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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 2021

The Advanced Poetry Workshop

The Advanced Poetry Workshop is open to students who have completed previous workshop-level classes at The Muse or those who have extensive workshop or graduate-level experience. This class focuses on writing, criticism, and the exploration of contemporary poetic discourse. Students at this level are writing poetry with an increased focus on creating an individual voice and emotional richness. Students will be expected to submit regularly and provide thoughtful feedback to classmates. 

Mondays, June 14 - August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Noah Renn

The Fiction Studio: Tuesday Evenings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members, and new members with professional fiction workshop experience. We will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session. New members must receive pre-approval to register from…

Tuesdays, June 29 - August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

9 sessions

The Advanced Screenwriting Workshop

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 advanced screenwriting students.

Tuesdays, June 8 - August 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

Bacchanals and Mourning: Writing Poetry After a Plague 

Mardi Gras, Carnival and other fiestas and bacchanal sessions have been, for centuries, the promise implicit in any lousy period: get through it, and there will be a great party waiting on the other side. They developed as loosenings up after the clamp downs societies endured to survive a plague, a Depression, a devastating period of war. And sometimes it works: the plague demands, among other things, that everyone endure the psychological burden of designation, everyone gets branded: sick or well. To…

Saturdays, July 10 - July 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Tom Yuill

August 2021

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members and new members with professional fiction workshop experience. We will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session. New members must receive pre-approval to register from…

Mondays, June 14 - August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

7 sessions

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Mornings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members and new members with professional fiction workshop experience. We will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session. New members must receive pre-approval to register from…

Wednesdays, June 9 - August 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kelly Sokol

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work will be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting.

Tuesdays, June 15 - September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
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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.