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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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, June 16 - July 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Journaling is an intimate process of self awareness and discovery. The visual journal is unique because it contains part visual art elements and part words. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then visual journals are highly expressive tools for creative and non-creative folk alike. This class focuses on building upon your visual journaling, diary or art-making habits. This semester's theme is "Freedom From..." Participants will receive a prompt each class, learn two art techniques (making sunrises/sets with pastels…
Saturdays, June 26 - August 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Getting organized as a creative person requires us to think in nontraditional ways. There’s no one person exactly like you, so why should your organizational methods be a cookie-cutter catch-all? In this class you will learn how to assess your current organizing system & build a framework for getting AND staying organized. This framework includes: understanding personal energy levels, time-blocking, mental obstacles behind successful habit formation, and triggers to behaviors/patterns that have prevented you from remaining organized in the past.…
June 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
In this seminar we'll explore twenty (or more) proven methods to improve your writing. Many authors struggle with the same issues, often without knowing why they struggle. We all want to produce tighter, meaningful, more exciting prose, but how do we do it? Learning these twenty guidelines is a great step toward creating material that captivates your readers. Writers of any level will appreciate these concepts I have (painfully) learned after much study, practice, and critique. Why not skip the…
July 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Roleplaying games are a unique form of collaborative storytelling, as players explore an imagined world through the eyes of their characters. They are also fantastic inspiration generators for writers, weaving dynamic, spontaneous, and deeply immersive stories. This course combines writing prompts and short roleplaying game sessions to create compelling characters, evocative settings and dramatic scenes where the story emerges through collaborative play. Each session we will focus on a different foundational element of roleplaying games, then play a short game…
Saturdays, July 10 - July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
When characters talk to each other, the story moves forward and the reader learns about the speaker. In this class, you’ll learn how to find the right words to put into the mouths of your characters. We'll dig into the do's and don'ts of creating effective dialogue and, through writing exercises, learn how dialogue can transform story telling into story showing.
July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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!
Wednesdays, July 14 - August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Are you ready to launch your writing career? You’ll need an online presence where readers can find you. In this class, we’ll work through the step-by-step process of setting up the typical three-page author website. Plus, we will explore how to start a blog and examine ways to keep a blog fresh and successful. Students should plan to bring a laptop to class to complete in-class exercises.
Saturdays, July 17 - July 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Course description coming soon. David is looking forward to working with you in this seminar.
July 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
By popular demand, Flash Fiction 2 is a continuation of the Flash Fiction Workshop 1. This class will build on the foundations from the first workshop, focusing on: the contemporary and historical roots of flash fiction, the freedom of form, the importance of taking risks, in-depth editing techniques, and the future of flash fiction as we know it. Join us as we learn to write a flash fiction story that “encases its own separate note, the way each drop engulfs…
Wednesdays, July 21 - August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
In this seminar, we will look at making the most out of what’s on the page. Often, after a few drafts, we still don’t feel fully invested in our own work. What’s missing? Have I entertained every possibility? Am I willing to get a little weird to make this story pop? Through an engaging process of sharing ideas, writing prompts, and revision, we will further develop the characters, settings, and plots that your story has had all along, but just…
July 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Sherlock Holmes said, “There is nothing like first-hand evidence.” Every case is different, but the kinds of clues a good detective seeks are often very similar from one case to another. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police officer, you will be led through a real case, following the detectives as they uncover leads and find a path to justice. Through an examination of how detectives do their work, you’ll be able to better understand and…
July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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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.