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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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March 2020

Start Writing, Keep Writing… Write Now

Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write--in the moment--to cues and prompts and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, nonfiction, fiction) to poetry. Class…

Tuesdays, February 25 - April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Alison Schoew

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning writers and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.  

Tuesdays, February 18 - April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lydia Netzer

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

April 2020

Writing Through Trauma and Grief: Wednesday Mornings

Sharing our stories of trauma and grief through the cathartic act of writing can bring healing, hope, and acceptance. This 6 week course will explore the five stages of trauma—victim, survivor, thriver, server, empowered server—and give individuals an opportunity to assess where they are in their journey. We will be given ample time to craft and share origin stories of trauma and/or grief and provide encouragement and feedback to one another for personal use or professional publication.

Wednesdays, February 19 - April 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Writing Children’s Picture Books

Have you always wanted to write a picture book? This class will give you the tools for doing so: creating memorable characters, identifying the central conflict, beginnings and endings, story structure and plotting, writing lyrical language, and other elements of craft. We will also focus on the children's book market (including studying successful recent picture books) and getting published. The class will include discussions, writing exercises and group critiques.  

Wednesdays, March 11 - April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sylvia Liu

CANCELLED: Writers Happy Hour

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a precautionary measure, The Muse Writers Center is suspending classes and events from Sunday, March 15 through Thursday, April 2. We hope to be able to reschedule classes and events affected after that time. 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,…

April 1 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

The Romance Workshop

The romance genre (for both novels and novellas) is the highest selling genre in publishing today, worth just over a billion dollars annually. And romance readers know why: these stories are entertaining and you may be certain they will have a happy ending. In this workshop, we'll work on our own romance stories. This class is for new or seasoned writers interested in characters falling in love, overcoming obstacles, and getting their happily ever after. We'll focus our attention on…

Wednesdays, February 26 - April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Dana Staves

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Wednesday Evenings

Memoir and all creative nonfiction is the work of memory and craft, style and substance. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will learn, through published texts and writing exercises and assignments, how creative nonfiction writers include vivid characterization, narrative structure, dialogue, imagery, and voice to a wide range of stories, including memoir, personal essays, profile pieces, travelogues, literary journalism, and more. Each member of the…

Wednesdays, March 4 - April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Olivia Pelham

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

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Evenings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience 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.  

Wednesdays, February 19 - April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lydia Netzer

Introduction to Screenwriting: Wednesday Evenings

This course is designed as both an introduction for students who are new to screenwriting, and as continuity for those who have already started writing a screenplay and wish to further develop their scripts. No matter your level of experience, everyone will benefit from the groups’ members sharing their experiences they encounter. Class activities will include: discussing and developing story ideas, and sharing comments and suggesting solutions; an introduction to the three-act structure and the critical importance of the first…

Wednesdays, March 4 - April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Ukulele Performance Workshop

This class will build upon the fundamentals of Ukulele playing while growing your confidence and performance skills. We'll mix in some fun new chords and incorporate a variety of strumming and picking patterns, developing our own personal playing styles. This class will culminate in a UKEBOX Open Mic where each student will have a chance to prepare, arrange and perform a song of their choice for a supportive audience of ukulele lovers! Ukulele for Beginners (or a comparable level of…

Thursdays, April 2 - April 23 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz
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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.