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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 2020

Unlock your Creative Voice with Guided Imagery and Music (Now Online)

Please note: This class will now have online meetings. Your teacher will contact you with information on how to join the online classroom. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. The Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM), developed by Dr. Helen Bonny in the 1960s, allows you to access your dream state and let go of barriers such as stress and fear so you can tap…

How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels

Comics are a magical blend of visuals and writing. Come engage this incredible medium--whether you draw or not! We'll cover comics from the ground up--from scripting the story to getting it out into the world. Topics include character design, the relationship between a writer and an artist, layout, and so much more. The course will comprise of fun exercises and lecture, along with some case studies and games to mix it up. No experience required. Let's make comics! Please note:…

Tuesdays, June 16 - August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

The Comic Book & Graphic Novel Workshop

For comic writers and artists looking to hone their works in progress, this workshop will emphasize critique and accountability. While retaining an element of lecture from Introduction to Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels, we will delve deeper into each student's comic project of choice, with the goal of polishing and revising our work. 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…

Thursdays, June 18 - August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

Five Amazing Ways to Improve Your Writing

Most writers, both new and experienced, have heard advice such as: "Write in the active voice; show don't tell; don't filter experiences; don't use vague words." Excellent wisdom, but how do you implement these ideas? What one word can you search for that highlights major improvement opportunities? What simple principle guarantees you'll write in active language? Join us and explore five methods to improve any prose, build an "in the now" narrative experience, and create scenes that MOVE--keeping your readers…

June 20 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Rick Eley

Resume Writing Workshop

In this two meeting workshop, you’ll get the tools you need to get your resume shaped up and ready for action. On your laptop, please have several postings for jobs that interest you, and we’ll Zoom together to learn the tips that will make your resume the one that’ll earn the interview. (After that, it’s up to you!) Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device…

Saturdays, June 20 - June 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Alison Schoew

Where Do I Begin?

So, if you’re like me, you have twenty different ideas about a hundred different stories that have been told a million times. That said, whether in a long piece of fiction or a short personal essay, there are specific tools writers use to begin a story. Likewise, the reader needs to follow you, and they, too, come to your story with their own ideas, stories, and past experiences. Essentially, we want our readers to care enough about our story to…

Techniques to Overcome 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!). 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…

June 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Patti McCracken

July 2020

How To Build Complicated Characters

In this seminar, through the examination of contemporary literary works and in-class exercises, we will analyze what elements of craft are necessary to create a voice for a nuanced, three-dimensional protagonist. This class will focus on the first-person point of view. Some questions we will address in this seminar: 1. How do you carry a story with an unpredictable narrator? 2. How do you capture a character's interiority? 3. How do you exhaust all of the power of "I"? 3.…

July 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Remy Smidt

Storytelling: The Stories Inside Us

In this 3-meeting seminar, we will find the stories that live inside us all. We will examine the ingredients needed to tell a personal story in such a way as to make it leap off our tongues and into the mind of a listener. Together, we’ll explore the various types of storytelling and gain insight into the growing professional community of storytellers. Join us for this interactive and participatory class. No previous storytelling experience is needed. Even if you aren’t…

Sundays, July 12 - July 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Sheila Arnold

Songwriting: The Lyrical Craft

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, July 15 - August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

The Essential Elements of Great Storytelling

In this course we will work three specific aspects of great storytelling. Whether writing a novel, memoir, or short story, your audience has certain expectations that need to be met. They want compelling characters to encounter danger in an unfamiliar place. If two people meet, then the reader wants to know who they are, where they’re meeting, and why they’re there. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a…

Creative Personal Affirmations

In this workshop, we will explore the power </span><span>of words and reframing. Participants will explore why affirmations have been used for thousands of years for personal power and how to craft the most effective affirmation for them. Reframing exercises will reveal how to change from negative language and mindset to a positive and empowered mindset to accomplish your goals in life and writing. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection…

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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.