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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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July 2020

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of…

Tuesdays, June 23 - September 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cynthia Davis

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Wednesday Mornings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. 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 and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the…

Wednesdays, July 8 - August 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Outlining Workshop for Writing Sanity

It is not uncommon for fear and trembling to set in when a writer tries to weave together their story. Some sit down and start cold turkey..."He was a dark and stormy knight..." They freeze up. Stop and try to attempt a different scene in another chapter, "She was a little dark storm cloud.." Loop back around. Kill Aunt Esmeralda in chapter 22. Add a rescue Ponski with supernatural powers in chapter 14. Freeze up. Soon the writer inevitably starts…

Thursdays, July 9 - September 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Thursday Evenings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. 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 and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the…

Thursdays, July 9 - August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Olivia Pelham

Nonfiction in a Flash: Monday Evenings

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, June 15 - August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of…

Wednesdays, July 1 - September 9 @ 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…

Thursdays, July 2 - September 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Nonfiction in a Flash: Monday Mornings

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, June 22 - August 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

Inside Scoop: How to Submit Essays to Magazines, Newspapers, and Literary Journals

Personal essays are perhaps the genre that has the largest array of publication possibilities—literary journals, newspapers, magazines, alumni publications, and more all publish this form. That's the good news! The challenge: finding the right publications for your story, along with submission guidelines, pay rates, and style preferences. In this seminar, you’ll learn where to find writer’s guidelines for popular newspaper and magazine essay columns (many with tips from the editor), how to create a submission plan to increase your success,…

July 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Teacher: Christine Koubek
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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.