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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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October 2021

Thought Radio For Adults: A Songwriting Experience

This is a free online program for adults with Skye Zentz in partnership with the Slover Library. You can register for the event here. In a busy world of technological connectivity, we are constantly being bombarded with the suggestions and opinions of other people. All the noise of these outside influences can make it hard to navigate our own personal realities. In ThoughtRadio, we'll explore our emotional selves while taking the time to play with different perspectives outside of our…

Wednesdays, August 18 - October 20 @ 5:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT

3 sessions

Poetry 2

Returning students and new members with poetry writing experience 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. 

Wednesdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Amanda Gomez

Screenwriting 1

This course is designed as both an introduction for students who are new to screenwriting, and as continuity for those who have already started writing a screenplay and wish to further develop their scripts. No matter your level of experience, everyone will benefit from the groups’ members sharing their experiences they encounter. Class activities will include: discussing and developing story ideas, and sharing comments and suggesting solutions; an introduction to the three-act structure and the critical importance of the first…

Wednesdays, October 20 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Writing Children’s Books

 Do you have an idea for a children’s book? This fiction workshop will focus on children’s picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels.  Our discussions will include the unique voice, character development, plot, and world building needed to write in these different age categories. You will actively write and revise original picture books or chapters for book-length projects and submit them for review. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during this course.  This…

Wednesdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Jennifer Malia

Words Bear Witness: Writing About Trauma

We are walking wounds, but I am not sure any of us know quite how to talk about it. --Roxane Gay As human beings, we’ve all experienced trauma—simply defined as the significant events that have shaped our lives and identities, no matter how big or small. During this immersive writing workshop, we will explore the complex relationship between trauma, language, and healing. We will focus on how to write about the significant events of our lives, moments which often leave…

Thursdays, October 21 - December 16 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Libby Kurz

Teen Writers Fellowship Fall 2021 Workshop

Fall workshop for those who have completed the Teen Writers Fellowship in 2020 or 2021, 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

Thursdays, October 7 - November 18 @ 6:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

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, October 21 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Shawn Girvan

Songwriting 2

When a song lyric hits you, it can take you back in time. In that mystical blend of melody and carefully crafted imagery, we can, for a time, be transported somewhere else. In Songwriting 2, we’ll bridge the gap between the tune and the lilt of the line, while finding our own, unique narrative voices. We will write 4 original songs during the class and workshop them during weeks 3-6. Students will be invited to perform their work at a…

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

The Advanced Poetry Workshop

The Advanced Poetry Workshop is open to students who have completed previous workshop-level classes at The Muse or those who have extensive workshop or graduate-level experience. This class focuses on writing, criticism, and the exploration of contemporary poetic discourse. Students at this level are writing poetry with an increased focus on creating an individual voice and emotional richness. Students will be expected to submit regularly and provide thoughtful feedback to classmates. 

Thursdays, October 7 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Noah Renn

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning members and new members with fiction writing workshop experience. Members of the group will workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. Each class, topics such as POV, scene writing, dialogue and more will be explored through short lecture or study of published stories. Students will continue to develop critiquing skills and master writing active prose. All members of the group will have the opportunity to submit…

Thursdays, October 7 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

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, October 7 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

NEON Festival: Poetry Reading with ODU Writers in Community

Join The Muse Writers Center and ODU Writers in Community at this year's NEON Festival for a poetry reading, held live and in person at the Hugh Copeland Center in Norfolk. Be sure to check out the rest of the festival schedule here!

October 22 @ 8:00 pm EDT - 8:45 pm EDT

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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.