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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 2022

Songwriting 1: The Lyrical Craft

Songwriting is an ancient form--one of the earliest means of passing on oral history. Over thousands of years, it has evolved into a many faceted art-form, a source of entertainment, catharsis or escapism. In this workshop, we will explore the songwriting process through listening, writing and editing. We will examine songs from a variety of genres and time periods to investigate what it is that makes a song “stick” with us or not. Through both individual and collaborative efforts, we…

Mondays, October 17 - November 14 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

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November 2022

Beginners Guide to Songwriting for Teens

Join local songwriter Skye Zentz, as she introduces songwriting in a fun and enriching afternoon at The Muse Writers Center. You’ll gain the basics of lyrical composition, and we’ll explore various genres and song styles both individually and in collaboration with other students. The course is open to all teen music enthusiasts with or without any experience playing a musical instrument. Please Note: All students under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or legal guardian in…

November 12 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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Songwriting 2: Into the Groove

When a song lyric hits you, it can take you back in time. In that mystical blend of melody and carefully crafted imagery, we can, for a time, be transported somewhere else. In Songwriting 2, we’ll bridge the gap between the tune and the lilt of the line, while finding our own, unique narrative voices. We will write 4 original songs during the class and workshop them during weeks 3-6. Students will be invited to perform their work at a…

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

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December 2022

Songs of the Season: A Winter Songwriting Exploration

Cozy up to the warm glow of your laptop for a chilly stroll through the wonderful world of holiday songwriting. In this secular class, we'll take a look at the lyrical and musical components that tend to give those beloved wintry classics that classic wintry feel. Whether you want to write about a specific holiday tradition in your family or the overall scarf draped, red cheeked joys of a snowy December morning, you'll get all the inspiration you need to…

December 4 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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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.