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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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December 2022

Submitting Your Writing to Magazines, Journals, and Publishers

Are you too worried about rejection to submit your work for publication? Maybe you have submitted, but you’re unsure of the process. Or perhaps you'd just like to know how to get started with submissions. No matter the case, this session is for you! We'll explore many reasons why most work is rejected, and how to position yours for the best acceptance chances. From formatting to finding the right publications, from tracking your subs to keeping a positive attitude, we'll…

December 10 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

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Explore Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.

December 10 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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Writing Romance

Romance is one of the most popular—and most lucrative—literary genres, but it’s also one of the most creative! From edgy romantic suspense to sweet second-chance romance there’s something in the romance genre for everyone, even if they don’t realize it yet. This seminar will introduce participants to the basics of the romance genre, with a special focus on the structure of a typical romance novel, including character arcs and, of course, the romance arc—so if you’re a non-romance writer looking…

December 10 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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January 2023

Story v. Art: The Making of a Children’s Picture Book

In this special seminar, author Desiree Cooper and fabrication artist Bec Sloane will discuss the evolution of their children’s book, Nothing Special. A Booklist starred selection, Nothing Special combines a poignant intergenerational buddy story with stunning, 3-D art. The author and illustrator will talk about their collaboration and strategic decisions they made along the way and how answer questions about the author to illustrator relationship. This is a great opportunity for any soon-to-be children's book author and/or illustrator. NOTHING SPECIAL IS ONE OF THE NEW…

January 21, 2023 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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Songwriting: From Bud to Blossom

In this one-meeting seminar we will examine three approaches to lyrical “germination.” Inspired from three separate prompt ideas, we will construct three outlines of song concepts to complete individually. We will incorporate historical, personal and fantasy elements to make each song outline a unique and compelling story. This class is open to all with a songwriting background. (Prerequisite: Songwriting 1 or an equivalent)

January 21, 2023 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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February 2023

The Memoir Studio

The Memoir Studio is for writers actively drafting or revising a full-length memoir manuscript. Each class will include craft discussions on issues pertinent to each student’s work, such as structure, scene vs exposition, voice, and finding the story beneath the story. We will explore various narrative forms and craft techniques through the analysis of assigned weekly reading, as well as consider the real-world consequences and ethics of writing and publishing true-to-life stories. The majority of each class will be dedicated…

Mondays, February 6 - April 17 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

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Nonfiction 2: Finding your Author Persona

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

6 sessions

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, 2023 @ 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

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning members and new members having poetry writing experience. Fresh, intriguing poetry prompts offer group members the opportunity to experiment with various styles, forms, subjects and themes, and in doing so, will clarify their own voices as they actively write and revise original poems. Each workshop will include consideration of an aspect of craft based on assigned readings, as well as close reading of select poems by outstanding poets past and present to open up…

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

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

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The Fiction Studio (Wednesday Mornings)

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…

Wednesdays, February 15 - April 26 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

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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.