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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 2020

Metaphysical Secrets

Come and explore methods for opening your mind to unseen levels of your writing--before or after writing it. Meditation, guided imagery, and the pendulum will be introduced and demonstrated. Examples of depth of meaning will include symbolism, color interpretation, and numerology. Body, mind, and spirit interact as physical, mental, and spiritual interpretations of the universal mind. The seminar includes lecture, discussion, and writing prompts.

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

Teacher: Fran Ward

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. Session cost includes $8 materials fee.

Sundays, March 15 - March 29 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Christine Rucker

Comic Book Writing

Comics are a magical blend of writing and illustration. But what makes a comic a comic, and not just a picture book? And how do you make one? In this one-off session, we will go over the mechanics of making a comic, as well scripting and have different prompts for exercises. No “talent” for drawing required; comics are for everyone! Participating Minors: All children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (15+ and…

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

Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

April 2020

Ukulele Performance Workshop

This class will build upon the fundamentals of Ukulele playing while growing your confidence and performance skills. We'll mix in some fun new chords and incorporate a variety of strumming and picking patterns, developing our own personal playing styles. This class will culminate in a UKEBOX Open Mic where each student will have a chance to prepare, arrange and perform a song of their choice for a supportive audience of ukulele lovers! Ukulele for Beginners (or a comparable level of…

Thursdays, April 2 - April 23 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm

4 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.  

Thursdays, February 27 - April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

Being History: Character Interpretation in Storytelling

Using character interpretation in storytelling is a wonderful teaching and presentation method that is often used in museums, schools, and cultural attractions, by teachers, storytellers, and students alike. Learn to present historical information as a person from history. You will have the opportunity to become a historical character and practice immediately the techniques and lessons taught. A 1-meeting, morning and afternoon seminar with lunch break.

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!

Thursdays, March 12 - April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

Building Better Worlds

A big part of writing is building a world for your characters to inhabit. It doesn't matter if you write science fiction, fantasy, or something more down to Earth, one of the first things a writer must do is build their world. From something as simple as building a fictional town for your coming of age story, or literally building worlds and universes in the fantasy or science fiction genres, in this seminar you will learn the tricks for making…

Lost Languages: Uncovering Ancient Writing and Pictographs

From strange proto-alphabets in Celtic Spain to the cave-writing of prehistoric China, ancient scripts give us tantalizing clues to the origins of writing and the literary mind. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will survey some of the world’s oldest and most mysterious writing systems, many of which have yet to be deciphered. We will begin by examining three successful decipherments: how a young scholar in France solved the puzzle of Egyptian hieroglyphs; how an architect revealed the meaning…

How to Edit Your Own Writing

You're done writing, but before you present your work to your publisher or readers--print or online--you want to polish. How do you switch from writer to editor? How do assess your work from 10,000 feet and sentence by sentence? How do you hunt down and eliminate inaccuracies, tighten flabby prose, and correct common mistakes in grammar and usage? The class will offer a thorough method of editing and will include editing exercises. We can also cover how to write killer…

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

Teacher: Dan Duke

The Big Art: Living Creatively

Erich Fromm said, ”…not only medicine, engineering and painting (I would include writing) are arts; living is an art.” Living creatively may be the biggest art. This seminar explores ways to include creativity in daily activities. Ask me about the creative habits of Victor Hugo or Gertrude Stein. I provide the activities and materials; you do; you create; you decide what works for you. In the long run, a more creative life may mean more creative writing, or painting or...

May 2020

Preparing for Your Reading

Learn to bring your writing to life at public readings and open-mics. This interactive, small-group workshop will focus on simple oral and physical techniques to teach you the skills to read like a pro. You’ll practice reading your own writing--with constructive feedback--to help you become an effective, engaging reader.

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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.

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