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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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March 2021

Storytelling 1

In this 4-meeting workshop 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, March 7 - March 28 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Sheila Arnold

Comics & Graphic Novels 1

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:…

Thursdays, February 25 - May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Morgan Sawyer

The Worlds Next Door: A Grand Tour of Our Solar System

In recent years, so many planets have been discovered outside our solar system that the worlds close to home seem overlooked, if not taken for granted. But despite the attention further out, even the planets closest to us have a wealth of surprises, and each of them is fascinating and mysterious in its own right. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will look past the familiar names--Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn--to see each planet as a unique and often dynamic…

March 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: John Aguiar

April 2021

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, April 11 - April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Shannon Curtin

World Building: Oceans & Waterworlds

Our global ocean defines our world and makes life possible, and our search for life elsewhere is based on the premise that this will hold true on other worlds as well. But how and why is the ocean so important to life on Earth, and will other living worlds also need oceans? In this Research for Writers seminar, we will explore the many layers of our ocean, from its sunlit surface to the frigid and lightless seafloor. We will examine…

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: John Aguiar

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…

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Teacher: Linda Carol Cobb

Making the EP: A DIY Beginners Guide to Recording and Releasing your Music

Join Emmy Award-winning songwriter & producer Skye Zentz on an afternoon journey through the process of writing, organizing, and strategically releasing your music from home! We’ll cover every side of the process, from song choice and concept development to recording software, release platforms and some hints on mixing and arranging like a pro. All students should have some songwriting background but no musical instrument proficiency is necessary. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have…

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Skye Zentz

The Art of Writing Fighting

A good fight can tell a great story. Whether it’s two boxers in the ring or a sword fight between arch rivals, every fight tells a story. But what story does it tell? And what story do you want it to tell? In this seminar, we’ll go over the big and small details of writing a fight scene. Whether it is hand-to-hand, sword-to-sword or jet-to-jet, we’ll go over positioning, dialogue, tracking movements and how to tell a bigger story with…

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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.