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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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January 2020

The Snowglobe: A Midwinter Songwriting Retreat

The new year is the perfect time for beginning new projects, and exploring new angles of ourselves. In this one day Songwriting Retreat, we'll spend time on 3 aspects of the creative process: Dreaming, Building and Repurposing. We'll play with writing in new genres, and you'll be invited to shake things up and reinvigorate your established creative routines. In this day of imagination and discovery, you'll get the opportunity to start several new songs and share the process with a…

January 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Skye Zentz

Food Blogging from Start to Finish

Learn how to share your food experiences--whether in a kitchen or a restaurant--through blogging with Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton. We explore the essence of eating, and learn how to express your thoughts in a clear, concise and compelling way. We will be eating--and imbibing--and getting the most from all of our senses to fully appreciate food and drink through the written word and photography. In this introduction to food blogging, learn about the…

Sundays, January 5 - January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions

February 2020

Writing a Resume that Works

In this one-time workshop, you’ll get the tools you need to get your resume shaped up and ready for action. Bring your laptop and several postings for jobs that interest you, and learn the tips that will make your resume the one that’ll earn the interview. (After that, it’s up to you!)

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Alison Schoew

Love Is A Strange Hotel or Love is Honeysuckle-Cinnamon or Love is Black Ice on a Bright Day

Though we yearn for intimate connection--physical and emotional--romantic relationships are both a source of deep delight as well as a cause for grave anxiety and sorrow. In this workshop, we will write about the complexities of the heart using personal experience as fuel. Using humor or pathos or various combinations of both, the goal is to develop a greater comfort with our emotional-relational lives. This will easily transfer to writing about other aspects of experience because what grips us is…

Saturdays, February 1 - February 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

5 sessions
Teacher: Tim Seibles

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

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Evenings

In this advanced workshop, experienced students working on personal essays and memoir chapters will receive guidance, support and feedback. We'll continue to shape experiences and their meanings on the page; discuss higher level elements of craft and structures; and create strategies for revision. We’ll also use prompts, exercises, and discussions based on readings by notable authors, to generate new scenes and stories. Each member of the group will have at least two opportunities to be critiqued during the session.  

Wednesdays, February 5 - April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Christine Koubek

How to Write Creatively about Mental Illness: Pop Culture vs. Science

This seminar is designed for writers who want to improve their understanding of mental illnesses and write creatively about them. The class begins with basic facts about different types of mental health issues, then analyzes story lines and characters in popular books and shows such as: anxiety (Vertigo), depression (The Girl on the Train),  addictions (Mom), autism spectrum (Rain Man), and Alzheimer’s (Still Alice). Using a "Character Development Tool" provided in class, students will write a scene which includes a…

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Marilyn Barton

Developing Personal Power as Writers

In this workshop we will explore the sources of writer’s block, procrastination, and self-sabotage through the practice of deconstructing desires, habits, and deep rooted beliefs. This workshop will include an examination of the power of words. Participants will walk away with unique ways to organize their schedule and tools to remain positive when feeling overwhelmed.

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Anna Fitzgerald

Writing the Killer Plot

Does your plot provide the structure your work needs & deserves? Will your plot line grab the attention of readers/reviewers/agents? With this seminar, your story becomes more powerful, your characters reach their full potential. Writing the Killer Plot (WKP) works for fiction or non-fiction, and comes with unique perspective and concise diagramming tools. From early concept to your work in progress, WKP is for writers of all levels. Workbook© provided.

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Malcom Massey

Creative Block Breakers: Fun Recipes for Spontaneous Inspiration

Finding it hard to summon the muse lately? Are your characters, stories, songs or poems lacking variety or needing a little shift? Spend an afternoon playing with words, diving into unique writing prompts and finding some fun new ways to approach creative writing. We'll work on engaging our senses, and using a variety of stimuli to spark a variety of writing styles and creative activities. This class is open to literary, visual, and musical artists. Please bring a notebook; all…

February 9 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Skye Zentz

Nonfiction in a Flash: Monday Evenings

In this workshop, creative nonfiction and memoir writers will explore the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will discuss and discover the many craft elements that make flash nonfiction an engaging, experimental and exciting genre! Every session we will generate and critique our small memoir and nonfiction stories and essays and focus on the unique opportunities that flash gives every creative nonfiction writer. Working in a shorter form allows you take a fresh look at…

Mondays, February 10 - April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

Write Anything: Six Tuesday Evenings

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 a different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative…

Tuesdays, February 11 - March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sarah Pringle
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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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