Skip to content
Loading Events

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.

Class at The Muse

Search our classes by genre, level, and time of day below.

Upcoming Events

Events Search and Views Navigation

July 2020

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday Mornings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories--from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another--you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goal…

Tuesdays, July 7 - August 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

Start Writing, Keep Writing… Write Now!

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write--in the moment--to cues and prompts and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, nonfiction, fiction) to poetry. Class…

Tuesdays, July 7 - August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Alison Schoew

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Wednesday Mornings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will learn, through published texts and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the…

Wednesdays, July 8 - August 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Introduction to Screenwriting: Wednesday Evenings

This course is designed as both an introduction for students who are new to screenwriting, and as continuity for those who have already started writing a screenplay and wish to further develop their scripts. No matter your level of experience, everyone will benefit from the groups’ members sharing their experiences they encounter. Class activities will include: discussing and developing story ideas, and sharing comments and suggesting solutions; an introduction to the three-act structure and the critical importance of the first…

Wednesdays, July 8 - August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Wednesday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories--from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another--you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.…

Wednesdays, July 8 - August 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

Introduction to Screenwriting: Thursday Mornings

This course is designed as both an introduction for students who are new to screenwriting, and as continuity for those who have already started writing a screenplay and wish to further develop their scripts. No matter your level of experience, everyone will benefit from the groups’ members sharing their experiences they encounter. Class activities will include: discussing and developing story ideas, and sharing comments and suggesting solutions; an introduction to the three-act structure and the critical importance of the first…

Thursdays, July 9 - August 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Thursday Evenings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will learn, through published texts and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the…

Thursdays, July 9 - August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Olivia Pelham

Creating a Web Presence and Blog

Are you ready to launch your writing career? You’ll need an online presence where readers can find you. Whether you are already published and need to create an online portfolio, or you are just getting started and would like to begin blogging, an author website and blog will help you begin to build your online platform. We’ll work through the step-by-step process of setting up the typical three-page author website, and we will examine ways to keep a blog fresh…

Saturdays, July 11 - August 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Belinda Elliott

Geography of the Galaxy

Whether your characters are exploring alien ruins on a sunless planet or commanding an interstellar battlefleet, how you present the geography of space can lend verisimilitude to your science fiction writing. Starting with our local stellar neighborhood, we will examine some classic nearby stars--including Alpha Centauri, Tau Ceti and Epsilon Eridani--before moving out to explore the broader structure of the Orion Arm. We will survey star clusters, rogue planets, pulsars and nebulae, and then consider the galaxy on a grand…

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: John Aguiar

Teen Writers Multi-Group Workshop: Saturday Mornings

In this workshop, you can explore fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more. Each meeting, teachers will lead different breakout groups, focused on different genres, with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. Plus, we’ll have a visit or two from our comic book writing teacher to work with visual stories. Come hone…

Saturdays, June 13 - August 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell

Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us

In this 3-meeting seminar, we will find the stories that live inside us all. We will examine the ingredients needed to tell a personal story in such a way as to make it leap off our tongues and into the mind of a listener. Together, we’ll explore the various types of storytelling and gain insight into the growing professional community of storytellers. Join us for this interactive and participatory class. No previous storytelling experience is needed. Even if you aren’t…

Sundays, July 12 - July 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Sheila Arnold

How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels

Comics are a magical blend of visuals and writing. Come engage this incredible medium--whether you draw or not! We'll cover comics from the ground up--from scripting the story to getting it out into the world. Topics include character design, the relationship between a writer and an artist, layout, and so much more. The course will comprise of fun exercises and lecture, along with some case studies and games to mix it up. No experience required. Let's make comics! *Students under…

Tuesdays, June 16 - August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey
+ Export Events

Accessibility for Those with Disabilities

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.