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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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August 2020

Introduction to Writing Poetry

This class, for anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poems through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection and a computer or device with a webcam…

Mondays, July 20 - August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

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, August 15 - September 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Jeffrey Hecker

Their Ancient Glittering Eyes

Welcoming poets at any level, and writers of any medium, this course focuses on poetry as a healing sorceress. Not a quick-fix diet, nor a quagmire of tedium, the poets and poems we will consider engage forms of wisdom, some of which may be hiding in plain sight. In five sessions we will look at Elizabethan poets; French poets of the late 1800’s, the Modernists, American, British and other; poetry since the 1950’s; and poetry translated from other languages during…

Saturdays, July 25 - August 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

5 sessions
Teacher: Tom Yuill

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning poets and new members with poetry writing/workshopping experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft. All members of the group 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: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection and a computer…

Mondays, June 22 - August 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Noah Renn

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 may 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, June 16 - September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
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Accessibility for Those with Disabilities

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.