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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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September 2020

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. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate,…

Tuesdays, September 29 - December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

October 2020

Turbo-Powered Narratives

Whether you write memoir, fiction, creative nonfiction, or narrative poetry, getting the words on the page is only the beginning of the sculpting process. In this class for intermediate writers, we will experiment with a series of tools to turbo-power your work so that it is resonant and unforgettable.  Tools will include: wordplay/diction, emotion and empathy, “killing your darlings,” and the good kind of theft. Each session is generative, where participants will focus on a craft point, exercise it through…

Thursdays, October 1 - November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Desiree Cooper

How To Find Your “Writing” Voice

Voice touches every aspect of our craft—from the images we choose, to the characters we create. When we first start to write, we often mimic our heroes. We try to sound like Morrison or Fitzgerald, or Ferrante, rather than ourselves. This seminar will help you to find your own voice, one distinct from your literary inspirations. This will be a generative few hours, with a mix of reading, instruction, and exercises. This seminar is for all writers, seasoned and new.…

October 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Remy Smidt

Heaney’s Ekphrasis Imperative

‘We conclude then, that succession of time is the department of the poet, as space is that of the painter.’ –Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Laocoön: An Essay on the Limits of Painting and Poetry, 1767 In this class, we will look at the concept of Ekphrasis as applied by the Belfast poets of the 1960’s and beyond (Seamus Heaney’s “North,” Ciaron Carson’s “Still Life,” Sinead Morrissey’s “Parrallax” and Stephen Sexton’s “If All the World and Love Were Young” in particular). We…

Sundays, October 4 - October 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Steven Blythe

The Advanced Fiction Workshop

The Advanced Fiction Workshop continues with returning members, writers from The Fiction Workshop level, and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience. Having learned and refined the essential craft elements of fiction writing, it is time to actively write and revise our original short stories and chapters of novels. We will continue to master the art of constructive critique in our workshop, offering thoughtful suggestions that will lead to meaningful revision of our work. All members of the group will…

Mondays, October 5 - December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

The Screenwriting Workshop: Thursday Mornings

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 students who have either taken the Introduction to Screenwriting class, completed an early…

Thursdays, October 8 - December 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning members, new members from Introduction to Fiction Writing, and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. We will refine the understanding of POV and the limitations & benefits of those choices, learn revision on the sentence level, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and master writing active…

Thursdays, October 8 - December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

Story Mining: How to Plan & Plot Commercial Fiction

We’ve all heard the term: Write to Market. But it doesn’t mean you can’t write the book of your heart. With a few tweaks, your book could appeal to a hungry market. Learn to do the research and plotting necessary to hit reader expectations, nail the tropes, and march to the right beats in commercial fiction. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a…

October 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Ines Johnson

Surrealist Poetry

Andre Breton's best answer to the question "What is your name?" was "Forty-Five Houses." Now that NASA has discovered a whole universe that consists of little to no dark matter, it's probably time to refocus on embracing commotion and uncertainty, surprise and anticipation. To invite the dead-end, then invent a way out on your own. Perplexity can be a miracle. From French Symbolism to South American leaping poems, we'll span gender, sex, creed, culture, and end up in a better…

Saturdays, October 10 - October 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Jeffrey Hecker

Poetry of Self-Compassion

English poet, David Whyte, describes self-compassion as a form of faith, a way in which to converse with the world, and as poets, we can only best perform this act with innocent eyes. In this class, we will attempt to do just that. We will grant ourselves permission to wonder again, to gaze at the world freshly, to recognize our innate curiosities as our own spiritual journeys and to return to those curiosities with sacred ferocity. And in turn, hopefully,…

Saturdays, October 10 - October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Amanda Gomez

Dark Memoir

Writing the Dark Memoir is designed for the student who is struggling to find a safe audience and space to voice and express work that divulges sensitive material. The writers may not feel comfortable sharing mature or explicit material in a traditional classroom environment such as topics ranging from sexual abuse, grief/ death, trauma, drug addiction, incarceration, deep family secrets, guilt or shame. You find a safe haven here to share and critique without judgment. Whether you are working on…

Saturdays, October 10 - December 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Healing the Sting

We will use African-American history and honest discussion to create stories that will help springboard our community and nation to civil and true conversations which can lead to reconciliation. We will use all sorts of activities and arts, including storytelling, writing, roleplaying, and visual arts. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. *Student’s parent or legal guardian must complete Student Release in…

Sundays, October 11 - October 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Sheila Arnold
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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.