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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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April 2020

A Deep Dive Into Craft: Cheating the MFA (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. 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…

Tuesdays, March 10 - May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Michelle Ross

From Novice to Novelist (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. A practical 15-point plan that demystifies and deconstructs novel-writing -- from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans.…

April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: John DeDakis

How to Write a Key Scene (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. A key scene is an essential building block in any work of fiction. In this session, you'll learn tips and strategies for making the scene you see in your head come alive on the page so that your…

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: John DeDakis

The Art of Writing Fighting (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. 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…

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

Teacher: Zachary Piggott

May 2020

How To NOT Write A Porno (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. Editors do not like to publish sex, but sex exists as a part of the human experience. How do we get around this? Artists have been writing about sex from the moment humans started to create art on…

May 2 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell

How to Read Like a Writer (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. Books are writers’ most enduring teachers. We can excavate our favorite texts to understand the elements of craft master writers implement and how they use them. Instead of getting caught up in a story, we will identify what…

Saturdays, May 2 - May 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Kelly Sokol

Building Better Worlds (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. A big part of writing is building a world for your characters to inhabit. It doesn't matter if you write science fiction, fantasy, or something more down to Earth, one of the first things a writer must do…

Making Minor Characters Sizzle (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. You might write a compelling hero and a truly terrifying antagonist. If your minor characters don’t jump off the page, however, your story can remain dry and dull for long patches of your writing. In this seminar, you’ll…

May 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Jean Klein

The Method Writer: Stealing Techniques From the Actors’ Toolbox (Now Online)

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:…

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Alicia Dekker
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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.

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