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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 2020

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, June 30 - September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

Returning writers and new writers with creative nonfiction or memoir writing experience will actively write and revise their memoirs, personal essays, works of nonfiction, and more. We will address larger questions of form and substance--determining the scope of your memoir or nonfiction work, what story to tell, what to leave out--and will continue discussing craft issues such as writing scenes vs. exposition, dealing with time and flashback, character development, and truth and memory. We will continue studying the craft of…

Wednesdays, July 1 - September 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Shawn Girvan

Dark Memoir

Writing the Dark Memoir is designed for the student who is struggling to find a safe audience and space to voice and express work that divulges sensitive material. The writers may not feel comfortable sharing mature or explicit material in a traditional classroom environment such as topics ranging from sexual abuse, grief/ death, trauma, drug addiction, incarceration, deep family secrets, guilt or shame. You find a safe haven here to share and critique without judgment. Whether you are working on…

Thursdays, July 2 - September 10 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Writers Supporting Writers: Talk it out, Write it Out (Now Online)

Don't curse your blank screen again—come vent with us, collaborate with us, brainstorm with us, advise us, and get advice from us on the numerous issues related to writing from beginning a short or long project to finding an agent, publisher, mentor. This free writers salon will be a melding of minds, where the wisdom of the group is mightier than the single pen. If you would like to join, please sign up! https://forms.gle/oFUE8ajmNAc6CSBG6 Hosted by John McCarthy

Saturdays, June 13 - December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

7 sessions

Teen Writers Workshop: Monday Evenings

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere. *Student's parent or legal guardian must complete Student Release in order to participate in the class.…

Mondays, June 29 - September 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell
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Outside the Lines: A Multi-Genre Workshop

Outside the lines- Come write with whatever genre makes you happy-poetry, short fiction, nonfiction. This is a prompt-based class where we can write in any genre, explore many kinds of genres, and open each class with a guided meditation to promote peace of mind and self-esteem while writing. 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.

Tuesdays, July 7 - September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday 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 computer…

Tuesdays, July 7 - September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work may be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device…

Tuesdays, June 16 - September 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions

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

20/30 Writers Club

A creative writing workshop and support group aimed at young adults who want to build camaraderie and connections within the thriving writing community in Norfolk. NOW MEETS TWICE A WEEK ALL ONLINE! Come join us for friendly chats and motivation! Join our Facebook Group for more info and keep up to date.

Fridays, September 4 - September 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

4 sessions

Hampton Roads Writers – Convergence of Writers

Fall 2020 Convergence of Writers Saturday, September 19, 2020 10am-4:45pm A one-day virtual event featuring ten one-hour writer workshops Find out more here!

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 4:45 pm

20/30 Writers Club

A creative writing workshop and support group aimed at young adults who want to build camaraderie and connections within the thriving writing community in Norfolk. NOW MEETS TWICE A WEEK ALL ONLINE! Come join us for friendly chats and motivation! Join our Facebook Group for more info and keep up to date.

Sundays, September 6 - September 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

4 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.