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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 2021

Poetry of Bliss

Cheap thrills, escape, the sense of participating (without really participating); courage: willful financial, psychological or physical self-flagellation embarked upon by those who’ve been sold some hollow version of a quest; confusion, the medicine show, spending more than one can afford on snake oil, or a situation in which your tormentors come with smiles and trays and congratulate you on your good taste as they rip you off. Intoxication, obviously. Hydrocephalac didacticism, the old maladroit chimera coming again into prominence with…

Saturdays, October 16 - November 6 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
Teacher: Tom Yuill

To Joy

In a recent interview, to answer the question “how can we be joyful in a moment like this?” — poet Ross Gay said “It is joy by which the labor that will make the life that I want, possible. It is not at all puzzling to me that joy is possible in the midst of difficulty. …There’s some kind of tenderness that might be possible — not always gonna happen, because I might just get scared and do something else.…

Sundays, October 17 - November 7 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
Teacher: Luisa A. Igloria

November 2021

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. 

Mondays, October 4 - December 13 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

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…

Mondays, November 1 - December 6 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

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. 

Wednesdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Amanda Gomez

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. 

Thursdays, October 7 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Noah Renn

Chiaroscuro: The Poetry of Memory

Our lives and our sense of life are made up of what we remember of lived experience. Though we may not be conscious of the effort, we spend our lives constructing a library of recollections that chronicle what we’ve learned to love, fear, crave, and despise. We imagine the future—for better and for worse—in terms of how we feel about what we remember. In this workshop, we will use memory as fuel for writing. This will allow us to engage…

Saturdays, November 13 - December 11 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

4 sessions
Teacher: Tim Seibles

The Ultra-Talk Poetry Workshop

Often you feel the sensation it’s not only completely natural to write lines in poems as if you’re seated next to a fun passenger through a long Amtrak tunnel ride (like weeks) and these seats are so comfy and roomy the both of you are moving mouths, actually speaking to one another. Most of your tangents aren’t even sliding into politics, and if the conversation tilts a little one-sided, it balances fast, sun is going down, wow it’s really getting…

Sundays, November 14 - December 12 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

4 sessions
Teacher: Jeffrey Hecker

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, October 19 - January 18 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST

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.