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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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November 2021

Five Amazing Ways to Improve Your Writing

Most writers, both new and experienced, have heard advice such as: “Write in the active voice; show don’t tell; don’t filter experiences; don’t use vague words.” Excellent wisdom, but how do you implement these ideas? What one word can you search for that highlights major improvement opportunities? What simple principle guarantees you’ll write in active language? Join us and explore five methods to improve any prose, build an “in the now” narrative experience, and create scenes that MOVE–keeping your readers…

November 6 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

Teacher: Rick Eley

Journaling for Self-Discovery

Surprise is an important element in any writer’s work. One reason? It’s a good lie detector. When we’ve failed to surprise ourselves, it’s often because we haven’t surrendered control. Instead, we allow our fears to dictate where we should go, what we should think, and especially how we should write. The danger in this passivity is we lose ourselves, which is why surprise focuses our attention. It demands action. Surprise is what helps us loosen our grip on the world,…

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

4 sessions
Teacher: Amanda Gomez

Experimental Forms: Poetry, Prose, and Beyond

This class will engage with exemplary poetry, prose, and visual art with a particular interest in hybrid and experimental forms to help broaden our understanding of what constitutes a story. We will consider experimental movements such as Dada and Oulipo as well as contemporary experimental writers and artists who work to dissolve our conception of genre boundaries. These readings will potentially inspire multimedia possibilities in our own writing, as the class will allow time for students to generate their own…

November 20 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

Teacher: Sierra Foltz
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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.