Skip to content

Loading Events

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.

Class at The Muse

Search our classes by genre, level, and time of day below.

August 2022

Events Search and Views Navigation

..

Calendar Color Guide

In Person Events & Classes

Online Events & Classes

October 2022

Memoir Exploration 

Is there a moment or series of moments in time that you’d like to bring to life on the page? In this exploratory class, we will tap into our personal histories listening closely to ourselves and asking what stories are ready to be unearthed. We’ll look at the craft of memoir as a whole, and explore selections from phenomenal authors while digging deep into our own repertoire of memories. Brainstorming techniques such as guided imagery, music, and light meditation will…

Wednesdays, October 5 - December 12 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher:

Science Fiction & Fantasy Workshop

Do you take your fiction with a side of aliens, superheroes, dragons, or witches? Then this is the workshop for you! Together we will consider those elements of writing which are crucial to crafting compelling speculative stories, such as building our own worlds, extrapolating the fantastic from reality, and creating compelling non-human characters. In addition to discussing classic and contemporary SFF works, you will participate in writing exercises and bring in your own work for critique. All members of the…

Wednesdays, October 5 - December 14 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher:

Poetry 3: Going Deeper with Revision & Workshop

You've been crafting poetry and you've successfully made use of several forms and styles. It's time to take a more critical look at what makes a poem appeal to a greater audience, and to consider what makes a poem a contender for publication. In Poetry Level 3, you'll have the opportunity for a more immersive experience through a deeper workshop of your poems. You'll closely read fellow poets as they closely read your work to help prepare for revision and…

Wednesdays, October 5 - December 14 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher:

Nonfiction 1: The Art of Writing True Stories (Thursday Mornings)

The truth doesn’t have to be written like a textbook. The truth can be exciting and gut wrenching and exotic. “True Stories Told Well,” is the definition given by Lee Gutkind, the founder and publisher of Creative Nonfiction Magazine of the 4th genre known in some circles as “Creative Nonfiction.” In this class we will discover that the difference between Nonfiction and “Creative Nonfiction” isn’t the truth; the difference is the flavor in which the story is written. Whether it…

Thursdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher:
Level:

Fiction 2: Deeper into Character & Story (Thursday Mornings)

The fiction writing journey continues where Fiction 1 left off. Returning students and writers new to The Muse (who have fiction writing experience) will be encouraged to produce and submit original work for discussion by the group in the workshop format. In addition, participants will take a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing, with a focus on building rounded, dynamic characters and an engaging narrative with a living world/setting. All genres of fiction are accepted and…

Thursdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher:

The Fiction Workshop (Thursday Evenings)

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning members and new members who have fiction writing workshop experience. Members of the group will workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. Topics such as POV, scene writing, dialogue and more may be explored through short lectures or study of published stories. Students will continue to develop critiquing skills and master writing active prose. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit…

Thursdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher:

The Advanced Poetry Workshop

The Advanced Poetry Workshop is open to students who have completed previous workshop-level classes at The Muse or those who have extensive workshop or graduate-level experience. This class focuses on writing, criticism, and the exploration of contemporary poetic discourse. Students at this level are writing poetry with an increased focus on creating an individual voice and emotional richness. Students will be expected to submit regularly and provide thoughtful feedback to classmates.

Thursdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher:

Poetry 1: Learning to Write Poetry

Whether you’re brand new to poetry or just need a refresher on the craft of writing poems, this class will focus on the fundamentals of what makes a great poem. With a strong emphasis on how to read a poem as a writer, this class mixes both traditional and formal poetry with modern contemporary examples and covers the basics of form and language. This class will help you build your toolbox of literary devices to begin crafting poems on your…

Thursdays, October 6 - November 17 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher:
Level:

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...

October 8 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

Teacher:

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning members and new members having poetry writing experience. Fresh, intriguing poetry prompts offer group members the opportunity to experiment with various styles, forms, subjects and themes, and in doing so, will clarify their own voices as they actively write and revise original poems. Each workshop will include consideration of an aspect of craft based on assigned readings, as well as close reading of select poems by outstanding poets past and present to open up…

Mondays, October 10 - December 19 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher:

The Fiction Workshop (Tuesday Mornings)

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning members and new members with fiction writing workshop experience. Members of the group will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. Each class will include a short craft lecture covering topics such as POV, writing scenes, dialogue, plotting, POV, and more. Students will continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique and master writing active prose. All members of the…

Tuesdays, October 11 - December 20 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher:

Fiction 2: Deeper into Character & Story (Tuesday Evenings)

The fiction writing journey continues where Fiction 1 left off. Returning students and writers new to The Muse (who have fiction writing experience) will be encouraged to produce and submit original work for discussion by the group in the workshop format. In addition, participants will take a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing, with a focus on building rounded, dynamic characters and an engaging narrative with a living world/setting. All genres of fiction are accepted and…

Tuesdays, October 11 - December 13 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher:
+ Export Events

Accessibility for Those with Disabilities

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.