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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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June 2022

2022 Teen Writers Fellowship Class (Summer)

Summer class for accepted members of the 2022 Teen Writers Fellowship. You must be an accepted fellow in the 2022 class to register for this class.

Thursdays, June 16 - August 25 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Teen Fellowship Advanced Workshop

Teen Writers Fellowship

Teen workshop for those who have completed the Teen Writers Fellowship in 2020/2021, and have not yet graduated from high school. Only Fellows who match these criteria are eligible for this workshop. Fellows will need to be signed into their Muse accounts in order to register. If you have issues with signing up please contact our Youth Coordinator Jessica Grace Kelley at jessica@the-muse.org.

Thursdays, June 23 - August 4 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

4 sessions
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July 2022

Teen Writing Level 1

Teen Writing Class

Teen Writing Level 1 explores the fundamentals of writing and encourages each student to find their individual writing voice. During this class, students will explore their creative expression through unique prompts, exercises, in-class writing, and opportunities to share and discuss their work. The final class culminates in a live reading which friends and family are invited to attend. Please Note: Students must take this class and have teacher approval before enrolling in Teen Writing Level 2. All students under the…

Saturdays, July 9 - August 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Teen Writing Level 2

Teen Writing Class

Teen Writing Level 2 encourages students to expand their creative writing by challenging them to elevate their creative voices with new writing techniques.  During class, students learn in-depth literary craft techniques through lessons, exercises, and prompts. Popular topics include villain archetypes, magic system basics, how to write a fight scene, and more! At the end of class, students explore these new techniques by writing and sharing their work.  This class is open to teens ages 12-17 who have completed the…

Saturdays, July 9 - August 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions

Young Writers Workshop

Join local songwriter Skye Zentz and Comic writer Kristin Mahaffey as they guide children ages 9-11 through the basics of creative writing in this multi-genre workshop. The Young Writers Workshop explores a wide variety of genres and topics, including poetry, fiction, comics, and songwriting! During class, students engage their creative expression through various prompts, exercises, in-class writing sessions, and opportunities to share their work. All forms of creative writing are welcome. This course is open to all young writers, with…

Sundays, July 10 - July 31 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
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August 2022

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

5 sessions
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October 2022

Advanced Workshop for High School Seniors

Teen Writing Class

In depth workshop for advanced teen writers. Class meets bi-weekly, students submit up to five pages of writing one week before the class and are expected to be prepared to discuss each piece during class. Only open to muse students who have completed the Teen Writers Fellowship and have not yet graduated from high school, or high school seniors with previous workshop experience. If you would like to apply, please contact our Youth Coordinator Jessica Grace Kelley at jessica@the-muse.org. Teen…

Thursdays, October 13 - December 8 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
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Creative Writing for High School Teens

Teen Writing Class

Creative Writing for High School Teens encourages students to expand their creative writing by challenging them to elevate their creative voices with new writing techniques. During class, students learn in-depth literary craft techniques through lessons, exercises, and prompts. Popular topics include villain archetypes, magic system basics, how to write a fight scene, poetry, screenwriting, and more! At the end of class, students explore these new techniques by writing and sharing their work.  The final class is an in-person reading at…

Saturdays, October 15 - November 19 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Creative Writing for Middle School Youth

Teen Writing Class

Creative Writing for Middle School Youth (ages 11 to younger 14-year-olds) explores the fundamentals of creative writing and encourages each student to find their individual writing voice, no matter the genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, songwriting, screenwriting). Students will explore their creative expression through unique prompts, exercises, in-class writing, and opportunities to share and discuss their work. Popular topics include Slaying the Villain, Where a Story Starts, songwriting, Duo Poetry, and more! The final class culminates in a live reading which…

Saturdays, October 15 - November 19 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
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Young Writers Workshop

Join local songwriter Skye Zentz and Comic writer Kristin Mahaffey as they guide children ages 7-10 through the basics of creative writing in this multi-genre workshop. The Young Writers Workshop explores a wide variety of genres and topics, including poetry, fiction, comics, and songwriting! During class, students engage their creative expression through various prompts, exercises, in-class writing sessions, and opportunities to share their work. All forms of creative writing are welcome. This course is open to all young writers, with…

Saturdays, October 15 - November 5 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

4 sessions
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November 2022

Beginners Guide to Songwriting for Teens

Join local songwriter Skye Zentz, as she introduces songwriting in a fun and enriching afternoon at The Muse Writers Center. You’ll gain the basics of lyrical composition, and we’ll explore various genres and song styles both individually and in collaboration with other students. The course is open to all teen music enthusiasts with or without any experience playing a musical instrument. Please Note: All students under the age of 18 must have permission from a parent or legal guardian in…

November 12, 2022 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

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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.