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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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June 2022

Fiction 1: Thursday Mornings 

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, June 30 - August 18 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
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Introduction to Screenwriting 

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…

Thursdays, June 30 - August 18 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
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July 2022

Exploring Novel Plotting Methods: How to Easily Create a Story Blueprint

Are you starting a novel? Perhaps you're trying to bulldoze through one, without solid ideas of why and how the story unfolds. Or maybe you've already written a draft, but you're beset with problems trying to bring it all together. Many suffer under the false belief that something as complicated as a novel can be created without solid planning. But you can't build a house by winging it, slapping down boards wherever you like. You can't build the roof first,…

July 9 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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Visual Journaling: 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 quick break from structured writing and combine words with visual elements, also looking at other artists’ journals. This semester, we will try simple art techniques to explore our stream of consciousness and talk about how this can be incorporated in our writing practice. 

July 9 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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Write Anything 

This general creative writing class is an invitation to hone your unique writing voice in a creative and open atmosphere. You will have the unique opportunity to explore what you enjoy, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. This multi-genre workshop is an excellent first writing class as well as a place for seasoned writers to explore different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts,…

Tuesdays, July 12 - August 16 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Creative Writing Fiction – Armed Services Arts Partnership

Class sessions are three hours each week over six weeks. Summer term sessions start as early as Wednesday, July 13th. Complete the Application Here: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/69296-Armed-Services-Arts-Partnership-Asap Fall term sessions start as early as Saturday, September 24th. We will share the specific dates, times, and location with you during the admission process. REQUIREMENTS: This class is open to veterans, service members, military family members, and military caregivers.

Wednesdays, July 13 - August 17 @ 5:30 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Creative Nonfiction 1 

“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…

Wednesdays, July 13 - August 17 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Creative Writing Camp for Adults

Each hour in this fun, day-long Friday “camp” for adult creative writers, we’ll explore different aspects of writing and the writing life. During parts of the day, all attendees will write together as well as enjoy camp-wide addresses and workshops by former Virginia Poet Laureate Tim Seibles and Pulitzer Prize-nominated journalist Desiree Cooper. Plus 12 breakout sessions will allow you to explore craft, professional development, and/or fun. Topics will include the writers life, point of view, prompt writing, detective stories,…

Tell Me A Story

In this workshop led by National Book Award Nominee and former Virginia Poet Laureate, Tim Seibles, we will develop narrative poems that carry specific details and insights of remembered moments--particularly those from our teenage years. There will be both in-class and beyond-class writing/reading assignments. Come ready to write with a fever and feel your brain sizzle. Fiction writers also welcome.

Saturdays, July 16 - July 17 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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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.

July 23 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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Twenty Ways to Immediately Improve Your Writing 

In this seminar we’ll explore twenty (or more) proven methods to improve your writing. Many authors struggle with the same issues, often without knowing why they struggle. We all want to produce tighter, meaningful, more exciting prose, but how do we do it? Learning these twenty guidelines is a great step toward creating material that captivates your readers. Writers of any level will appreciate these concepts I have (painfully) learned after much study, practice, and critique. Why not skip the…

July 23 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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Buffing and Polishing: The Art of the Rewrite

You've finally finished your manuscript and now you're ready to tell Oprah all about it. Not so fast. The best writing is REwriting. In this session, you'll learn practical ways to put your writing on a flab-burning diet so that your copy is tight, trim and hot -- and all without even having to step onto a treadmill. A big chunk of this is a writing lab, so be sure to bring pen and paper.

July 23 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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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.