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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 2021

Teen Writers Fellowship Summer 2021 Workshop

Summer workshop for those who have completed the Teen Writers Fellowship in 2019 or 2020, 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 rsmidt@the-muse.org.

Thursdays, June 10 - August 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley

Creative Nonfiction 1

“True Stories Told Well,” is the definition given by Lee Gutkind, the founder and publisher of Creative Nonfiction Magazine of the 4th genre known as Creative Nonfiction. Whether it be a memoir, the personal essay, or a literary journalistic article in The New Yorker, the truth can be told in a compelling way that keeps the reader engaged. 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…

Thursdays, July 1 - August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Shawn Girvan

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, June 10 - August 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

Weaving Multiple Plotlines and POVs to Keep Your Reader Turning the Page

Writers of best-selling fiction craft multi-layered, action-intense stories. Linear plots and single-POV characters work, but complex stories engage readers and keep them turning the page. This two-part seminar employs examples from popular fiction authors (George RR Martin, JK Rowling, Michael Connolly, Karin Slaughter, Jayne Ann Krentz, and others) to demonstrate the techniques for crafting a novel using interrelated multiple points of view and plot threads. Structural examples will show how to segment each within a story for maximum impact, how…

Saturdays, July 17 - July 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Michael Krentz

Visual Journaling: Summer Freedom (LIVE IN PERSON!)

Journaling is an intimate process of self awareness and discovery. The visual journal is unique because it contains part visual art elements and part words. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then visual journals are highly expressive tools for creative and non-creative folk alike. This class focuses on building upon your visual journaling, diary or art-making habits. This semester's theme is "Freedom From..." Participants will receive a prompt each class, learn two art techniques (making sunrises/sets with pastels…

Saturdays, June 26 - August 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Christine Rucker

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 Remy Smidt. The poetry sessions…

Saturdays, June 12 - August 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Remy Smidt

Exploring our Landscapes: Poetry and Place

Language is housed in the landscapes that surround us: the phonics card with the red-trimmed house which resembles your neighbor's down the street, the blue-blistered bottom of the Elizabeth River ferry you take to work which makes you recall Walt Whitman’s “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” and the optimistically titled billboard you pass on the freeway which reads, “We’ll get you your money fast.” You realize, everywhere, you are surrounded by spaces which affect your identity and language and how your identity…

July 24 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Amanda Gomez

Bacchanals and Mourning: Writing Poetry After a Plague 

Mardi Gras, Carnival and other fiestas and bacchanal sessions have been, for centuries, the promise implicit in any lousy period: get through it, and there will be a great party waiting on the other side. They developed as loosenings up after the clamp downs societies endured to survive a plague, a Depression, a devastating period of war. And sometimes it works: the plague demands, among other things, that everyone endure the psychological burden of designation, everyone gets branded: sick or well. To…

Saturdays, July 10 - July 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Tom Yuill

Giving Voice: A Creative Writing Workshop for Women

"The function of freedom is to free someone else, and if you are no longer wracked in bondage, to tell your story." (Toni Morrison and Anne Lamott) This workshop for women will follow the Amherst Writers Method of developing voice, craft and leadership through the practice of writing poetry, fiction and essays in a supportive group setting. This method has been highly effective with a wide variety of participants including those with marginalized gender, racial and socio-economic identities. It has…

Saturdays, July 10 - July 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Wendi White

The Work of a Detective

Sherlock Holmes said, “There is nothing like first-hand evidence.” Every case is different, but the kinds of clues a good detective seeks are often very similar from one case to another. In this Research for Writers Seminar led by a noted police officer, you will be led through a real case, following the detectives as they uncover leads and find a path to justice. Through an examination of how detectives do their work, you’ll be able to better understand and…

July 24 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Mike Lovely

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Hampton Roads Meeting

NOW ONLINE! We're speculative fiction writers (science fiction, fantasy and more). We share our experiences and adventures in reading, writing, craft development and publishing with each other, and become better writers through it all. To become a member of this Group visit our Facebook group to find out more and join.

Saturdays, May 23 - November 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

18 sessions

757 Comic and Cartoon Creators

757 Comic and Cartoon Creators is a community group for local artists, specifically those interested in creating comics and animation. Currently we meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 4pm-7pm. Looking for feedback on your current project? Want to network or maybe collaborate with another creator?  Searching for some like-minded creatives to chat with? Need a space to just unwind and doodle? Come check us out. Writers are welcome as well. While the group is open…

Saturdays, June 12 - August 28 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

6 sessions
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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.