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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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December 2022

Writing a Sense of Place & Setting

This seminar is designed for writers who wish to develop the sense of place in their fiction. Through an engaging process of providing examples, sharing ideas, and writing prompts, writers will further develop the sense of place in their stories by exploring their characters and their view of the world. We will study such writers as Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Louise Erdrich, Larry McMurtry, and James Baldwin. Students will write or revise a scene, discovering how to build worlds through imagery,…

December 3 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

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The Path to Publication: An Agent’s Point of View

So you've written your book, now what? Join us for a class on how to craft a grabbing elevator pitch, where to find an agent, what to do and say on an agent call, what you can expect from your representative, and everything that follows writing a book with literary agent Jessica Errera.

December 3 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

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The Power of Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding, the process of constructing a fictional setting to place a story's plot and characters within, is a fundamental and defining cornerstone to the fantasy and science fiction genres. But where should one begin when creating a new world? How does one create worlds that feel rich and tangible without bogging readers down in so much information that the story itself loses its pace and intrigue? How can writers use a story's world to strengthen its very structure? These are…

December 3 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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The Deep History of English

What languages existed in ancient Europe before the advent of the modern Indo-European family? How far back can we trace these languages, and how are they woven into the tapestry of the English we use today? In this two-part Writers Knowledge seminar, we will begin with the ancient Paleo-European languages, including two cultures which have survived into historical times—the Basques and the Etruscans—and see how words from these languages have entered modern English. From there we will survey the development…

Sundays, December 4 - December 11 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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Parachuting Into a Brush Fire: A Workshop On Writing a Brevity Essay

Twenty-five years ago, the affable and well-named Dinty Moore created an online magazine he named Brevity. At the time, brief pieces of nonfiction—flash memoirs—were something new. How much fire could one create in 750 words or less? Early on, Moore was asked to define a Brevity essay. “My only original dictum was ‘scene and story over explanation’,” he wrote. As time went on, and after receiving hundreds (now thousands) of submissions, he realized that a Brevity essay could take many…

Sundays, December 4 - December 11 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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Submitting Your Writing to Magazines, Journals, and Publishers

Are you too worried about rejection to submit your work for publication? Maybe you have submitted, but you’re unsure of the process. Or perhaps you'd just like to know how to get started with submissions. No matter the case, this session is for you! We'll explore many reasons why most work is rejected, and how to position yours for the best acceptance chances. From formatting to finding the right publications, from tracking your subs to keeping a positive attitude, we'll…

December 10 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

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Explore Calligraphy: The Art of Elegant Handwriting

Explore calligraphy, the art of elegant handwriting. Students will be introduced to italic letterforms using square-nibbed felt tip pens as writing tools. This seminar will provide a foundation for developing your own personal style of italic handwriting. A materials list and suggested places to purchase materials will be provided by the teacher.

December 10 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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Writing Romance

Romance is one of the most popular—and most lucrative—literary genres, but it’s also one of the most creative! From edgy romantic suspense to sweet second-chance romance there’s something in the romance genre for everyone, even if they don’t realize it yet. This seminar will introduce participants to the basics of the romance genre, with a special focus on the structure of a typical romance novel, including character arcs and, of course, the romance arc—so if you’re a non-romance writer looking…

December 10 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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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.