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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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July 2020

Introduction to Screenwriting: Thursday Mornings

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…

Thursdays, July 9 - August 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Outlining Workshop for Writing Sanity

It is not uncommon for fear and trembling to set in when a writer tries to weave together their story. Some sit down and start cold turkey..."He was a dark and stormy knight..." They freeze up. Stop and try to attempt a different scene in another chapter, "She was a little dark storm cloud.." Loop back around. Kill Aunt Esmeralda in chapter 22. Add a rescue Ponski with supernatural powers in chapter 14. Freeze up. Soon the writer inevitably starts…

Thursdays, July 9 - September 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

2019 Teen Writers Fellowship Summer 2020 Workshop

Summer class for continuing members of the 2019 Teen Writers Fellowship. You must be an accepted 2019 fellow to register for this class. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection and a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

Thursdays, July 9 - August 20 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday 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.   Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a…

Thursdays, June 25 - September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

Introduction to Memoir & Creative Nonfiction: Thursday 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…

Thursdays, July 9 - August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Olivia Pelham

The Fiction Studio: Thursday 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. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a…

Thursdays, June 25 - September 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lydia Netzer

Creating a Web Presence and Blog

Are you ready to launch your writing career? You’ll need an online presence where readers can find you. Whether you are already published and need to create an online portfolio, or you are just getting started and would like to begin blogging, an author website and blog will help you begin to build your online platform. We’ll work through the step-by-step process of setting up the typical three-page author website, and we will examine ways to keep a blog fresh…

Saturdays, July 11 - August 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Belinda Elliott

Geography of the Galaxy

Whether your characters are exploring alien ruins on a sunless planet or commanding an interstellar battlefleet, how you present the geography of space can lend verisimilitude to your science fiction writing. Starting with our local stellar neighborhood, we will examine some classic nearby stars--including Alpha Centauri, Tau Ceti and Epsilon Eridani--before moving out to explore the broader structure of the Orion Arm. We will survey star clusters, rogue planets, pulsars and nebulae, and then consider the galaxy on a grand…

July 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: John Aguiar

Perfecting Your Poem: A Workshop to Take You Higher

What's to be done with those poems stuffed in folders or buried in a stack, unfinished and abandoned? If you're like me, those poems contain gems of words and insight, maybe a few well-wrought lines, but you can't seem to keep the energy going or capture the concept. This four-session workshop offers proven revision strategies for structuring, tightening, electrifying, and deepening your poems with richer meaning and authenticity. We'll read poems by our best writers to see how they achieve…

Saturdays, July 11 - August 1 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

Teen Writers Multi-Group Workshop: Saturday Mornings

In this workshop, you can explore fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more. Each meeting, teachers will lead different breakout groups, focused on different genres, with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. Plus, we’ll have a visit or two from our comic book writing teacher to work with visual stories. Come hone…

Saturdays, June 13 - August 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell

How To Build Complicated Characters

In this seminar, through the examination of contemporary literary works and in-class exercises, we will analyze what elements of craft are necessary to create a voice for a nuanced, three-dimensional protagonist. This class will focus on the first-person point of view. Some questions we will address in this seminar: 1. How do you carry a story with an unpredictable narrator? 2. How do you capture a character's interiority? 3. How do you exhaust all of the power of "I"? 3.…

July 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Remy Smidt

Young Writers Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we will engage with creative writing and expression in multiple genres. Each session students will be provided with unique prompts and exercises to explore their creativity, with opportunity to share their work. Every class will be a little different, with rotating teachers giving guidance according to their specialty. We’ll cover such topics as Poetry, to Fiction, to Comics, Music, and more! Come engage with this diverse set of workshops, sure to tickle…

Sundays, June 14 - July 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey
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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.