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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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June 2020

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

Returning writers and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels as well as consider various aspects of the creative and professional life of the fiction writer. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit material for the workshop, with 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…

Mondays, June 1 - September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions

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! *Students under…

Tuesdays, June 16 - August 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

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

July 2020

The Fiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

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…

Wednesdays, June 17 - August 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

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

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 Introduction to Writing Comic Books & Graphic Novels, we will delve deeper into each student's comic project of choice, with the goal of polishing and revising our work. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and…

Thursdays, June 18 - August 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

Writing from the World Before, Toward A World We Don’t Yet Know About

There has been a profound sense of shift from the ways in which we thought about and experienced life before this global period of pandemic and uncertainty. As we try to find balance in this in-between place that is no longer the world we knew but that isn't clearly yet the world we'll emerge into, what questions are we asking and how do these affect our sense of how we process experience in language, as poets? How can poems help…

Sundays, June 28 - July 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Luisa A. Igloria

Young Writers Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we will engage with creative writing and expression in multiple genres. Each session students will be provided with unique prompts and exercises to explore their creativity, with opportunity to share their work. Every class will be a little different, with rotating teachers giving guidance according to their specialty. We’ll cover such topics as Poetry, to Fiction, to Comics, Music, and more! Come engage with this diverse set of workshops, sure to tickle…

Sundays, June 14 - July 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey
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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 ONLINE! Come join us for friendly chats and motivation! Join our Facebook Group for more info and keep up to date.

Sundays, May 3 - August 2 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

4 sessions

Nonfiction in a Flash: Monday Mornings

In this workshop, creative nonfiction and memoir writers will explore the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will discuss and discover the many craft elements that make flash nonfiction an engaging, experimental and exciting genre! Every session we will generate and critique our small memoir and nonfiction stories and essays and focus on the unique opportunities that flash gives every creative nonfiction writer. Working in a shorter form allows you to take a fresh look…

Mondays, June 22 - August 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning poets and new members with poetry writing/workshopping experience. Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft. All members of the group 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. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection and a computer…

Mondays, June 22 - August 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Noah Renn
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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.