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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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April 2020

A Deep Dive Into Craft: Cheating the MFA (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. This craft class will consist of four seminars structured around four literary novels/novellas read prior to the respective class. We will dissect these novels to learn how the author utilized certain literary tools, and then we’ll apply what…

Tuesdays, March 10 - May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Michelle Ross

Writing Children’s Picture Books (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. Have you always wanted to write a picture book? This class will give you the tools for doing so: creating memorable characters, identifying the central conflict, beginnings and endings, story structure and plotting, writing lyrical language, and other…

Wednesdays, March 11 - May 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sylvia Liu

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Mornings (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience 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.…

Wednesdays, February 12 - April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kelly Sokol

The Romance Workshop (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. The romance genre (for both novels and novellas) is the highest selling genre in publishing today, worth just over a billion dollars annually. And romance readers know why: these stories are entertaining and you may be certain they…

Wednesdays, February 26 - April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Dana Staves

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Thursday 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 goals.

Thursdays, March 5 - April 23 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Thursday Evenings (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. 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…

Thursdays, March 5 - May 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Dana Staves

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience 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.…

Mondays, February 17 - April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have…

Tuesdays, February 18 - May 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the…

Tuesdays, February 18 - May 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lydia Netzer

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Evenings (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience 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.…

Wednesdays, February 19 - May 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lydia Netzer

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the…

Thursdays, March 5 - May 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

The Flash Fiction Short Workshop (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. In a world where attention spans are shrinking, novels are formatted to fit the screens of our handheld devices, and our daily witticisms are limited to 140 characters, it’s no surprise that the Flash Fiction story format has…

Wednesdays, April 29 - May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Abi Putnam
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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.

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