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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

Metaphysical Secrets

Come and explore methods for opening your mind to unseen levels of your writing--before or after writing it. Meditation, guided imagery, and the pendulum will be introduced and demonstrated. Examples of depth of meaning will include symbolism, color interpretation, and numerology. Body, mind, and spirit interact as physical, mental, and spiritual interpretations of the universal mind. The seminar includes lecture, discussion, and writing prompts.

March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Fran Ward

Visual Journaling Workshop: Exploring the Imagination

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this seminar will help writers tap into a different type of creativity. We will take a break from structured writing, and combine words with visual elements. We will paint, draw, write, and collage to explore our stream of consciousness and talk about how this can be incorporated in our own writing practice. Session cost includes $8 materials fee.

Sundays, March 15 - March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Christine Rucker

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

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning poets and new members with poetry writing/workshopping experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.

Mondays, February 17 - April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Noah Renn

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

Introduction to Writing Poetry: Tuesday Mornings

This class, for anyone interested in writing poetry, is designed to help you write and respond to poems through creative exercises, readings and discussions. Each member of the group will compose and revise original poems. Together we’ll explore voice, imagery, structure, word choice, line, and other elements of poetry in a stimulating and supportive environment.

Tuesdays, February 25 - March 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Robbie Ciara

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Tuesday Mornings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will learn, through published texts and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the…

Tuesdays, February 25 - April 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Start Writing, Keep Writing… Write Now

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write--in the moment--to cues and prompts and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, nonfiction, fiction) to poetry. Class…

Tuesdays, February 25 - April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Alison Schoew

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

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, February 4 - May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

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
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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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