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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 2020

Writing Through Trauma and Grief: Sunday Evenings

Sharing our stories of trauma and grief through the cathartic act of writing can bring healing, hope, and acceptance. This 6 week course will explore the five stages of trauma—victim, survivor, thriver, server, empowered server—and give individuals an opportunity to assess where they are in their journey. We will be given ample time to craft and share origin stories of trauma and/or grief and provide encouragement and feedback to one another for personal use or professional publication.

Sundays, March 1 - April 19 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Poetry of the Sea

Throughout the ages writers have used the sea as metaphor for their thoughts and feelings to great effect. This class will teach you how to enhance the power of your work. It’s been said that local poets learn rhythmic structures by listening to the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. Together, we will read and learn from the greats and make their techniques your own.

Tuesdays, March 24 - April 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Robert Arthur

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

The Daytime Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.

Tuesdays, February 18 - April 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.  

Tuesdays, February 18 - April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lydia Netzer

April 2020

Writing Through Trauma and Grief: Wednesday Mornings

Sharing our stories of trauma and grief through the cathartic act of writing can bring healing, hope, and acceptance. This 6 week course will explore the five stages of trauma—victim, survivor, thriver, server, empowered server—and give individuals an opportunity to assess where they are in their journey. We will be given ample time to craft and share origin stories of trauma and/or grief and provide encouragement and feedback to one another for personal use or professional publication.

Wednesdays, February 19 - April 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

The Romance Workshop

The romance genre (for both novels and novellas) is the highest selling genre in publishing today, worth just over a billion dollars annually. And romance readers know why: these stories are entertaining and you may be certain they will have a happy ending. In this workshop, we'll work on our own romance stories. This class is for new or seasoned writers interested in characters falling in love, overcoming obstacles, and getting their happily ever after. We'll focus our attention on…

Wednesdays, February 26 - April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Dana Staves

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Evenings

In this advanced workshop, experienced students working on personal essays and memoir chapters will receive guidance, support and feedback. We'll continue to shape experiences and their meanings on the page; discuss higher level elements of craft and structures; and create strategies for revision. We’ll also use prompts, exercises, and discussions based on readings by notable authors, to generate new scenes and stories. Each member of the group will have at least two opportunities to be critiqued during the session.  

Wednesdays, February 5 - April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Christine Koubek

Ukulele Performance Workshop

This class will build upon the fundamentals of Ukulele playing while growing your confidence and performance skills. We'll mix in some fun new chords and incorporate a variety of strumming and picking patterns, developing our own personal playing styles. This class will culminate in a UKEBOX Open Mic where each student will have a chance to prepare, arrange and perform a song of their choice for a supportive audience of ukulele lovers! Ukulele for Beginners (or a comparable level of…

Thursdays, April 2 - April 23 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.  

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

The Comic Book & Graphic Novel Workshop

For comic writers and artists looking to hone their works in progress, this workshop will emphasize critique and accountability. While retaining an element of lecture from Introduction to Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels, we will delve deeper into each student's comic project of choice, with the goal of polishing and revising our work.  

Thursdays, February 27 - April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

Making Minor Characters Sizzle

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 find ways to make them jump off the page, have identities and lives of their own, without challenging the dominance or importance of your hero. Learn how to make that bartender dazzle for the moment, that nurse in the hospital memorable, that…

April 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Jean Klein

How to Read Like a Writer

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 makes them successful and consider how we, as writers, can use these same techniques in our work.

Saturdays, April 4 - April 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Kelly Sokol
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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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