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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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August 2020

Visual Journaling Workshop: 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 break from structured writing, and combine words with visual elements. We will paint, draw, write, and collage to explore our stream of consciousness and talk about how this can be incorporated in our own writing practice. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a…

Sundays, August 9 - August 23 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Christine Rucker

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! *Students under…

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

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 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

Keep ‘Em On the Edge of Their Seats: 6 Techniques to Create Suspense in Your Story

Description coming soon. 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.

August 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Jean Klein

Patience and Publishing: A Guide to Getting Published

Most writers dream of publishing a book with a hard cover, amazing cover art, and their photo on the dust jacket. But how do we get there? In this seminar, we will discuss various paths to publishing--the successes, the failures, and even more of the failures. We will learn strategies for presenting our stories to magazines, agents, and publishers, from choosing the best agency for your work to developing an attention grabbing query letter. We will also discuss specific markets…

August 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Patrick Dacey

The Snowflake Method: Turning a Single Idea into a Novel-in One Morning

Do you want to write a novel, but you're stuck figuring out how to start? Or maybe you already have a great synopsis--but how do you convert that into ninety-thousand words? In this workshop we'll explore a near-effortless way to take a simple idea and build it into a story of any length and genre, fiction or nonfiction. Whether you write novels, short stories, or screenplays, Snowflake is the best way to create the foundation for your work. With this…

August 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Rick Eley

How to Write True Crime

This seminar will take you behind the scenes to show how true-crime writers work. Participants will learn how to delve into archival material; they will learn the craft of documentary-style structure, how to create effective, multiple, correlative timelines, as well as how to interview in regard to sensitive subject matters. This is not internet sleuthing, but true-crime storytelling. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device…

August 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Patti McCracken
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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.