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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Songwriting is an ancient form--one of the earliest means of passing on oral history. Over thousands of years, it has evolved into a many faceted art-form, a source of entertainment, catharsis or escapism. In this workshop, we will explore the songwriting process through listening, writing and editing. We will examine songs from a variety of genres and time periods to investigate what it is that makes a song “stick” with us or not. Through both individual and collaborative efforts, we…
Wednesdays, June 16 - July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Once you've written a draft, it can be difficult to figure out where to go next. A range of people will provide feedback, but who is right? How do you go about discerning what to edit and what to keep the same? To effectively edit, it’s critical to identify a novel’s underlying argument—it’s heart. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the “thesis statement” approach to editing, looking at examples of novels’ “thesis statements,” as well as providing exercises to help you…
June 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Science tells us that "...mycorrhizal networks, also known as common mycorrhizal networks or CMN, are underground hyphal networks created by myrcorrhizal fungi that connect individual plants together and transfer water, carbon, nitrogen, and other nutrients and minerals." (Wikipedia) Our nearly four-year-old grandson Oliver, who already loves nature, art, and books/reading (and snacks) in a big way, recently drew a picture of mycorrhizal networks which looked kind of like mushrooms holding hands beneath the soil. In this workshop we'll generate new…
Sundays, June 6 - June 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Take your writing to the next level in this in-depth series of topic-specific workshops designed to drill deeper into the finer points of story telling: memoir, journaling, characterization, dialogue, and research. In addition, you’ll learn how to overcome writer’s block whether you’re a planner or if you write by the seat of your pants. By the end of the series, you’ll have the skills, confidence and strategies to take your writing to a professional level. Each session will include short…
Saturdays, June 26 - June 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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.
June 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
The journey of memoir is mapped out by the events along life’s way that transform the primary character—you. Memoir begins with memories and then formulates those memories into a story of transformation. This course teaches the tools needed to craft memories and events into truth filled stories that resonate with the lives of your readers. Through exercises, studies in craft, and utilizing successful memoirs as models, you will obtain the knowledge and confidence to shape your story. We will aspire…
Wednesdays, June 30 - August 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
This course is designed as both an introduction for students who are new to screenwriting, and as continuity for those who have already started writing a screenplay and wish to further develop their scripts. No matter your level of experience, everyone will benefit from the groups’ members sharing their experiences they encounter. Class activities will include: discussing and developing story ideas, and sharing comments and suggesting solutions; an introduction to the three-act structure and the critical importance of the first…
Wednesdays, June 30 - August 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
We all have stories to tell, whether we’ve never written anything before, or we’re dusting off the old writing muscles and getting back in the game. This class is a foundational course to get started or begin writing fiction again. We will learn and explore all of the essential fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. We will discover and begin to understand how to write an active scene, define a character, and move your story from A to B,…
Thursdays, July 1 - August 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
“True Stories Told Well,” is the definition given by Lee Gutkind, the founder and publisher of Creative Nonfiction Magazine of the 4th genre known as Creative Nonfiction. Whether it be a memoir, the personal essay, or a literary journalistic article in The New Yorker, the truth can be told in a compelling way that keeps the reader engaged. 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…
Thursdays, July 1 - August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
During our six weeks together, we'll explore how our memories can live on the page as stories of transformation. Through exercises, studies in craft, and close study of short selections from six very different memoirs, you will learn the tools to shape your story and move your readers. We'll discuss motivation, description, point of view, dialogue, and story energy. We'll look at ways to begin complex stories and ways to provide meaningful endings--even for those stories you may still be…
Tuesdays, July 6 - August 10 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The elegy is a reflective poem, an expression of grief for those who have died. In this generative space, we will read contemporary poets and use prompts to write into our own sorrow, and we will explore other types of loss as well: language, a forgotten perfume, memory. And maybe, we can find other ways to imagine the elegy, one which is joyful, possibly, as well.
July 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Do you want to hone your funny bone? In this humor writing seminar, you will learn how to form a strong comedic point of view in the style of McSweeney’s, Shouts and Murmurs, and other top short humor venues. This class will cover how to develop a generate ideas, how to punch up instead of down, and examine what makes writing funny. We’ll also explore venues that publish humor, review submission guidelines, and discuss internet presence.
July 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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.