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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 2022

Global Forest Biomes

Whether guarded by wise tree-shepherds or supporting life on an alien moon, forests have long been integral to fantasy and science fiction—as locations, environments, and even characters in their own right. But how you present forest ecosystems in your writing can add depth and verisimilitude to your fictional worlds. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will survey the scope and diversity of forest ecosystems, from flooded equatorial rainforest to snowbound boreal taiga. We will examine how climate, topography and…

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

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August 2022

Witnesses and Suspects: Police Interviews, Interrogations, and Investigations 

“Book ‘em, Danno!” Tales of crime and punishment often take central stage in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police officer, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you are writing crime stories, mysteries, or detective stories, or simply need a better understanding of police procedures and investigation to make a character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: arrests and interrogation, police intelligence and investigations, lie…

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

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Making Historical Writing Real

Do you have an awesome idea for a piece of historical fiction, but it’s set in ancient Rome and your only knowledge of the period is based solely on the movie “Gladiator” or Monty Python’s “Life of Brian?” How about if you have a killer idea for a medieval story, but the brutality of “Braveheart” and “Game of Thrones” is all you can think of? Maybe you want to set it more recent, like World War II; was the world…

August 6 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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Intelligent Life in the Galaxy

Many astronomers would agree that life is probably common throughout the galaxy—but what does this say about the prospects for intelligent life? With the recent flood of new planetary discoveries, it now seems likely that most stars have planetary systems, with a greater diversity of planet types than we had ever imagined possible. But with this great diversity comes the realization that planets similar to Earth may still be comparatively rare, and civilizations rarer still—which raises the prospect of a…

August 20 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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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.