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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

Surrealist Poetry

Andre Breton's best answer to the question "What is your name?" was "Forty-Five Houses." Now that NASA has discovered a whole universe that consists of little to no dark matter, it's probably time to refocus on embracing commotion and uncertainty, surprise and anticipation. To invite the dead-end, then invent a way out on your own. Perplexity can be a miracle. From French Symbolism to South American leaping poems, we'll span gender, sex, creed, culture, and end up in a better…

Saturdays, October 10 - October 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Jeffrey Hecker

Poetry of Self-Compassion

English poet, David Whyte, describes self-compassion as a form of faith, a way in which to converse with the world, and as poets, we can only best perform this act with innocent eyes. In this class, we will attempt to do just that. We will grant ourselves permission to wonder again, to gaze at the world freshly, to recognize our innate curiosities as our own spiritual journeys and to return to those curiosities with sacred ferocity. And in turn, hopefully,…

Saturdays, October 10 - October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Amanda Gomez

November 2020

Come Speak Tree, Gull, & Frog: Exploring Ecopoetics

Come speak tree, gull, and frog. Write of tides and seasons, the saved and soon lost, and the necessary beauty that still exists in a much-misused world. Ecopoetics places the human experience alongside the horseshoe crab’s, giving equal weight to each. It refuses to “other” the non-human and demands that a salamander’s right to exist be acknowledged and praised. In this moment of peril, as our natural and social systems careen toward chaos, the ecopoetic perspective provides a path forward…

Sundays, October 25 - November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Wendi White

Introduction to Writing Poetry

Whether you’re brand new to poetry or just need a refresher on the craft of writing poems, this class will focus on the fundamentals of what makes a great poem. With a strong emphasis on how to read a poem as a writer, this class mixes both traditional and formal poetry with modern contemporary examples and covers the basics of form and language. This class will help you build your toolbox of literary devices to begin crafting poems on your…

Mondays, October 26 - November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

The Advanced Poetry Workshop

The Advanced Poetry Workshop is an expansion of the principles and techniques learned in the Poetry Workshop. It is open to students who have completed previous workshop-level classes at The Muse or those who have an extensive workshop or graduate-level experience. This class focuses on writing, criticism, and the exploration of contemporary poetic discourse. Students at this level are writing poetry with an increased focus on creating an individual voice and emotional richness. Students will be expected to submit regularly…

Mondays, October 19 - December 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Noah Renn

Begin, See, See Again

Revision may be the most demanding aspect of being a writer, but it need not be drudgery. In fact, reworking poems should be as focused on discovery and development as it is on cutting and correcting. With a blueprint that I will pass out at the start, each student will take one (or two) of his/her/their original poems through several stages of re-seeing that will promote a more inspired and creative approach to revision. Please note: This class is an…

Saturdays, November 7 - November 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Tim Seibles

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning members, new members from Introduction to Poetry Writing, and new members with poetry writing experience.  Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft and analyzing select poems by our best poets that effectively model those elements. All group members will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals. Please note:…

Mondays, October 12 - December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

Masks

Forms may be understood as masks; personas may be understood as masks; some poets have conceived as poetry as the mask of the gods, others as masks they don to reveal themselves without (they argued) revealing themselves. The politics of masks precedes the current pandemic, and the sub-literate rah-rah which attends so many conversations on so many subjects today, including the subject of masks. That pre-cursive politics has been playing out in American poetry for decades: the poem, one side…

Saturdays, November 14 - December 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

5 sessions
Teacher: Tom Yuill

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work will be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device…

Tuesdays, October 20 - January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions

The Poem is a Book is a Plane Ticket is a Chess Piece is a Lost Earring is the Clapper in a Little Bell is a Room Where You Can Breathe

In this 4-session class, each session we will read and write poems on different (but related) themes: Awareness/Intuition; Strength; Solidarity; Care. Workshop participants will be provided with prompts to inspire both their writing and a second layer of exploration— We will sketch out and exchange creative ideas for adding visual elements to our work. As we are inspired, perhaps we'll try collage; or turn poems into postcards, cutouts, erasures, illustrated letters, accordion books, mini poetry zines, repurposed books, matchbox poems,…

Sundays, November 29 - December 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Luisa A. Igloria

December 2020

Getting Your Chapbook Ready: A How-To Seminar

Are you thinking of putting a chapbook together? If you have a good number of poems—say 20-30—that you’re pleased with, and have some of them published in literary journals, print or digital, this two-session workshop can help you achieve your goal. Or, maybe you’re still working toward the goal of 20+ poems but aren’t there yet. You’ll benefit from this workshop too. Reviewing published chapbooks for insights and ideas, we’ll explore the mechanics of chapbook preparation, a history of the…

Saturdays, December 5 - December 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes
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