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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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September 2021

Write Now! with The Muse Writers Center

Find The Muse and WRITE NOW! Do you wonder if you can write? Have you always wanted to write a story? Are you looking for a little inspiration? Do you need a little creative motivation? Well, we believe that everyone has a story and everyone can write it. You just need some inspiration and motivation! Come on down, join us and Write Now! A talented Muse teacher will lead you through an easy, fun, and creative workshop full of writing…

Tuesdays, September 28 - November 23 @ 5:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT

3 sessions

October 2021

Teen Writing Level 1: Creative Writing

This class will explore the fundamentals of craft and will ground the student in the language and techniques necessary to take their writing to the next level. The class will be a mix of readings, in-class exercises, and prompts. The class culminates in a reading which friends and family are invited to attend. Students must take this class before enrolling in Writing Level 2: Intermediate Workshop.  This class is taught by Jessica Kelley and Jeffrey Hecker. Please Note: All students…

Saturdays, October 2 - December 11 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

5 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley

Teen Writers Club

A bi-weekly, virtual social club for teens to chat about writing and write together! Hosted by The Muse Writers Center. Register to join!

Sundays, September 19 - December 5 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

6 sessions
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ODU LitFest: Opening Reception (with Reading by Elaine Fletcher Chapman & Greg Larson)

Join The Muse Writers Center and Old Dominion University as we gather for an opening reception for the 44th Annual ODU Literary Festival: Afterwards. Presenters, participants, and attendees of the festival along with students, teachers, and friends of The Muse and the ODU MFA in Creative Writing program are welcome to enjoy hors d’oeuveres and conversation (with a cash bar). A brief reading by Elaine Fletcher Chapman and Greg Larson will begin the reception. The event is free and open…

October 3 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

Writing about Sexuality in Memoir

No exploration about relationships would be complete without an honest inquiry into our attitudes and beliefs about sex and sexuality, as well as how we express that aspect of our beings in our romantic relationships.  Everyone has had a sexual experience whether pleasant or damaging that could be included in their memoir. That’s part of being human. Yet it remains a relatively taboo, “delicate” topic to write about.  Sex is a real and important part of all of our lives.…

Sundays, October 3 - December 6 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

The Memoir Workshop: Monday Mornings

Workshop is for writers who want to think seriously about book-length memoir or collections in the context of narrative voice, structure and improving their craft. We’ll work with prompts, exercises, and consider strategies for revision to help you see your memoir in a new light. Each week we'll look at exemplary readings and tackle issues such as characterization, description, scene vs. narrative summary, time and pacing, arc, and real-world consequences and ethical considerations when writing and publishing true-to-life stories. You…

Mondays, October 4 - December 13 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

ODU LitFest: Live Virtual Reading with Tom Lin

Tom Lin was born in China and immigrated to the United States when he was 4. A graduate of Pomona College, he is currently in the PhD program at the University of California, Davis. The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu is his first novel.

October 4 @ 2:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

ODU LitFest: Reading with Sheri Reynolds & Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley

Sheri Reynolds' newest novel, The Tender Grave, was released in March 2021. She also wrote the novels Bitterroot Landing, The Rapture of Canaan (an Oprah book club selection and New York Times bestseller), A Gracious Plenty, Firefly Cloak, The Sweet In-Between, The Homespun Wisdom of Myrtle T. Cribb, and the play, Orabelle's Wheelbarrow. She teaches creative writing and literature at Old Dominion University and currently serves as department chair of English. She lives in the town of Cape Charles on…

October 4 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning members and new members with poetry writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft and analyzing select poems by our best poets that effectively model those elements. All group members will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals. 

Mondays, October 4 - December 13 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

“Writers in Action” Teen Workshop

This is a collaborative class which prioritizes in-class exercises. Whether you are brand new to writing or working on a long-term project, this class will provide the space for students to hone their skills and share work in an energized, supportive environment, where the focus is not on producing a polished finished product but rather fostering creativity, sparking new ideas, and simply getting words down on the page. This class is ideal for both less-experienced writers and those teens who…

Mondays, October 4 - December 13 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Susan Deutsch
Level:

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members and new members with professional fiction workshop experience. We will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session. New members must receive pre-approval to register from…

Mondays, October 4 - December 20 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions

ODU LitFest: Gabrielle Calvocoressi Poetry Reading

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart; Apocalyptic Swing, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize; and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Calvocoressi has received numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer's Award, a Lannan Foundation residency, the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review, and a residency from the Civitella Ranieri…

October 4 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

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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.