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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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August 2021

Teen Writing Level 1: Creative Writing

This class will explore the fundamentals of craft and will ground the student in the language and techniques necessary to take their writing to the next level. The class will be a mix of readings, in-class exercises, and prompts. The class culminates in a reading which friends and family are invited to attend. Students must take this class before enrolling in Writing Level 2: Intermediate Workshop.  This class taught by Jessica Kelley  and Sierra Foltz . Here is a taste…

Saturdays, June 5 - August 28 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Remy Smidt

Building Better Worlds

A big part of writing is building a world for your characters to inhabit. It doesn’t matter if you write science fiction, fantasy, or something more down to Earth, one of the first things a writer must do is build their world. From something as simple as building a fictional town for your coming of age story, or literally building worlds and universes in the fantasy or science fiction genres, in this seminar you will learn the tricks for making…

August 28 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

Teacher: Chris De Matteo

Writing to Heal

All of us have--or will--experience the loss of a loved one. In my case, in addition to the expected deaths of grandparents and parents, I've witnessed a car-train collision that killed three people, lost my sister to suicide, and endured the death of my youngest son because of an accidental heroin overdose. Even though death is a part of life, it need not be crippling or debilitating. In this session, we’ll look at strategies--including journaling and writing--to help you move…

August 28 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

Teacher: John DeDakis

Writing the Unreliable Narrator

Authors rely on narrators--sometimes the author, sometimes a character in the story--to guide the reader through a narrative. Generally, we as readers rely on these voices to help us navigate a fictional world. However, sophisticated writers are often able to develop a character who does not tell the truth--the unreliable narrator. A narrator might be unreliable because they are deliberately deceptive, or because they are innocently misguided. It might also just be that the narrator is naive, and doesn’t have…

August 28 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

Teacher: Jean Klein

757 Comic and Cartoon Creators

757 Comic and Cartoon Creators is a community group for local artists, specifically those interested in creating comics and animation. Currently we meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays from 4pm-7pm. Looking for feedback on your current project? Want to network or maybe collaborate with another creator?  Searching for some like-minded creatives to chat with? Need a space to just unwind and doodle? Come check us out. Writers are welcome as well. While the group is open…

Saturdays, June 12 - August 28 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 7:00 pm EDT

6 sessions

Padraig Regan Reading and Q&A

Join The Muse Writers Center for a virtual reading with Irish writer Padraig Regan, followed by an audience Q&A. This event will be held via Zoom webinar and a recording will be available on the Muse YouTube channel after the event. Register to attend Aside from the intelligence and joy of these poems, there is a real mastery of image too – the language sometimes recalling Edmund White at his most luxurious, and the opening of poems such as ‘Aubade’…

August 29 @ 11:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT

How to Submit Your Work to Magazines and Journals

You’ve crafted your writing; now it’s time to get it published! This two-session seminar will guide you through the world of submitting to literary journals and magazines from start to finish. First, we'll discuss our individual publishing challenges, review our work in an optional short workshop, and then start pulling together a submission while we learn about file organization, proper formatting, crafting a cover letter, finding markets that fit our work, and how to utilize social media. Then after we've…

Sundays, August 22 - August 29 @ 1:00 pm EDT - 3:30 pm EDT

2 sessions
Teacher: Shannon Curtin

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.

Mondays, June 28 - August 30 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

Fiction 1: Monday Evenings

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,…

Mondays, July 12 - August 30 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

8 sessions
Teacher: Abi Putnam

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Mornings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning members and new members with fiction writing workshop experience. Members of the group will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing. Each class will include a short craft lecture covering topics such as POV, writing scenes, dialogue, plotting, POV, and more. Students will continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique and master writing active prose. All members of the…

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Sylvia Liu

The Screenwriting Workshop

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 22 - August 31 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

September 2021

Writers Zoom Meet-Up

Join The Muse on the first Tuesday of each month for our monthly Writers Zoom Meet-Up, an informal get-together where writers from anywhere in the world enjoy conversation, camaraderie, and discussion about what we're working on. Breakout rooms by genre will be available. Let's get together and build connections with other writers and learn more about our craft from each other. _ Register to attend here:

Tuesdays, August 3 - October 5 @ 5:00 pm EDT - 6:00 pm EDT

3 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.