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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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July 2020

How To Build Complicated Characters

In this seminar, through the examination of contemporary literary works and in-class exercises, we will analyze what elements of craft are necessary to create a voice for a nuanced, three-dimensional protagonist. This class will focus on the first-person point of view. Some questions we will address in this seminar: 1. How do you carry a story with an unpredictable narrator? 2. How do you capture a character's interiority? 3. How do you exhaust all of the power of "I"? 3.…

July 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Remy Smidt

A Deep Dive Into Craft: Cheating the MFA

This craft class will consist of four seminars structured around four literary novels/novellas read prior to the respective class. We will dissect these novels to learn how the author utilized certain literary tools, and then we’ll apply what we’ve learned to in-class writing exercises meant to supplement our ongoing writing projects. The four books we’ll read are <em>Breakfast at Tiffany’s</em> by Truman Capote, <em>Rebecca</em> by Daphne Du Maurier, <em>Dept. of Speculation</em> by Jenny Offill and <em>Giovanni’s Room</em> by James Baldwin.…

Tuesdays, July 14 - August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Michelle Ross

The Essential Elements of Great Storytelling

In this course we will work three specific aspects of great storytelling. Whether writing a novel, memoir, or short story, your audience has certain expectations that need to be met. They want compelling characters to encounter danger in an unfamiliar place. If two people meet, then the reader wants to know who they are, where they’re meeting, and why they’re there. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a…

How to Edit Your Own Writing

You're done writing, but before you present your work to your publisher or readers--print or online--you want to polish. How do you switch from writer to editor? How do assess your work from 10,000 feet and sentence by sentence? How do you hunt down and eliminate inaccuracies, tighten flabby prose, and correct common mistakes in grammar and usage? The class will offer a thorough method of editing and will include editing exercises. We can also cover how to write killer…

July 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Dan Duke

You Talkin’ to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

With great dialogue, you can almost feel readers lean in to the page so they won’t miss a word. Every word counts. In this seminar, you’ll find the best ways to make your characters’ dialogue both dynamic and natural as well as unique to their specific character. You’ll discover how to avoid chit-chat and write dialogue that has a true punch. Learn to better engage readers as you listen for the silence between the words as well as the words…

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Jean Klein

August 2020

Buffing & Polishing: The Art of Rewriting

You've finally finished your manuscript and now you're ready to tell Oprah all about it. Not so fast. The best writing is REwriting. In this session, you'll learn practical ways to put your writing on a flab-burning diet so that your copy is tight, trim and hot--and all without even having to step onto a treadmill. A big chunk of this is a writing lab, so be sure to bring pen and paper. Please note: This class is an online…

Keep ‘Em On the Edge of Their Seats: 6 Techniques to Create Suspense in Your Story

Description coming soon. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

August 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Jean Klein

Writing Compelling Heroes

Creating a hero (protagonist) for a story sounds simple. This is the person we care about, root for, want to protect. But it is one thing to write a likeable character and another to write a compelling character. Many writers have difficulty rounding out their heroes, warts and all. Most of us have picked up a book, been interested for a few pages, or even chapters, and then put the book down, never to return. In this class, we will…

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

Teacher: Jean Klein

The Snowflake Method: Turning a Single Idea into a Novel-in One Afternoon

Do you want to write a novel, but you're stuck figuring out how to start? Or maybe you already have a great synopsis--but how do you convert that into ninety-thousand words? In this workshop we'll explore a near-effortless way to take a simple idea and build it into a story of any length and genre, fiction or nonfiction. Whether you write novels, short stories, or screenplays, Snowflake is the best way to create the foundation for your work. With this…

August 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Rick Eley

How to Write True Crime

This seminar will take you behind the scenes to show how true-crime writers work. Participants will learn how to delve into archival material; they will learn the craft of documentary-style structure, how to create effective, multiple, correlative timelines, as well as how to interview in regard to sensitive subject matters. This is not internet sleuthing, but true-crime storytelling. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device…

August 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Patti McCracken
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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.