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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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December 2020

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday Mornings

We all have stories to tell, whether we’ve never written anything before, or we’re dusting off the old writing muscles and getting back in the game. This class is a foundational course to get started or begin writing fiction again. We will learn and explore all of the essential fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. We will discover and begin to understand how to write an active scene, define a character, and move your story from A to B,…

Tuesdays, October 20 - December 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

The Fiction Studio: Tuesday Evenings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members, writers from the Advanced Fiction Workshop, 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…

Tuesdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions

The Advanced Romance Workshop

From the meet-cute to the crucial HEA (or happily ever after), a well-crafted romance is a joy to read and to write. The Advanced Romance Workshop is for experienced romance writers working on a romance manuscript (or women’s fiction with a romance arc). We’ll focus on reading and providing feedback for our peers. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

Tuesdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Dana Staves

The Screenwriting Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

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 students who have either taken the Introduction to Screenwriting class, completed an early…

Tuesdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

Returning members, new writers from Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, and new members with CNF writing experience will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of writing that polishes the truth. We will learn the power of the first person and the limitations & benefits of writing in the third, practice and refine research and memory habits and techniques, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and…

Tuesdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cynthia Davis

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Mornings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members, writers from the Advanced Fiction Workshop, 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…

Wednesdays, October 7 - December 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kelly Sokol

The Fiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning members, new members from Introduction to Fiction Writing, and new members with fiction writing experience. Members of the group will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. We will refine the understanding of POV and the limitations & benefits of those choices, learn revision on the sentence level, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and master writing active…

Wednesdays, October 7 - December 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

The Advanced Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop

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 to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.…

Wednesdays, October 21 - January 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Shawn Girvan

Write What You Feel – Senior Outreach (TAO – BAY LAKES)

Please complete this after every outreach class meeting: https://the-muse.org/muse-teacher-end-of-outreach-form/

Wednesdays, October 7 - December 30 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

7 sessions
Teacher: Kelly Sokol

The Advanced Young Adult Fiction Workshop

This workshop will work with advanced writers to explore the unique elements of writing for teen and young adult readers. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels and submit material for review. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session. This advanced workshop is open to all writers who have read at least three young adult novels within the last two years (title recommendations…

Wednesdays, October 7 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Erin Beaty

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 members…

Wednesdays, October 21 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Alison Schoew

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Wednesday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we’ve never written anything before, or we’re dusting off the old writing muscles and getting back in the game. This class is a foundational course to get started or begin writing fiction again. We will learn and explore all of the essential fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. We will discover and begin to understand how to write an active scene, define a character, and move your story from A to B,…

Wednesdays, October 21 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Dana Staves
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