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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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October 2021

Poetry of Bliss

Cheap thrills, escape, the sense of participating (without really participating); courage: willful financial, psychological or physical self-flagellation embarked upon by those who’ve been sold some hollow version of a quest; confusion, the medicine show, spending more than one can afford on snake oil, or a situation in which your tormentors come with smiles and trays and congratulate you on your good taste as they rip you off. Intoxication, obviously. Hydrocephalac didacticism, the old maladroit chimera coming again into prominence with…

Saturdays, October 16 - November 6 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
Teacher: Tom Yuill

How to write a play: The basics of dramatic storytelling and more

The Muse and Norfolk Little Theatre are partnering to present a 4-week introductory course on the art of playwriting.  The course will focus on understanding basic dramatic structure: how do you keep a plot moving? What are the three things you should never have a character say? How do you show, not tell? How do you write “off-the-nose” and what does that mean anyway? How do you tell a story when all you have is dialogue?  These elements are, in fact,…

Sundays, October 10 - November 21 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
Teacher: Jean Klein

To Joy

In a recent interview, to answer the question “how can we be joyful in a moment like this?” — poet Ross Gay said “It is joy by which the labor that will make the life that I want, possible. It is not at all puzzling to me that joy is possible in the midst of difficulty. …There’s some kind of tenderness that might be possible — not always gonna happen, because I might just get scared and do something else.…

Sundays, October 17 - November 7 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
Teacher: Luisa A. Igloria

The Memoir Inventory

The Memoir Inventory is a class in perception, a way to distinguish between what works in our lives and what is no longer useful or necessary. Being aware of what we did yesterday can help us understand and accept who we are today, so that tomorrow we can become the people we want to be. We may have lost sight of our personal goals, neglected our potential, and become too concerned with our past failures to be able to fully see…

Mondays, October 11 - December 20 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Fiction 1

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,…

Mondays, October 25 - December 13 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Abi Putnam

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 11 - December 20 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

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, October 4 - December 20 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions

The Fiction Studio: Tuesday 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…

Tuesdays, October 19 - December 14 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

8 sessions

The Art of Spoken Word & Slam Poetry

Learn the art of spoken word poetry and become a better writer, reader, speaker. Explore the history of poetry’s oral tradition including the cultural influences of the African Griot, the Irish Limerick, the Japanese Haiku, Gospel Preaching and American RAP. Through discussion and practical exercise, students will also learn proven techniques in composition, memorization, and the performance of both individual and group poems for competitive Slam poetry. Please Note: All students under the age of 18 must have permission from…

Tuesdays, October 26 - December 7 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

4 sessions
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The Screenwriting Workshop

This 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. You will have at least three opportunities to turn in pages of a screenplay for group review, workshop, and discussion—all in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. This class is open to continuing members as well as students who have either taken the Introduction to Screenwriting class, completed an early…

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

Fiction 2

The fiction writing journey continues where Fiction 1 left off. Returning students and writers new to The Muse (who have fiction writing experience) will be encouraged to produce and submit original work for discussion by the group. Using the students own work and stories published by established writers, the participants will take a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. We will refine the understanding of POV and the limitations & benefits of those choices, learn revision on the sentence…

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

6 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 26 - December 7 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Sarah Pringle
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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.