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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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July 2022

Writing for Blogs

Thinking of starting a blog? It’s a great way to get your writing out into the world and build an audience. In this class we will explore how to start a blog and examine ways to keep a blog fresh and successful. Learn best practices for writing headlines, finding topics, crafting strong blog posts, promoting your blog and more.

Saturdays, July 9 - July 16 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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Stopping Writer’s Block

Every writer and aspiring writer’s biggest, baldest, meanest fear--the blank page. Writer’s block has plagued many a penman. But it is a bully easily beaten back with the right know-how. In this course, participants will gain a better understanding of why blocks occur and how to overcome them (or drill right through them!).

July 9 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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All About Author Platforms and Social Media

Building a platform and becoming familiar with social media is an important part of an author’s career. This workshop will cover: (1) what is an author platform and do you need one anyway? (2) online components of a platform: website, newsletter, blogs, and social media presence; (3) main social media sites useful to authors, with a special focus on Twitter and Instagram, and (4) ten signs of a successful platform. You will also learn the key thing to know about…

July 10 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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How to Submit Your Work to Magazines and Journals

You’ve crafted your writing; now it’s time to get it published! This two-session seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines from start to finish. First, we'll discuss our individual publishing challenges, review our work in an optional short workshop, and then start pulling together a submission while we learn about file organization, proper formatting, crafting a cover letter, finding markets that fit our work, and how to utilize social media. Then after we've…

Sundays, July 17 - July 24 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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How to Write Marginalized Characters

In today's publishing world, there has been more diversity in character representation throughout the years. What if you want to write about a character who does not share your background? In this course, we will go over best practices for research and portrayal of characters from all marginalized backgrounds. We will also go over the importance of considering the group that you are writing about before beginning your story.

July 17 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

Start Writing, Keep Writing… Write Now

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write--in the moment--to cues and prompts and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, nonfiction, fiction) to poetry. Class…

Mondays, July 18 - August 22 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

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Explore Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.

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

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Global Forest Biomes

Whether guarded by wise tree-shepherds or supporting life on an alien moon, forests have long been integral to fantasy and science fiction—as locations, environments, and even characters in their own right. But how you present forest ecosystems in your writing can add depth and verisimilitude to your fictional worlds. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will survey the scope and diversity of forest ecosystems, from flooded equatorial rainforest to snowbound boreal taiga. We will examine how climate, topography and…

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

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A Punctuation Refresher

“Let’s eat Grandma” or “Let’s eat, Grandma.” Commas might not save lives, but they sure help clarify written work. Can you imagine reading a story with no punctuation? It would be like driving with no traffic signs to guide you. Those little commas, semicolons, apostrophes, hyphens, quotation marks and periods help us navigate written work. Correct use of punctuation marks is governed by specific rules. Learn them in this seminar. When you submit your work, you don’t want editors to…

July 30 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:30 pm EDT

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August 2022

Songwriting 2 

When a song lyric hits you, it can take you back in time. In that mystical blend of melody and carefully crafted imagery, we can, for a time, be transported somewhere else. In Songwriting 2, we’ll bridge the gap between the tune and the lilt of the line, while finding our own, unique narrative voices. We will write 4 original songs during the class and workshop  them during weeks 3-6. Students will be invited to perform their work at a…

Wednesdays, August 3 - August 24 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
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One-Page Story Games

Roleplaying games are a unique form of collaborative storytelling--but they don't need to be complex. Like short fiction, sometimes the best stories are those that can be enjoyed in one sitting--and RPGs encourage a loose and lighthearted approach to your favorite genre. Learn to support your story concept with a simple game structure to create a fun and memorable storytelling experience to share with friends. Some popular examples of 1-page RPGs include: Honey Heist (plan and execute an elaborate heist,…

Saturdays, August 6 - August 27 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
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The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener

Scrivener is a streamlined and user friendly word processor that offers more to the writer than Microsoft Word or Mac Pages ever could. It’s designed for writing projects. You can organize your books, chapters, short stories, scenes, character sheets, setting descriptions, outlines, and anything else you can think of all in one easy-to-access document, which allows you to seamlessly switch between each element. To use the program to its full capacity, new users to the program need to know where…

August 6 @ 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.