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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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January 2020

Humanities Behind Bars

Chapter meeting & letter-writing hours. All are welcome!

Thursdays, January 30 - April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

4 sessions

February 2020

Writing a Resume that Works

In this one-time workshop, you’ll get the tools you need to get your resume shaped up and ready for action. Bring your laptop and several postings for jobs that interest you, and learn the tips that will make your resume the one that’ll earn the interview. (After that, it’s up to you!)

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Alison Schoew

Love Is A Strange Hotel or Love is Honeysuckle-Cinnamon or Love is Black Ice on a Bright Day

Though we yearn for intimate connection--physical and emotional--romantic relationships are both a source of deep delight as well as a cause for grave anxiety and sorrow. In this workshop, we will write about the complexities of the heart using personal experience as fuel. Using humor or pathos or various combinations of both, the goal is to develop a greater comfort with our emotional-relational lives. This will easily transfer to writing about other aspects of experience because what grips us is…

Saturdays, February 1 - February 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

5 sessions
Teacher: Tim Seibles

Writers Supporting Writers: Talk it out, Write it Out

Don't curse your blank screen again—come vent with us, collaborate with us, brainstorm with us, advise us, and get advice from us on the numerous issues related to writing from beginning a short or long project to finding an agent, publisher, mentor. This free writers salon will be a melding of minds, where the wisdom of the group is mightier than the single pen. Hosted by John McCarthy

Saturdays, January 4 - December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

12 sessions

The Advanced Screenwriting Workshop

This workshop will focus on the all-important revision process in screenwriting, with members sharing the successes and difficulties encountered in the scripting process for feature-length, short, or TV scripts. You will have at least three opportunities to turn in pages of a screenplay for group review, workshop, and discussion—all in an atmosphere of mutual exploration and understanding. This class is open to continuing members as well as advanced screenwriting students.  

Tuesdays, February 4 - May 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

Writers Happy Hour

Every week, we’ll be visiting a different bar in Norfolk’s Ghent! Join us every Wednesday from 5:15-7 p.m. at a different location in Norfolk’s Ghent for an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation, camaraderie, and drinks. Come and join us! Feel free to let us know you’re coming on Facebook.

February 5 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Evenings

In this advanced workshop, experienced students working on personal essays and memoir chapters will receive guidance, support and feedback. We'll continue to shape experiences and their meanings on the page; discuss higher level elements of craft and structures; and create strategies for revision. We’ll also use prompts, exercises, and discussions based on readings by notable authors, to generate new scenes and stories. Each member of the group will have at least two opportunities to be critiqued during the session.  

Wednesdays, February 5 - April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Christine Koubek

2020 Teen Writers Fellowship Class

Spring class for accepted members of the 2020 Teen Writers Fellowship. You must be an accepted fellow to register for this class.

Thursdays, February 6 - April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

5 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley

1st Friday Writers’ Coffee Break

Join us every 1st Friday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-Noon at Cafe Stella in Ghent for an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation and camaraderie over a (perhaps much needed) coffee break. Each month will be hosted by different Muse teachers, who will be available to answer questions from current and prospective students about their classes, The Muse, and writing in general in addition to just hanging out over a cup of…

February 7 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

How to Write Creatively about Mental Illness: Pop Culture vs. Science

This seminar is designed for writers who want to improve their understanding of mental illnesses and write creatively about them. The class begins with basic facts about different types of mental health issues, then analyzes story lines and characters in popular books and shows such as: anxiety (Vertigo), depression (The Girl on the Train),  addictions (Mom), autism spectrum (Rain Man), and Alzheimer’s (Still Alice). Using a "Character Development Tool" provided in class, students will write a scene which includes a…

February 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Marilyn Barton

Developing Personal Power as Writers

In this workshop we will explore the sources of writer’s block, procrastination, and self-sabotage through the practice of deconstructing desires, habits, and deep rooted beliefs. This workshop will include an examination of the power of words. Participants will walk away with unique ways to organize their schedule and tools to remain positive when feeling overwhelmed.

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Anna Fitzgerald

Writing the Killer Plot

Does your plot provide the structure your work needs & deserves? Will your plot line grab the attention of readers/reviewers/agents? With this seminar, your story becomes more powerful, your characters reach their full potential. Writing the Killer Plot (WKP) works for fiction or non-fiction, and comes with unique perspective and concise diagramming tools. From early concept to your work in progress, WKP is for writers of all levels. Workbook© provided.

February 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Malcom Massey
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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.