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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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October 2021

Writing Children’s Books

 Do you have an idea for a children’s book? This fiction workshop will focus on children’s picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels.  Our discussions will include the unique voice, character development, plot, and world building needed to write in these different age categories. You will actively write and revise original picture books or chapters for book-length projects and submit them for review. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during this course.  This…

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Jennifer Malia

Poetry 2

Returning students and new members with poetry writing experience 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. 

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Amanda Gomez

ODU LitFest: Writing Workshop with Lisa Beech Hartz

This event will be hosted at ODU Virginia Beach Room 242, and simultaneously live-streamed on the ODU Literary Festival Facebook page. Inspired by and responding to a visual image, participants will be guided through the process of looking, writing, sharing, and revising a piece of writing. Lisa Beech Hartz directs Seven Cities Writers Project, which brings creative writing workshops to underserved communities. She guides workshops in city jails and at an LGBT community center. Her ekphrastic collection, The Goldfish Window,…

October 7 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

ODU LitFest: Live Virtual Reading by Kelli Jo Ford

This event will live-stream on the ODU Literary Festival Facebook page. Kelli Jo Ford's debut novel-in-stories, Crooked Hallelujah, was longlisted for the PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel, the Story Prize, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize. She received The Paris Review's Plimpton Prize, the Everett Southwest Literary Award, a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation National Artist Fellowship, an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant, and a Dobie Paisano Fellowship. She teaches writing at…

October 7 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

Teen Writers Fellowship Fall 2021 Workshop

Fall workshop for those who have completed the Teen Writers Fellowship in 2020 or 2021, and have not yet graduated from high school. Only Fellows who match these criteria are eligible for this workshop. Fellows will need to be signed into their Muse accounts in order to register. If you have issues with signing up please contact our Youth Coordinator Remy Smidt at

Thursdays, October 7 - November 18 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

4 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley

The Comic Book & Graphic Novel Workshop

For comic writers and artists looking to hone their works in progress, this workshop will emphasize critique and accountability. While retaining an element of lecture from How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels, we will delve deeper into each student's comic project of choice, with the goal of polishing and revising our work. 

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning members and new members with fiction writing workshop experience. Members of the group will workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. Each class, topics such as POV, scene writing, dialogue and more will be explored through short lecture or study of published stories. Students will continue to develop critiquing skills and master writing active prose. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit…

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

The Advanced Poetry Workshop

The Advanced Poetry Workshop is open to students who have completed previous workshop-level classes at The Muse or those who have extensive workshop or graduate-level experience. This class focuses on writing, criticism, and the exploration of contemporary poetic discourse. Students at this level are writing poetry with an increased focus on creating an individual voice and emotional richness. Students will be expected to submit regularly and provide thoughtful feedback to classmates. 

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Noah Renn

Songwriting 2

When a song lyric hits you, it can take you back in time. In that mystical blend of melody and carefully crafted imagery, we can, for a time, be transported somewhere else. In Songwriting 2, we’ll bridge the gap between the tune and the lilt of the line, while finding our own, unique narrative voices. We will write 4 original songs during the class and workshop them during weeks 3-6. Students will be invited to perform their work at a…

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

Teen Writing Level 2: Writing Workshop

In this class, teen students will encounter the model that serves as the basis for writing at the college and graduate level: The Workshop. They will be required to submit work for review and to offer constructive, kind feedback to their classmates. This is the perfect class for serious writers who want a rigorous look at what the writing world is like post-high school.  The prose sessions of the workshop will be led by Susan Deutsch. The poetry sessions of…

Saturdays, October 9 - December 18 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Jeffrey Hecker

Projects, Passions, and Possibilities Writing Group

The All About You Writing Group: Projects, Passions, and Possibilities A Roundtable discussion open to all writers and generated by the interests of the participants to exchange and spread information. Peers describe current Projects and what they need or want to help them Update and Upgrade their work. No project at the time? Writers can describe the focus on their current reading or research Passion. The Forum encourages peer discussion and empowers attendees with Possibilities. Register here to receive the Zoom link Hosted by…

Saturdays, April 10 - December 11 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

9 sessions
Teacher: Fran Ward

How to Write a Novel (and Get it Published)

A practical 15-point plan that demystifies and deconstructs novel-writing -- from the mere germ of an idea all the way through the creative process, with an eye on getting a finished book into the hands of potential fans. We'll discuss how to tap into your subconscious and life experiences to transform them into a book-length project, populated with interesting characters, a twisty-turny plot, snappy dialogue, and an interesting setting. We'll also look at strategies for finding an agent, marketing the…

October 9 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

Teacher: John DeDakis
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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.