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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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January 2020

Food Blogging from Start to Finish

Learn how to share your food experiences--whether in a kitchen or a restaurant--through blogging with Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton. We explore the essence of eating, and learn how to express your thoughts in a clear, concise and compelling way. We will be eating--and imbibing--and getting the most from all of our senses to fully appreciate food and drink through the written word and photography. In this introduction to food blogging, learn about the…

Sundays, January 5 - January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions

February 2020

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

Writing the Killer Plot

Does your plot provide the structure your work needs & deserves? Will your plot line grab the attention of readers/reviewers/agents? With this seminar, your story becomes more powerful, your characters reach their full potential. Writing the Killer Plot (WKP) works for fiction or non-fiction, and comes with unique perspective and concise diagramming tools. From early concept to your work in progress, WKP is for writers of all levels. Workbook© provided.

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Malcom Massey

Nonfiction in a Flash: Monday Evenings

In this workshop, creative nonfiction and memoir writers will explore the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will discuss and discover the many craft elements that make flash nonfiction an engaging, experimental and exciting genre! Every session we will generate and critique our small memoir and nonfiction stories and essays and focus on the unique opportunities that flash gives every creative nonfiction writer. Working in a shorter form allows you take a fresh look at…

Mondays, February 10 - April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

Write Anything: Six Tuesday Evenings

This general creative writing class is an invitation to hone your unique writing voice in a creative and open atmosphere. You will have the unique opportunity to explore what you enjoy, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. This multi genre workshop is an excellent first writing class as well as a place for seasoned writers to explore a different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative…

Tuesdays, February 11 - March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sarah Pringle

The Screenwriting Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

This workshop will focus on the all-important revision process in screenwriting, with members sharing the successes and difficulties encountered in the scripting process for feature-length, short, or TV scripts. You will have at least three opportunities to turn in pages of a screenplay for group review, workshop, and discussion—all in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. This class is open to continuing members as well as students who have either taken the Introduction to Screenwriting class, completed an early…

Tuesdays, February 11 - April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of…

Tuesdays, February 11 - April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cynthia Davis

The Screenwriting Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

This workshop will focus on the all-important revision process in screenwriting, with members sharing the successes and difficulties encountered in the scripting process for feature-length, short, or TV scripts. You will have at least three opportunities to turn in pages of a screenplay for group review, workshop, and discussion—all in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. This class is open to continuing members as well as students who have either taken the Introduction to Screenwriting class, completed an early…

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of…

Wednesdays, February 12 - April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Getting Started (or Restarted) on a Novel

Do you have an idea for a novel, but you’re not sure how to start writing it? Or maybe you’ve already been writing a draft, but got stuck, bogged down, and you can't figure out what to write next? It happens to all of us! Come along as we tame these demons using easy techniques, and help you start, or restart, your novel project and turn it into a finished draft.

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Rick Eley

Write Great Sentences

Great sentences are not simply building blocks, they reflect the nature of what they are expressing within a story. Understanding and designing sentences is key to developing your personal style and voice and to becoming the writer you set out to be. Sentences that sing move your readers through the rise and fall of syntax and provide the musicality of the story or poem the sentence reveals. This seminar will help you manipulate subjects and verbs, use the punch of…

The Glory of Fantasy: Creating Secondary Worlds

"Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory," writes J.R.R. Tolkien in 1947. "If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?" In this seminar, we will probe this compelling idea by briefly surveying "secondary world" fantasy, i.e. stories set in alternative mythical spaces where magic works, mythical creatures roam the wild, and otherworldly dangers await intrepid warriors and sorcerers. In discussion we will explore the conventions of secondary world fantasy, and in…

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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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