a song of their choice for a supportive audience of ukulele lovers! Ukulele for Beginners (or a comparable level of…

Mondays, August 10 - August 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

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. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection and a computer…

Mondays, June 22 - August 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Noah Renn

Introduction to Writing Poetry

This class, for anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poems through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection and a computer or device with a webcam…

Mondays, July 20 - August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday Mornings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories--from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another--you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goal…

Tuesdays, July 7 - August 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

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. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device…

Tuesdays, June 16 - September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 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.