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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

“Writers in Action” Teen Workshop

This is a collaborative class which prioritizes in-class exercises. Whether you are brand new to writing or working on a long-term project, this class will provide the space for students to hone their skills and share work in an energized, supportive environment, where the focus is not on producing a polished finished product but rather fostering creativity, sparking new ideas, and simply getting words down on the page. This class is ideal for both less-experienced writers and those teens who…

Mondays, June 7 - August 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Susan Deutsch

2021 Teen Writers Fellowship Class

Summer class for accepted members of the 2021 Teen Writers Fellowship. You must be an accepted fellow in the 2021 class to register for this class. Instructors: Jessica Kelley & Synnika Lofton

Thursdays, June 17 - August 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Remy Smidt
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Teen Writing Level 1: Creative Writing

This class will explore the fundamentals of craft and will ground the student in the language and techniques necessary to take their writing to the next level. The class will be a mix of readings, in-class exercises, and prompts. The class culminates in a reading which friends and family are invited to attend. Students must take this class before enrolling in Writing Level 2: Intermediate Workshop.  This class taught by Jessica Kelley  and Sierra Foltz . Here is a taste…

Saturdays, June 5 - August 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Remy Smidt

August 2021

Teen Writers Fellowship Summer 2021 Workshop

Summer workshop for those who have completed the Teen Writers Fellowship in 2019 or 2020, and have not yet graduated from high school. Only Fellows who match these criteria are eligible for this workshop. Fellows will need to be signed into their Muse accounts in order to register. If you have issues with signing up please contact our Youth Coordinator Remy Smidt at rsmidt@the-muse.org.

Thursdays, June 10 - August 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley

Teen Writing Level 2: Writing Workshop

  In this class, teen students will encounter the model that serves as the basis for writing at the college and graduate level: The Workshop. They will be required to submit work for review and to offer constructive, kind feedback to their classmates. This is the perfect class for serious writers who want a rigorous look at what the writing world is like post-high school.  The prose sessions of the workshop will be led by Remy Smidt. The poetry sessions…

Saturdays, June 12 - August 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Remy Smidt

Writing the College Application Essay

In this seminar, high school students will learn how to develop an effective essay for their college admission applications. We will begin by exploring the importance of this process in order to better understand the features that make a successful essay. Then, participants will go through the process of breaking down the prompts, brainstorming ideas, and writing a first draft. Every participant will receive detailed feedback and suggestions for revisions to strengthen their final product.   https://youtu.be/i3Yym9Fd1-k Please note: All…

August 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Cristina Foss
Level:
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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.