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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

Finders Keepers: The Art of Found Poetry

Does Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky fascinate you with its nonsense language? Do you find yourself repeating words and phrases you’ve heard throughout your day, just for the musical sound of it? Have you ever whiled away the afternoon picking interesting words out of the classifieds? You, my friend, are reveling in the joys of found poetry. We will explore the art and origins of found poetry from the Dada movement and Oulipan’s, to collage poetry and abecedarian forms. We will find out…

Sundays, July 11 - August 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

The Advanced Poetry Workshop

The Advanced Poetry Workshop is open to students who have completed previous workshop-level classes at The Muse or those who have 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 and provide thoughtful feedback to classmates. 

Mondays, June 14 - August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Noah Renn

Poetry 2

Returning students and new members with poetry writing experience 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.

Mondays, June 28 - August 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning members 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.

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

Poetry 1

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…

Wednesdays, July 14 - August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

Bacchanals and Mourning: Writing Poetry After a Plague 

Mardi Gras, Carnival and other fiestas and bacchanal sessions have been, for centuries, the promise implicit in any lousy period: get through it, and there will be a great party waiting on the other side. They developed as loosenings up after the clamp downs societies endured to survive a plague, a Depression, a devastating period of war. And sometimes it works: the plague demands, among other things, that everyone endure the psychological burden of designation, everyone gets branded: sick or well. To…

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

4 sessions
Teacher: Tom Yuill

August 2021

Personas are Us: Who Do You Think You’re Talking To?

An important part of growing up was learning to “behave yourself,” which often meant speaking softly or listening rather than speaking. I imagine, like me, many of you had a parent who said watch your tone when you speak to me or watch how you talk to your teacher. To stay out of trouble, we learned to speak one way to our friends, another way to our elders, another way to religious leaders, and yet another way to those we…

Saturdays, August 14 - September 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Tim Seibles

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.

Tuesdays, June 15 - September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
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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.