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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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March 2021

Using Framing Devices in Story

A frame contains. It is a border, a canister, a window into a place you are not in but can see into. Frames on the wall and the page are similar, and writers can use this parallel to create their own frames through the organic process of connecting emotional and narrative content with an appropriate frame, through craft choices. Using the text Meander, Spiral, Explode by Jane Alison, I will explore different ways framing devices can be developed and executed…

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Perfect Ending

“There’s nothing on Earth like really nailing the last line of a big book,” Alex de Campi said. “You have 200 pages to tickle their fancy, and seven words to break their heart.” But how does an author achieve this? It is no easy task, given that endings must, as Chekhov said, “artfully concentrate for the reader an impression of the entire work.” In this seminar, we will identify elements of satisfying endings, explore the pros and cons of various…

March 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Alicia Dekker

Ten Tips for Writing for Today’s Popular Fiction Market

Jayne has been writing for the ever-changing popular fiction market for over thirty years. In this seminar she will summarize the ten most important things she has learned during her career. Bring your questions! She will discuss current and emerging trends as well as how to reinvent yourself when the market changes on you or when you hit the wall -- because there is always change and always a wall. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must…

March 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Jayne Ann Krentz

The Snowflake Plotting Method

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…

March 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Rick Eley

The Craft of Heroic Fantasy Fiction

Whether you’re writing swashbuckling fantasy or sending readers into another world of your own imagination, it’s essential to keep your plot moving without neglecting your characters. This workshop discusses the essential ways to bring your heroes and villains to life, convey a vibrant setting without slowing your pace, and fashion a tale that will have your readers eager to turn every page. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with…

March 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

April 2021

Creating Believable Dialogue in Fiction

This seminar is designed for writers who want to sharpen their ability to write engaging and realistic dialogue. The class begins with examples of dialogue from various writers such as Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Jamaica Kinkaid, Toni Morrison, Kelly Link, and Lorri Moore. After some examination and discussion, students will work on prompts and write a scene including dialogue that reveals character development. Students will have a chance to share and provide feedback for each other’s work. Please note: This…

April 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Growing Organic Characters

Tired of filling out those biographical forms on your characters, just to find yourself with a list of ho-hum details that don't create anything exciting? Maybe you're asking your characters the wrong questions. Characters don't pop full-blown from a writer's imagination. They begin with a spark, a hint of something intriguing--just the right thing to grab a reader and a publisher... until they get buried under a mound of irrelevant details. In this seminar, you will learn what questions to…

April 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Jean Klein

How to Write in the Voice of the Opposite Sex

Emotions are not gender specific. We all have them. It just takes a little work (okay, a LOT), to get into the head of the opposite sex. In this session, we'll explore techniques for how it can be done. But the emphasis of this class goes beyond gender. The goal is also to learn ways to follow one's curiosity about people of other races, ages, cultures, and socio-economic backgrounds with an eye on creating interesting and varied characters. Please note:…

April 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: John DeDakis

The Method Writer: Stealing Techniques From the Actors’ Toolbox

Writers share a lot with our artistic cousin, the actor: we strive to bring characters to life and transport our audiences with good stories. Unlike painters, who have paint, brushes, and canvas to aid in bringing their art into existence, or musicians who have their instruments, the actor and the writer have only themselves. They don’t play the instruments; they ARE the instruments. We will explore philosophies and exercises put forth by some of the most highly esteemed theatre professionals:…

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Alicia Dekker

Writing a Sense of Place

This seminar is designed for writers who wish to develop the sense of place in their fiction. Through an engaging process of providing examples, sharing ideas, and writing prompts, writers will further develop the sense of place in their stories by exploring their characters and their view of the world. We will study such writers as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Louise Erdrich, Larry McMurtry, and James Baldwin. Students will write or revise a scene, discovering how to build worlds through imagery,…

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Sensitivity Reading 101

Is a character from your story a part of a marginalized group? Do you want to make sure that you are representing them in a sensitive and respectful way? In this course, we will go over the importance of reading for sensitivity of marginalized groups, how to read your own work for sensitivity and how to research what marginalized groups want in representation. In addition to learning about proper representation, you will have the opportunity for a free sensitivity reading…

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The Art of Writing Fighting

A good fight can tell a great story. Whether it’s two boxers in the ring or a sword fight between arch rivals, every fight tells a story. But what story does it tell? And what story do you want it to tell? In this seminar, we’ll go over the big and small details of writing a fight scene. Whether it is hand-to-hand, sword-to-sword or jet-to-jet, we’ll go over positioning, dialogue, tracking movements and how to tell a bigger story with…

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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.