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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 2022

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 will be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.

Tuesdays, June 28 - September 20 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

4 sessions

Fiction 1: Wednesday Evenings 

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,…

Wednesdays, June 29 - August 17 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
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Songwriting 1 

Songwriting is an ancient form--one of the earliest means of passing on oral history. Over thousands of years, it has evolved into a many faceted art-form, a source of entertainment, catharsis or escapism. In this workshop, we will explore the songwriting process through listening, writing and editing. We will examine songs from a variety of genres and time periods to investigate what it is that makes a song “stick” with us or not. Through both individual and collaborative efforts, we…

Wednesdays, June 29 - July 20 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
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Fiction 1: Thursday 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,…

Thursdays, June 30 - August 18 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
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Introduction to Screenwriting 

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…

Thursdays, June 30 - August 18 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
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July 2022

Writing for Blogs

Thinking of starting a blog? It’s a great way to get your writing out into the world and build an audience. In this class we will explore how to start a blog and examine ways to keep a blog fresh and successful. Learn best practices for writing headlines, finding topics, crafting strong blog posts, promoting your blog and more.

Saturdays, July 9 - July 16 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

2 sessions
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Exploring Novel Plotting Methods: How to Easily Create a Story Blueprint

Are you starting a novel? Perhaps you're trying to bulldoze through one, without solid ideas of why and how the story unfolds. Or maybe you've already written a draft, but you're beset with problems trying to bring it all together. Many suffer under the false belief that something as complicated as a novel can be created without solid planning. But you can't build a house by winging it, slapping down boards wherever you like. You can't build the roof first,…

July 9 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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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. 

July 9 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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Celebrating the Literary Witch in You 

A literary generative writing class for all writers of all levels (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, flash-fiction), we’ll read about/discuss three writers featured in Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers by Taisia Kitaiskaia, illustrated by Katy Horan. We’ll discuss their lives and craft and write in response (genre of choice) to prompts and images from the text. This seminar is part literature and part generative. It’s for anyone who believes writing and crafting a world is magical.  “Why would we…

July 9 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

Teen Writing Level 2

Teen Writing Class

Teen Writing Level 2 encourages students to expand their creative writing by challenging them to elevate their creative voices with new writing techniques.  During class, students learn in-depth literary craft techniques through lessons, exercises, and prompts. Popular topics include villain archetypes, magic system basics, how to write a fight scene, and more! At the end of class, students explore these new techniques by writing and sharing their work.  This class is open to teens ages 12-17 who have completed the…

Saturdays, July 9 - August 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions

Teen Writing Level 1

Teen Writing Class

Teen Writing Level 1 explores the fundamentals of writing and encourages each student to find their individual writing voice. During this class, students will explore their creative expression through unique prompts, exercises, in-class writing, and opportunities to share and discuss their work. The final class culminates in a live reading which friends and family are invited to attend. Please Note: Students must take this class and have teacher approval before enrolling in Teen Writing Level 2. All students under the…

Saturdays, July 9 - August 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Stopping Writer’s Block

Every writer and aspiring writer’s biggest, baldest, meanest fear--the blank page. Writer’s block has plagued many a penman. But it is a bully easily beaten back with the right know-how. In this course, participants will gain a better understanding of why blocks occur and how to overcome them (or drill right through them!).

July 9 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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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.