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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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January 2023

Teen Writers Club

Are you a teen? Do you like writing? Then join us at The Muse Writers Center every second and fourth Monday for the Teen Writers Club! This casual meet-up is part social hangout and part writing. The club is open to all teens with an interest in any creative writing form, including songwriting, comics, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and anything else word related. You don’t need to be a Muse student to participate—drop by anytime during club open hours and stay…

Mondays, January 23 - April 24 @ 6:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST

7 sessions

Student Reading at Plaza del Sol

Join The Muse Writers Center as we celebrate the work of our Fall 2022 students as they share their writing from the past session! This event will be held in person at Plaza del Sol (two doors down from The Muse). Tables are first-come first-served, so plan to arrive early, order some food and drinks, and enjoy an evening of writing. Register to PARTICIPATE as a reader (only open to students who have taken a Muse class, workshop, or seminar…

January 23 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST

Write Now! at Slover Library

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 Muse teacher will lead you through an easy, fun, and creative workshop full of writing…

Tuesdays, January 24 - June 27 @ 5:00 pm EST - 7:00 pm EST

6 sessions

The Word: An Open Mic for Poets, Storytellers and Fabulists

The Word is in collaboration with Zeiders American Dream Theater, The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers, and Tidewater Writers. The Word welcomes diverse voices and fans of poetry, spoken word, and all forms of creative writing. We encourage all ages and backgrounds to come together and share in the mutual adoration of words. The Z provides a platform for writers to share their work while fostering a comfortable, laid-back, and encouraging atmosphere. This is your chance to take the…

January 24 @ 7:30 pm EST - 9:00 pm EST

Patchwork Party at Slover Library

**DATE MOVED TO 1/25** Grab your Crayolas and Moleskines for an afternoon of fun! Brought to you by the Slover Library and The Muse Writers Center. In our modern world of social media and rapid sharing, it’s hard to avoid imposter syndrome and the feeling that our art is only valid once it’s been “liked” and commented on by the public. At Patchwork Party, we invite you to grab some simple art supplies, headphones, and notebook and give your internal…

January 25 @ 5:00 pm EST - 7:00 pm EST

Virtual Student Reading

Join The Muse Writers Center as we celebrate the work of our Fall 2022 students as they share their writing from the past session! This event will be held via Zoom webinar. Register to WATCH the reading live Register to PARTICIPATE as a reader (only open to students who have taken a Muse class, workshop, or seminar during our Fall 2022 session) This is the second of two student readings; the first reading will take place in person at Plaza…

January 26 @ 7:00 pm EST - 8:00 pm EST

Show & Grow Your Prose

Join us (in-person!) for Show and Grow Your Prose! Don't miss the chance to get free, professional feedback on your written work. Presenters will read up to ten minutes of their material, which will be followed by another ten minutes of feedback from our guest critiquers Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal. If you desire, your material can be read anonymously by one of our staff. We accept fiction and nonfiction, but in all cases reading time will be capped at…

January 28 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:00 pm EST

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Hampton Roads Meeting

NOW ONLINE! We're speculative fiction writers (science fiction, fantasy and more). We share our experiences and adventures in reading, writing, craft development and publishing with each other, and become better writers through it all. To become a member of this Group visit our Facebook group to find out more and join.

Saturdays, January 28 - December 23 @ 1:00 pm EST - 4:00 pm EST

12 sessions

Writing the Body: a Workshop for Health/Medical Workers and Caregivers (January)

Doctors, nurses, health, or hospice workers--as well as many other professionals and caregivers--are always called to heightened service in their line of work, especially in the current climate of global pandemic. Because so much of what we are asked to deal with is out of the bounds of human control, the challenge to be authentic is intense. Serving others involves not only great physical labor, but also emotional and intellectual labor. At the end of the day, after we have…

January 28 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST

February 2023

Memoir, Magical Art, and Mental Well-being

What are the brief moments that make us who we are? Magical art returns us to a time of uninhibited childhood creativity, a time before we censored ourselves or allowed others to tell us what was good or bad about our art creations. Memoir writing is particularly suited for an exploration of a moment, particularly a moment that seems small, insignificant, and even wildly meaningful, but, when viewed from the right perspective, with the right attention, reveals itself to be…

Thursdays, February 2 - May 4 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

6 sessions

Writers Coffee Break

Join us for our monthly 1st Friday Writers Coffee Breaks at Cafe Stella in Ghent. At these informal get-togethers, area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation and camaraderie over a (perhaps much needed) coffee break. Each month will be hosted by different Muse teachers, who will be available to answer questions from current and prospective students about their classes, The Muse, and writing in general in addition to just hanging out over a cup of coffee or…

February 3 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:00 pm EST

Begin, See, See Again: A Poetry Workshop on Revision

Please Note: Tim is in South Africa for the funeral of a dear friend, so the first class meeting will be on Zoom only. The remaining three classes will be hybrid (you can come in-person or on Zoom). 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…

Saturdays, February 4 - February 25 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST

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.