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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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June 2022

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, June 6 - August 29 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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The Memoir Workshop: Thursday 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…

Thursdays, June 9 - August 18 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Letters of Loss 

We have all experienced loss in our lives...  loss of a loved one, spouse, pet, job, or our health. We will explore the experience and feelings related to losing something that still tugs at our hearts and psyche. Through letter writing and simple expressive arts activities such as using watercolor, clay, and oil pastels, we will begin and/or continue the healing journey in a supportive environment.  No art skills needed.  (A supply packet will be mailed to you. Please register…

Wednesdays, June 15 - August 31 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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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…

Thursdays, June 16 - August 25 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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The Memoir Workshop: Thursday Evenings 

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…

Thursdays, June 16 - August 25 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Words Bear Witness: Writing About Trauma

As human beings, we’ve all experienced trauma, no matter how big or small. During this immersive writing workshop, we will define trauma and explore its relationship to language and healing. We will discuss issues of safety, memory, and ethics, as well as methods of writing about trauma that don’t re-traumatize the writer or the reader. We will examine how trauma disrupts the language centers of the brain, and how poetic devices grant us access to the sensory images, metaphors, and…

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

6 sessions
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July 2022

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…

Mondays, July 11 - August 15 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Writing About Parents

In writing creative nonfiction, what could have more primacy and urgency than writing about our parents? Whether or not we know our birth parents, were adopted, have a close relationship with one or both parents, or no longer speak to them, and no matter if they are alive or dead, we are all here because we come from some type of parents. Those of us drawn to memoir, in particular, often emerge from complicated family dynamics and are eager to…

July 24 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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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.