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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 2023

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, February 7 - May 2 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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The Comic Book & Graphic Novel Workshop 

For comic writers and artists looking to hone their works in progress, this workshop will emphasize critique and accountability. While retaining an element of lecture from How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels, we will delve deeper into each student's comic project of choice, with the goal of polishing and revising our work. 

Wednesdays, February 8 - April 19 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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Science Fiction & Fantasy Workshop 

Do you take your fiction with a side of aliens, superheroes, dragons, or witches? Then this is the workshop for you! Together we will consider those elements of writing which are crucial to crafting compelling speculative stories, such as building our own worlds, extrapolating the fantastic from reality, and creating compelling non-human characters. In addition to discussing classic and contemporary SFF works, you will participate in writing exercises and bring in your own work for critique. All members of the…

Wednesdays, February 8 - April 19 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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The Memoir Workshop

The Memoir Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with memoir writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise compelling and engaging stories spun from their own lives. We will address larger questions of form and substance—determining the scope of your memoir, what story to tell, what to leave out—and will continue discussing craft issues such as: writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. You will have at…

Wednesdays, February 8 - April 19 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

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Nonfiction 2: Diving into Style and Forms

Returning members from Nonfiction 1 and new writers with intermediate nonfiction writing experience will actively write and workshop original works while taking a deeper look at the essential nonfiction essay forms. Modern essays have evolved far past the personal essay. Writers will explore and refine their style while writing a braided essay, collage essay, segmented essay, the profile essay, and more. 

Wednesdays, February 8 - April 19 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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Memoir Exploration 

Is there a moment or series of moments in time that you’d like to bring to life on the page? In this exploratory class, we will tap into our personal histories listening closely to ourselves and asking what stories are ready to be unearthed. We’ll look at the craft of memoir as a whole, and explore selections from phenomenal authors while digging deep into our own repertoire of memories. Brainstorming techniques such as guided imagery, music, and light meditation will…

Thursdays, February 9 - April 27 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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The Fiction Workshop (Thursday Mornings)

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning members and new members with fiction writing workshop experience. Members of the group will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. Each class will include a short craft lecture covering topics such as POV, writing scenes, dialogue, plotting, POV, and more. Students will continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique and master writing active prose. All members of the…

Thursdays, February 9 - April 20 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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The Advanced Poetry Workshop

The Advanced Poetry Workshop is open to students who have completed previous workshop-level classes at The Muse or those who have extensive workshop or graduate-level experience. This class focuses on writing, criticism, and the exploration of contemporary poetic discourse. Students at this level are writing poetry with an increased focus on creating an individual voice and emotional richness. Students will be expected to submit regularly and provide thoughtful feedback to classmates.

Thursdays, February 9 - April 20 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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Start Your Novel Workshop

Writing a novel can be exciting and daunting, and the experience is wildly different from writing a short story. The goal of this workshop is to make the process flow. Together, we’ll discuss some of the common questions and concerns related to starting a new novel, such as word count, maintaining a writing schedule and the benefits (and drawbacks!) of outlines. Then we’ll turn to our own novel projects—and if you don’t have one yet, this workshop is the perfect…

Thursdays, February 9 - April 20 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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Nonfiction 1: The Art of Writing True Stories

The truth doesn’t have to be written like a textbook. The truth can be exciting and gut wrenching and exotic. “True Stories Told Well,” is the definition given by Lee Gutkind, the founder and publisher of Creative Nonfiction Magazine of the 4th genre known in some circles as “Creative Nonfiction.” In this class we will discover that the difference between Nonfiction and “Creative Nonfiction” isn’t the truth; the difference is the flavor in which the story is written. Whether it…

Thursdays, February 9 - April 20 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

6 sessions
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Write Great Sentences

Great sentences are not simply building blocks, they reflect the nature of what they are expressing within a story. Understanding and designing sentences is key to developing your personal style and voice and to becoming the writer you set out to be. Sentences that sing move your readers through the rise and fall of syntax and provide the musicality of the story or poem the sentence reveals. This seminar will help you manipulate subjects and verbs, use the punch of…

February 11 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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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, February 13 - April 24 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

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.