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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 2020

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Monday Mornings

Returning members, new writers from Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, and new members with CNF writing experience will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of writing that polishes the truth. We will learn the power of the first person and the limitations & benefits of writing in the third, practice and refine research and memory habits and techniques, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and…

Mondays, October 5 - December 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

Returning members, new writers from Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, and new members with CNF writing experience will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of writing that polishes the truth. We will learn the power of the first person and the limitations & benefits of writing in the third, practice and refine research and memory habits and techniques, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and…

Tuesdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cynthia Davis

The Advanced Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop

In this advanced workshop, experienced students working on personal essays and memoir chapters will receive guidance, support, and feedback. We'll continue to shape experiences and their meanings on the page; discuss higher-level elements of craft and structures; and create strategies for revision. We’ll also use prompts, exercises, and discussions based on readings by notable authors, to generate new scenes and stories. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.…

Wednesdays, October 7 - December 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Shawn Girvan

Dark Memoir

Writing the Dark Memoir is designed for the student who is struggling to find a safe audience and space to voice and express work that divulges sensitive material. The writers may not feel comfortable sharing mature or explicit material in a traditional classroom environment such as topics ranging from sexual abuse, grief/ death, trauma, drug addiction, incarceration, deep family secrets, guilt or shame. You find a safe haven here to share and critique without judgment. Whether you are working on…

Saturdays, October 10 - December 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

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 12 - December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir: Thursday Mornings

“True Stories Told Well,” is the definition given by Lee Gutkind, the founder and publisher of Creative Nonfiction Magazine of the 4th genre known as Creative Nonfiction. Whether it be a memoir, a personal essay, or a literary journalistic article in The New Yorker, the truth can be told in a compelling way that keeps the reader engaged. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will…

Thursdays, October 22 - December 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir: Thursday Evenings

“True Stories Told Well,” is the definition given by Lee Gutkind, the founder and publisher of Creative Nonfiction Magazine of the 4th genre known as Creative Nonfiction. Whether it be a memoir, the personal essay, or a literary journalistic article in The New Yorker, the truth can be told in a compelling way that keeps the reader engaged. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will…

Thursdays, October 22 - December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Olivia Pelham
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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.