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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 2021

Memoir 1: Tuesday Evenings

During our six weeks together, we'll explore how our memories can live on the page as stories of transformation. Through exercises, studies in craft, and close study of short selections from six very different memoirs, you will learn the tools to shape your story and move your readers. We'll discuss motivation, description, point of view, dialogue, and story energy. We'll look at ways to begin complex stories and ways to provide meaningful endings--even for those stories you may still be…

Tuesdays, July 6 - August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Zinna

The Memoir Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

This 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.…

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Cynthia Davis

Memoir 1: Wednesday Mornings

The journey of memoir is mapped out by the events along life’s way that transform the primary character—you. Memoir begins with memories and then formulates those memories into a story of transformation. This course teaches the tools needed to craft memories and events into truth filled stories that resonate with the lives of your readers. Through exercises, studies in craft, and utilizing successful memoirs as models, you will obtain the knowledge and confidence to shape your story. We will aspire…

Wednesdays, June 30 - August 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

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 17 - August 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

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, July 1 - August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Shawn Girvan

August 2021

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 7 - August 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

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.…

Thursdays, June 10 - August 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper
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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.