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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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August 2022

Songwriting 2 

When a song lyric hits you, it can take you back in time. In that mystical blend of melody and carefully crafted imagery, we can, for a time, be transported somewhere else. In Songwriting 2, we’ll bridge the gap between the tune and the lilt of the line, while finding our own, unique narrative voices. We will write 4 original songs during the class and workshop  them during weeks 3-6. Students will be invited to perform their work at a…

Wednesdays, August 3 - August 24 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
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Witnesses and Suspects: Police Interviews, Interrogations, and Investigations 

“Book ‘em, Danno!” Tales of crime and punishment often take central stage in our stories. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police officer, you’ll be able to better understand and write your own characters and plot-lines, whether you are writing crime stories, mysteries, or detective stories, or simply need a better understanding of police procedures and investigation to make a character or story-line ring true. Topics covered include: arrests and interrogation, police intelligence and investigations, lie…

August 6 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener

Scrivener is a streamlined and user friendly word processor that offers more to the writer than Microsoft Word or Mac Pages ever could. It’s designed for writing projects. You can organize your books, chapters, short stories, scenes, character sheets, setting descriptions, outlines, and anything else you can think of all in one easy-to-access document, which allows you to seamlessly switch between each element. To use the program to its full capacity, new users to the program need to know where…

August 6 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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Making Historical Writing Real

Do you have an awesome idea for a piece of historical fiction, but it’s set in ancient Rome and your only knowledge of the period is based solely on the movie “Gladiator” or Monty Python’s “Life of Brian?” How about if you have a killer idea for a medieval story, but the brutality of “Braveheart” and “Game of Thrones” is all you can think of? Maybe you want to set it more recent, like World War II; was the world…

August 6 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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Write Strong Characters

This seminar is designed for writers who want to sharpen their ability writing fully fleshed out characters. We will examine how writers can create main and supporting characters who mirror each other in order to clarify conflict, plot, and themes. The class begins with examples of such pairings of characters from various writers such as Edward P. Jones, Kiese Laymon, Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, and Lorrie Moore. After some examination and discussion, students will work on prompts that will help…

August 6 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

One-Page Story Games

Roleplaying games are a unique form of collaborative storytelling--but they don't need to be complex. Like short fiction, sometimes the best stories are those that can be enjoyed in one sitting--and RPGs encourage a loose and lighthearted approach to your favorite genre. Learn to support your story concept with a simple game structure to create a fun and memorable storytelling experience to share with friends. Some popular examples of 1-page RPGs include: Honey Heist (plan and execute an elaborate heist,…

Saturdays, August 6 - August 27 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
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Weaving Multiple Plotlines and POVs to Keep Your Reader Turning the Page

Writers of best-selling fiction craft multi-layered, action-intense stories. Linear plots and single-POV characters work, but complex stories engage readers and keep them turning the page. This two-part seminar employs examples from popular fiction authors (George RR Martin, JK Rowling, Michael Connolly, Karin Slaughter, Jayne Ann Krentz, and others) to demonstrate the techniques for crafting a novel using interrelated multiple points of view and plot threads. Structural examples will show how to segment each within a story for maximum impact, how…

Sundays, August 7 - August 14 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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Creative Writing Camp: Middle School (ages 11-13)

The Muse Youth Summer Camp is a great opportunity for middle school aged creative writers to have fun with words--both out loud and on paper. During each day of this morning camp, we’ll explore a different type of creative writing and expression. We’ll try our hands at poetry with Skye Zentz, sharing what we like and writing short poems together. We’ll have a chance to write what we think about ourselves and the world around us and make up new…

Mondays, August 8 - August 12 @ 9:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

5 sessions
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Creative Writing Camp: High School (ages 14-17)

The Muse Youth Summer Camp is a great opportunity for high school level creative writers to have fun with words–both out loud and on paper. During each day of this afternoon camp, we’ll explore a different type of creative writing and expression. Teachers will lead breakout groups with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. Each day will have a different focus: Poetry and spoken word with Jeffrey Hecker. Fiction with a special emphasis on speculative with Jessica Grace Kelley. Writing and…

Mondays, August 8 - August 12 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 4:00 pm EDT

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Creative Writing INDOC: Putting Military Stories on the Page

Learn everything you need to know to start sharing stories. As a member of the United States military, you are bound to have many unique experiences. Rather than trying to explain to someone that “they had to have been there,” learn the skill of creative writing and put your stories on the page so they can come alive and be experienced by every reader. Learn the practical basics or sharpen your skills with the help of a veteran who is…

August 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

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Somewhere Cozy: Setting in the Cozy Mystery

Sherlock Holmes said, "The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes." From cookies to cats, waitresses to witches, murder to misdemeanors, a mystery happens somewhere, and in a cozy mystery, that setting is of the utmost importance, becoming a character all its own. We will take Sherlock's line as our guide as we examine the importance of setting in the cozy mystery, how we can use it to our advantage, and then work on…

August 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

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You Talkin’ to Me? Writing Great Dialogue

With great dialogue, you can almost feel readers lean in to the page so they won’t miss a word. Every word counts. In this seminar, you’ll find the best ways to make your characters’ dialogue both dynamic and natural as well as unique to their specific character. You’ll discover how to avoid chit-chat and write dialogue that has a true punch. Learn to better engage readers as you listen for the silence between the words as well as the words…

August 13 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

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