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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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November 2020

Writing Through Trauma and Grief

Sharing our stories of trauma and grief through the cathartic act of writing can bring healing, hope, and acceptance. This 6 week course will explore the five stages of trauma—victim, survivor, thriver, server, empowered server—and give individuals an opportunity to assess where they are in their journey. We will be given ample time to craft and share origin stories of trauma and/or grief and provide encouragement and feedback to one another for personal use or professional publication. Please note: This…

Mondays, October 12 - December 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Writing Workshop at Overture (TAO)

Please complete this after every outreach class meeting: https://the-muse.org/muse-teacher-end-of-outreach-form/

November 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Teacher: Kelly Sokol

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning members, new members from Introduction to Poetry Writing, and new members with poetry writing experience.  Members of the group will actively write and revise original poems, focusing on elements of craft and analyzing select poems by our best poets that effectively model those elements. All group members 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:…

Mondays, October 12 - December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members, writers from the Advanced Fiction Workshop, and new members with professional fiction workshop experience. We 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. New members…

Mondays, September 28 - December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

7 sessions

Introduction to Writing Poetry

Whether you’re brand new to poetry or just need a refresher on the craft of writing poems, this class will focus on the fundamentals of what makes a great poem. With a strong emphasis on how to read a poem as a writer, this class mixes both traditional and formal poetry with modern contemporary examples and covers the basics of form and language. This class will help you build your toolbox of literary devices to begin crafting poems on your…

Mondays, October 26 - November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

Nonfiction in a Flash

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, October 12 - December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday Mornings

We all have stories to tell, whether we’ve never written anything before, or we’re dusting off the old writing muscles and getting back in the game. This class is a foundational course to get started or begin writing fiction again. We will learn and explore all of the essential fundamentals of the craft of fiction writing. We will discover and begin to understand how to write an active scene, define a character, and move your story from A to B,…

Tuesdays, October 20 - December 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

Write Now! with The Muse Writers Center

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 and qualified Muse teacher will lead you through an easy, fun, and Creative workshop full…

Tuesdays, September 22 - December 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Remy Smidt
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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! Please note:…

Tuesdays, October 27 - December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Adam Meuse

Write Anything

This general creative writing class is an invitation to hone your unique writing voice in a creative and open atmosphere. You will have the unique opportunity to explore what you enjoy, be it fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. This multi-genre workshop is an excellent first writing class as well as a place for seasoned writers to explore different forms and techniques or work in whichever style of writing seems most appropriate for each inspiration. We’ll move through creative exercises, prompts,…

Tuesdays, October 27 - January 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sarah Pringle

Begin, See, See Again

Revision may be the most demanding aspect of being a writer, but it need not be drudgery. In fact, reworking poems should be as focused on discovery and development as it is on cutting and correcting. With a blueprint that I will pass out at the start, each student will take one (or two) of his/her/their original poems through several stages of re-seeing that will promote a more inspired and creative approach to revision. Please note: This class is an…

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

4 sessions
Teacher: Tim Seibles

The Art of The Ode

A creative, start-to-finish workshop for writers of poetry, songwriting, and prose to explore the marriage between abstracts and emotions with a little absurdity and humor. Join us and dive into the art of the ode! 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 microphone. *Student’s parent or legal guardian must complete Student Release in order to participate in the class. Please review…

November 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Skye Zentz
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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.