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.
Search our classes by genre, level, and time of day below.
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How to Self-Publish Your Book
You’ve written a great book, but the query letter/literary agent/publisher game isn’t your cup of tea. Have you considered self-publishing? With print-on-demand, it's easier than ever to get your book into print—and e-books are even easier! From platform choice to formatting and cover design, this workshop will answer your questions and walk you through the process of getting your manuscript ready to market in both print and e-book formats.
March 25 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Horror in Poetry
“Man lives in a sunlit world of what he believes to be reality, but there is unseen by most, an underworld. A place that is just as real, but not as brightly lit. A dark side.” Explore your poetic dark side through the genre of horror poetry. Students will learn the core elements of horror, examine examples of horror poetry, explore how humans react to fear in order to apply it to their writing, and learn how the use horror…
March 25 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Discover Your Core Story: Define It In Three Words
Your core story has nothing to do with your chosen genre or the fictional landscapes you love. It has everything to do with the themes, conflicts and emotions that compel you. Discovering your core story will empower you because you will realize you can take it anywhere. Join us and reach your core.
March 26 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Submit Your Work to Magazines, Journals, and Publishers
You’ve crafted your writing; now it’s time to get it published! From formatting to researching markets, tracking your submissions to keeping a positive attitude, we'll dive deep into the basics of submissions to the vast world of literary journals and magazines. Don’t let the fear of rejection--or an unfamiliarity with the process--get in your way. We’ll explore a few tips and tricks to help your writing get placed sooner than later. Plus, we'll explore the many reasons why most work…
April 8 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Writing the Body: a Workshop for Health/Medical Workers and Caregivers (April)
Doctors, nurses, health, or hospice workers--as well as many other professionals and caregivers--are always called to heightened service in their line of work, especially in the current climate of global pandemic. Because so much of what we are asked to deal with is out of the bounds of human control, the challenge to be authentic is intense. Serving others involves not only great physical labor, but also emotional and intellectual labor. At the end of the day, after we have…
April 8 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Advice from an Agent on Your Path to Publication
You've written your book, and it’s ready to send into the world. But how? In this seminar, we’ll look at everything from crafting a grabbing elevator pitch and where and how to find an agent to what to do and say while pitching and what agents actually do after you’ve signed. Join literary agent Jessica Errera and explore everything that follows typing “The End” on the last page of your manuscript.
April 15 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Practical Starship Design
Whether your characters are sunjamming the solar wind or sleeping for centuries between the stars, how you present their spacecraft lends authenticity to your fictional world. In this Writers Knowledge seminar, we will explore the real-life physics of interstellar travel—-the hazards, the distances, and some of the solutions proposed to overcome them. We will survey a wide variety of starship designs proposed for extrasolar missions, from nuclear-pulse and beamed-energy propulsion to fusion ramjets, quantum thrusters and interstellar sails. We will…
April 15 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
Sleuthing and Detective Work
“It is my business to know what other people do not know.” (Sherlock Holmes) Tales of crime, detectives, and mysteries often take central stage in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police officer, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plotlines, whether you are writing crime stories, mysteries, or detective stories, or simply need a better understanding of sleuthing and detective work to make a character or storyline ring…
April 15 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Romance is one of the most popular--and most lucrative--literary genres, but it’s also one of the most creative! From edgy romantic suspense to sweet second-chance romance there’s something in the romance genre for everyone, even if they don’t realize it yet. This seminar will introduce participants to the basics of the romance genre, with a special focus on the structure of a typical romance novel, including character arcs and, of course, the romance arc—so if you’re a non-romance writer looking…
April 29 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT
The Fool’s Journey: A Generative Tarot Workshop
The Tarot--the iconic deck of beautifully illustrated playing cards--has seen a bit of a resurgence in recent years. While the Tarot has historically been used to both play games and divine the future, the cards' intricate designs and deep-rooted archetypes also make them the perfect prompts for stuck writers. In this generative workshop, we’ll dust off those decks we bought for the artwork and put them to good use in helping us create new ideas, explore unique story structures, and…
April 29 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
Recognizing and Using Mythological Archetypes
Let’s explore the power of mythology and how subconscious tenets based on ancient myth pepper not only the symbols we use, but our plot points and themes. Most writers know mythology, but having a better understanding of its evolution and its sometimes startling connections to today--as well as how to recognize and utilize inherent mythological elements--will strengthen writing of any genre. We will traverse oral tradition, ancient mythology, and universal archetypes, applying these concepts to our own, contemporary pieces.
May 7 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT
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.