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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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March 2020

2019 Teen Writers Fellowship Workshop

Spring class for continuing members of the 2019 Teen Writers Fellowship. You must be an accepted 2019 fellow to register for this class.

Thursdays, February 27 - April 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley
Level:

Ukulele for Beginners

In this class, we'll learn all about Hawaii's famous stringed instrument, the Ukulele or "dancing flea.” A perfect beginner's instrument, it’s easy to learn and lends itself well to just about any style of music. Join local songwriter and Ukulele player, Skye Zentz, as we explore basic chord shapes and strumming patterns that will prepare you for a world of tropical fun on just 4 strings! Students will have the opportunity to perform at our very own UKEBOX Open Mic…

Thursdays, February 27 - March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels

Comics are a magical blend of visuals and writing. Come engage this incredible medium--whether you draw or not! We'll cover comics from the ground up--from scripting the story to getting it out into the world. Topics include character design, the relationship between a writer and an artist, layout, and so much more. The course will comprise of fun exercises and lecture, along with some case studies and games to mix it up. No experience required. Let's make comics!

Thursdays, March 12 - April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Thursday Evenings

We all have stories to tell, whether we are aiming for short stories or novels. In this class, we’ll explore the fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. Working at every level with your stories--from the mystery of the creative impulse to the logistics of getting a character from one end of the room to another--you’ll be guided through the writing and the revision process. Your instructor will make every effort to tailor the submission schedule to your individual goals.…

Thursdays, March 5 - April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Dana Staves

CANCELLED: Humanities Behind Bars

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as a precautionary measure, The Muse Writers Center is suspending classes and events from Sunday, March 15 through Thursday, April 2. We hope to be able to reschedule classes and events affected after that time. Chapter meeting & letter-writing hours. All are welcome! https://www.facebook.com/humanitiesbehindbars/

Thursdays, January 30 - April 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

4 sessions

Teen Writers Multi-Group Workshop: Saturday Mornings

In this workshop, you can explore fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more. Each meeting, teachers will lead different breakout groups, focused on different genres, with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. Plus, we’ll have a visit or two from our comic book writing teacher to work with visual stories. Come hone…

Saturdays, February 15 - April 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley
Level:

How To NOT Write A Porno

Editors do not like to publish sex, but sex exists as a part of the human experience. How do we get around this? Artists have been writing about sex from the moment humans started to create art on cave walls. So why are editors so touchy about publishing it? In this seminar we will learn why editors are hesitant to publish it and how to write sex scenes that can be published. Bring a pen, a notebook, and an open…

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell

Patience and Publishing: A Guide to Getting Published

Most writers dream of publishing a book with a hard cover, amazing cover art, and their photo on the dust jacket. But how do we get there? In this seminar, we will discuss various paths to publishing--the successes, the failures, and even more of the failures. We will learn strategies for presenting our stories to magazines, agents, and publishers, from choosing the best agency for your work to developing an attention grabbing query letter. We will also discuss specific markets…

March 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: Patrick Dacey

The Beat Generation Poetry Workshop

When bebop master Thelonius Monk encountered a piano, he was not thinking about correct notes, he was thinking about discord, intervals between whatever was expected, about breath, about breadth. This advanced workshop class will consider the last literary movement that sought and succeeded to score improvisational elements of jazz with a vernacular. From poets Ginsberg, Ferlinghetti, Welch, Rexroth, Corso, O’Hara, Kandel, Snyder, di Prima, Kyger, and Waldman, to Black Mountain projectives Olson, Creeley, and Duncan, we’ll discuss various techniques and…

Saturdays, March 7 - March 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Jeffrey Hecker

Playwriting Primer: Dialogue and Dramatic Action

How can I tell a story without providing those paragraphs of exposition, or those lovely passages about the breathtaking landscape, or paint the picture of that terrible moment when the protagonist knew that she’d lost her last real friend? In this seminar we will learn about the power of dialogue and brevity and how to capture the essence of those sweeping paragraphs into choices, events, exchanges between characters, shifts in beats, and gestures.

Creative Fiction Writing

A class for writers with little or no experience in writing fiction. The class focuses on the elements of fiction: dialogue, voice, image, character, point of view, and structure. Students are asked to read and discuss fiction by major writers, to critique each other's work, and to write and revise at least one short story of 5–7 pages in length. Requirements also include several short writing exercises. The class will culminate in a graduation reading that takes place with ASAP…

Saturdays, March 21 - May 2 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell

Sierra Club Letter to the Editor Pop-In Workshop

Do you have important issues or causes that you would like to see covered in the media? Do you value sharing ideas that are important with the public and elected officials? Do you want to experience having your writing published in local media? Letters to the editor might be for you! Two hundred fifty words are all you need. This is a great way to develop writing skills and volunteer your time to support good causes! This workshop will be…

March 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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