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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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. We'll discuss how to tap into your subconscious and life experiences to transform them into a book-length project, populated with interesting characters, a twisty-turny plot, snappy dialogue, and an interesting setting. We'll also look at strategies for finding an agent, marketing the…
October 9 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Writing in 1978 amid fears of nuclear apocalypse, Isaac Asimov wrote, "The core of science fiction has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all." Salvation. This is a compelling description of a popular genre pioneered in interwar pulpwood magazines, a mass medium traditionally allied with the same technological acceleration that brought about the very existential crisis that premises Asimov's statement. In our seminar, we will explore this ambivalence, seek to understand how SF celebrates…
October 16 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
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…
October 30 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
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
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November 6 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Readers love a good plot twist or reveal, but what makes one good--or bad? Learn how to use foreshadowing, clues, and red herrings to direct (and misdirect!) your reader's attention so that when the big reveal comes, they aren't angry at you for hitting them out of nowhere with something they never could have predicted, they're mad at themselves for not having seen what was obvious.
November 13 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST
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.
November 20 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST
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
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 Moor. 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.
December 4 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST
Elaborate worldbuilding is a hallmark of science fiction and fantasy, but so is the plethora of confusing, unpronounceable, made up words and concepts. With so much information needed to tell your story, it's easy to overwhelm your audience. This class will discuss ways to build a fantastical world and ease readers into it, making it more likely they'll remember characters, places, and events. We'll also address how to put complex ideas into a concise, understandable, and intriguing pitch for agents…
December 11 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST
Family. What word could be more evocative when thinking about writing memoir? And what better timing for a class like this than sandwiched between so many holidays when our interactions with family are often more intensely fraught? Our sense of family is inextricably linked to our sense of home, both of which are foundational to memoir. Family is experienced and internalized in deeply personal and intimate ways yet institutionalized within our culture. While we may experience our own families in…
December 11 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
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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.