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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

Write Anything

This general creative writing class is an invitation to hone your unique writing voice in a creative and open atmosphere. You will have the unique opportunity to explore what you enjoy, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. This multi-genre workshop is an excellent first writing class as well as a place for seasoned writers to explore different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts,…

Tuesdays, October 27 - January 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sarah Pringle

Weaving the World: Roleplaying Games as Spontaneous Story Generators

Roleplaying games are a unique form of collaborative storytelling, as players explore an imagined world through the eyes of their characters. They are also fantastic inspiration generators for writers, weaving dynamic, spontaneous, and deeply immersive stories. In this seminar we will use writing prompts and dice rolls to create some basic elements of an imaginary world together, then create our own characters by choosing a few evocative details. In the second half of the session, we’ll dive into the world…

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Gabriel Robinson

November 2020

Visual Journaling: Exploring the Imagination

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this seminar will help writers tap into a different type of creativity. We will take a quick break from structured writing and combine words with visual elements, also looking at other artists' journals. This semester, we will try simple art techniques to explore our stream of consciousness and talk about how this can be incorporated in our writing practice. The 3 techniques will include a demo of soft pastels, making your…

Sundays, October 25 - November 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Christine Rucker

Writing Through Trauma and Grief

Sharing our stories of trauma and grief through the cathartic act of writing can bring healing, hope, and acceptance. This 6 week course will explore the five stages of trauma—victim, survivor, thriver, server, empowered server—and give individuals an opportunity to assess where they are in their journey. We will be given ample time to craft and share origin stories of trauma and/or grief and provide encouragement and feedback to one another for personal use or professional publication. Please note: This…

Mondays, October 12 - December 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Visual Journaling Advanced Workshop

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” --Leo Burnett. In this workshop, we will continue the curiosities from the introductory course. We will explore advanced techniques with the basic art supplies in your visual journaling art desk. The 3 techniques include suminagashi with colored ink, homemade paints with kitchen herbs and introduction to inking. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable…

Sundays, November 15 - December 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Christine Rucker

Organizing & Schedule Management for Creative People

Getting organized and managing your schedule as a creative person requires us to think in nontraditional ways. There’s no one person exactly like you, so why should your organizational methods be a cookie-cutter solution? In this class you will learn how to assess your current schedule in a new framework of energy management. We will analyze your: optimal times of day, time-blocking, mental triggers to behavior patterns that have prevented you from staying organized in the past. Each student will…

November 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Anna Fitzgerald

December 2020

Your Writer’s Life: On Not Losing Your Soul to Publishing

In this class we will explore ways to manifest a writer’s life that feels authentic and positive to you. How can you make time and space to write and feel good about your writing practice? How can you find your place in a writers’ community that is nurturing to you and your work? We will also talk about what a publishing journey could look like for you, with details about the pre- and post-publishing life meant to leave you excited…

December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Diane Zinna
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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.