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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

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

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

Creative Nonfiction 2

Returning students from Creative Nonfiction 1 and new writers with intermediate 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 master the writing of…

Wednesdays, October 13 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Lizz Schumer

Words Bear Witness: Writing About Trauma

We are walking wounds, but I am not sure any of us know quite how to talk about it. --Roxane Gay As human beings, we’ve all experienced trauma—simply defined as the significant events that have shaped our lives and identities, no matter how big or small. During this immersive writing workshop, we will explore the complex relationship between trauma, language, and healing. We will focus on how to write about the significant events of our lives, moments which often leave…

Thursdays, October 21 - December 16 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Libby Kurz

Creative Nonfiction 1

“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 learn, through published texts…

Thursdays, October 21 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Shawn Girvan

Writing about Sexuality in Memoir

No exploration about relationships would be complete without an honest inquiry into our attitudes and beliefs about sex and sexuality, as well as how we express that aspect of our beings in our romantic relationships.  Everyone has had a sexual experience whether pleasant or damaging that could be included in their memoir. That’s part of being human. Yet it remains a relatively taboo, “delicate” topic to write about.  Sex is a real and important part of all of our lives.…

Sundays, October 3 - December 12 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

November 2021

The Memoir Workshop: Monday Mornings

Workshop is for writers who want to think seriously about book-length memoir or collections in the context of narrative voice, structure and improving their craft. We’ll work with prompts, exercises, and consider strategies for revision to help you see your memoir in a new light. Each week we'll look at exemplary readings and tackle issues such as characterization, description, scene vs. narrative summary, time and pacing, arc, and real-world consequences and ethical considerations when writing and publishing true-to-life stories. You…

Mondays, October 4 - December 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

The Memoir Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

Workshop is for writers who want to think seriously about their book-length memoir or essays in the context of narrative voice, structure and improving their craft. We’ll use exercises, discussion, readings, and peer review to give you strategies for revision or help you see your memoir in a new light. Each week we will workshop pieces from class members and discuss characterization, description, scene vs. narrative summary, time and pacing, arc, and real-world consequences and ethical considerations when writing and…

Tuesdays, October 5 - December 14 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Cynthia Davis

December 2021

Writing About Family

Family. What word could be more evocative when thinking about writing memoir? And what better timing for a class like this than sandwiched between so many holidays when our interactions with family are often more intensely fraught? Our sense of family is inextricably linked to our sense of home, both of which are foundational to memoir. Family is experienced and internalized in deeply personal and intimate ways yet institutionalized within our culture. While we may experience our own families in…

December 11 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

Teacher: Deborah J. Cohan
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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.