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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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September 2022

Creating a Strong Romantic Arc

Join us and learn how to create a compelling love story that showcases a heartfelt, emotional connection between your main characters. In this course, you'll learn about the classic beats to every romantic story arc, and you'll gain insights on how to make the arc unique to your own story. We'll also discuss internal and external romantic conflict, and how to craft a love story that readers will adore.

September 10 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

Show & Grow Your Prose

Join us (in-person!) for Show and Grow Your Prose! Don't miss the chance to get free, professional feedback on your written work. Presenters will read up to ten minutes of their material, which will be followed by another ten minutes of feedback from our guest critiquers Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal. If you desire, your material can be read anonymously by one of our staff. We accept fiction and nonfiction, but in all cases reading time will be capped at…

September 10 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

Teen Writers Club

Are you a teen? Do you like writing? Then join us at The Muse Writers Center every second and fourth Monday for the Teen Writers Club! This casual meet-up is part social hangout and part writing. The club is open to all teens with an interest in any creative writing form, including songwriting, comics, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and anything else word related. You don’t need to be a Muse student to participate—drop by anytime during club open hours and stay…

Mondays, September 12 - December 12 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

7 sessions

Kids & Teens Write Now! at Slover Library

Find The Muse and WRITE NOW! Do you wonder if you can write? Have you always wanted to write a story? Are you looking for a little inspiration? Do you need a little creative motivation? Well, we believe that everyone has a story and everyone can write it. You just need some inspiration and motivation! Come on down, join us and Write Now! A talented Muse teacher will lead you through an easy, fun, and creative workshop full of writing…

Tuesdays, September 13 - December 13 @ 5:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT

4 sessions

Virtual Student Reading

Join The Muse Writers Center as we celebrate the work of our Spring/Summer 2022 students as they share their writing from the past session! This event will be held via Zoom webinar. Register to WATCH the reading live Register to PARTICIPATE as a reader (only open to students who have taken a Muse class, workshop, or seminar during 2022) This is the first of two student readings; the second reading will take place in person at Plaza del Sol on…

September 14 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

Writers Happy Hour

Join us for our Third Thursday Writers Happy Hour, an in-person, informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation, camaraderie, and drinks. This month's Happy Hour will be hosted by Michael Khandelwal and Noah Renn. Feel free to let us know you’re coming on Facebook. We look forward to seeing your faces again!

September 15 @ 5:00 pm EDT - 6:30 pm EDT

Embodying Social Justice and Self-liberation: A Yoga and Writing Workshop with Bhav Brigade

This workshop invites other writers (or writer curious folx) into embodiment via journaling and subtle movements of the breath and body. We will challenge the Western, white appropriation of yoga by making intersectionality and decolonization central to how we theorize and liberate our bodies. We will intermittently write, pause, discuss, breathe, and move together. No yoga experience is required, but please wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or large towel to practice on. Danielle Stern, co-founder of the donation…

September 17 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

Trauma Writing Seminar at Langley Air Force Base

Words Bear Witness: A Trauma Writing Seminar As human beings, we’ve all experienced trauma, no matter how big or small. During this three-hour seminar, we will define trauma and explore its relationship to language and healing. We will examine how trauma disrupts the language centers of the brain and how poetic devices grant us access to the images, metaphors, and patterns that stitch our memory fragments into a more complete narrative. This class will include a close reading of various…

September 17 @ 10:00 am EDT - 1:00 pm EDT

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Cynthia Davis Book Launch and Q&A

Join The Muse Writers Center for a reading by Cynthia Davis from her new book, Intersexion: A Story of Faith, Identity, and Authenticity. After the reading, there will be a Q&A and book signing. This event will be held in person at The Muse and copies of the book will be available for purchase. Proof of vaccination is required to attend. See the Muse's current Covid-19 policies. "Intersexion is a reminder that in a world fighting for black and white answers, authenticity…

September 18 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

Short Short Playwriting Project Stage Reading

Join us for this special staged reading. Four playwrights were chosen for the short short playwriting project in July. In six weeks their ideas turned into scripts and assigned to a director at the Little Theatre Norfolk. Come see the results of this annual experiment. A Q and A with the playwrights hosted by their teacher, Jean Klein will follow the readings. Get tickets here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=143845        

September 18 @ 7:30 pm EDT - 9:00 pm EDT

Student Reading at Plaza del Sol

Join The Muse Writers Center as we celebrate the work of our Spring/Summer 2022 students as they share their writing from the past session! This event will be held in person at Plaza del Sol (two doors down from The Muse). Table are first-come first-served, so plan to arrive early, order some food and drinks, and enjoy an evening of writing. Register to PARTICIPATE as a reader (only open to students who have taken a Muse class, workshop, or seminar…

September 19 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:30 pm EDT

2022 Hampton Roads Writers Conference

The Hampton Roads Writers Conference is live and in-person this year, September 22-24 in Virginia Beach. Now in its 14th year, the conference features 1 evening plus 2 full days of workshops, 2 best-selling keynoters (Edmund R. Schubert & Wendy H. Jones), 2 first-ten-lines critique sessions, 50+ workshops during 10 breakout sessions, ten-minute agent pitches, cash prize contests for short fiction, short nonfiction, and poetry, complimentary 90-minute cocktail social, 2-hour open mic. Tuition includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and a…

September 22 - 11:59 pm EDT

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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.