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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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October 2021

The Art of Spoken Word & Slam Poetry

Learn the art of spoken word poetry and become a better writer, reader, speaker. Explore the history of poetry’s oral tradition including the cultural influences of the African Griot, the Irish Limerick, the Japanese Haiku, Gospel Preaching and American RAP. Through discussion and practical exercise, students will also learn proven techniques in composition, memorization, and the performance of both individual and group poems for competitive Slam poetry. Please Note: All students under the age of 18 must have permission from…

Tuesdays, October 26 - December 7 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

4 sessions
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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 Susan Deutsch. The poetry sessions of…

Saturdays, October 30 - December 11 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

7 sessions
Teacher: Jeffrey Hecker

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 is taught by Jessica Kelley and Jeffrey Hecker. Please Note: All students…

Saturdays, October 30 - December 11 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley

November 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, November 1 - December 13 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT

7 sessions
Teacher: Susan Deutsch
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Teen Writers Fellowship Fall 2021 Workshop

Fall workshop for those who have completed the Teen Writers Fellowship in 2020 or 2021, 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, October 7 - November 18 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

4 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley

Young Writers Workshop

In this afternoon class writers, aged 9-11 will engage in exercises that will allow them to explore their creativity. Every class will be a little different, with rotating teachers giving guidance in their area of specialty. Topics including Poetry, Fiction, and Music will be explored. This class will be taught by Amanda Gomez AND Skye Kentz. Please Note: All students under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please review…

Sundays, November 14 - December 12 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:00 pm EST

4 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz
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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.