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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Screenwriting 2: Getting Your Script On Its Feet
You’ve taken Screenwriting 1 and now you’re ready to test the waters with your own writing or get feedback on scripts you’ve been working on already. This course is designed as both a Workshop with group review and discussion as well as a continuation of learning screenwriting principles. We will discuss intermediate-level techniques and formatting, watch films and clips, read professional scripts and critique each other’s work in a spirit of encouragement and camaraderie. Feature films, TV pilots, shorts, treatments…
Tuesdays, February 28 - May 9 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST
Fiction 2: Deeper into Character & Story (Wednesday Evenings)
The fiction writing journey continues where Fiction 1 left off. Returning students and writers new to The Muse (who have fiction writing experience) will be encouraged to produce and submit original work for discussion by the group in the workshop format. In addition, participants will take a deeper look at the essential craft elements of fiction writing, with a focus on building rounded, dynamic characters and an engaging narrative with a living world/setting. All genres of fiction are accepted and…
Wednesdays, March 1 - May 3 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST
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…
March 3 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:00 pm EST
Queer Writers Meet-up @ Eleanor’s NFK
Calling all queer writers! Join us every first Saturday in person at Eleanor's Norfolk from 10-11. This is a space to meet up with other local creatives, meet new friends, and talk all things writing. Looking to get some words on the page? Come to our Rainbow Write-in at the Muse every third Tuesday. Co-hosted by The Muse Writers Center and Eleanor's Norfolk.
Saturdays, March 4 - September 2 @ 10:00 am EST - 11:00 am EST
Using Artificial Intelligence to Create Cover Art, Story Illustrations, and Visualization Prompts
Recent breakthroughs in AI have led to incredible artwork being created digitally. Using creative prompts for the AI to draw from lets users make images in all sorts of styles, genres, and contents. Writers benefit from these applications in a myriad of ways. Print-quality images suitable for book covers and chapter or short story illustrations are now within anyone's reach. Even graphic novel and comic book art is possible. And if you need inspiration, using rough concepts can give you…
March 4 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST
Show & Grow Your Prose
Join us for Show and Grow Your Prose... in-person at Gus and George's in Virginia Beach. 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…
March 4 @ 11:30 am EST - 1:30 pm EST
Young Writers Workshop
*The Winter/Spring 2023 Young Writers Workshop is full! Join the waitlist. The Young Writers Workshop explores a wide variety of genres and topics, including poetry, fiction, comics, and songwriting! During class, students engage their creative expression through various prompts, exercises, in-class writing sessions, and opportunities to share their work. All forms of creative writing are welcome. This course is open to all young writers, with or without any writing experience. Come meet your muse at the Muse Writers Center! This…
Saturdays, March 4 - March 25 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
Celebrating the Literary Witch in You
A literary generative writing class for all writers (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, flash-fiction), we’ll read about the writers featured in Literary Witches: A Celebration of Magical Women Writers by Taisia Kitaiskaia, illustrated by Katy Horan. We’ll discuss their lives and craft and write in response (genre of choice) to readings. If you can buy the book, awesome. If not, I’ll send pdfs of the material. This course will run eight weeks and is for anyone who believes writers and artists are…
Sundays, March 5 - April 23 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
Writing at the Edge of Time
The US Global Change Research Program is preparing to publish the Fifth National Climate Assessment in fall 2023; UN Climate Talks have recently wrapped up for COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh. Such venues bring policymakers, international leaders, and activists together to look at the latest data on the global climate crisis and discuss commitments to climate action. Meanwhile, what can we as individuals, as poets and artists, contribute? It is so important that we keep telling our stories, and actively imagining…
Sundays, March 5 - March 26 @ 1:00 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
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, March 7 - April 25 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST
Start Writing, Keep Writing… Write Now
Creative writing is fun! And finding your voice doesn’t have to be hard work. It’s just a matter of letting your words and ideas flow onto the page without tinkering and re-tinkering your way into a creative cul-de-sac. In this class, you’ll write--in the moment--to cues and prompts and then share your work in a safe and positive environment. (You can always opt out.) You can write in whatever form inspires you, from prose (memoir, nonfiction, fiction) to poetry. Class…
Wednesdays, March 8 - April 12 @ 7:00 pm EST - 9:30 pm EST
Creating Believable Dialogue in Fiction
This seminar is designed for writers who want to sharpen their ability to write engaging and realistic dialogue. The class begins with examples of dialogue from various writers such as Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood, Jamaica Kinkaid, Toni Morrison, Kelly Link, and Lorri Moore. After some examination and discussion, students will work on prompts and write a scene including dialogue that reveals character development. Students will have a chance to share and provide feedback for each other’s work.
March 11 @ 10:00 am EST - 12:30 pm EST
Accessibility for Those with Disabilities
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.