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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

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, October 5 - December 14 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions

ODU LitFest: Live Virtual Reading with Matt Bell

This event will live-stream on the ODU Literary Festival Facebook page. Matt Bell's latest novel, Appleseed, was released in July 2021 from Custom House. His craft book Refuse to Be Done, a guide to novel writing, rewriting, and revision, will follow in early 2022 (Soho Press). He also wrote the novels Scrapper and In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods, as well as the short story collection A Tree or a Person or a Wall,…

October 5 @ 12:30 pm EDT - 1:30 pm EDT

ODU LitFest: Reading with Molly McCully Brown

This event will be hosted at the University Theatre, and simultaneously live-streamed on the ODU Literary Festival Facebook page. Molly McCully Brown is the author of the essay collection, Places I've Taken My Body, which was named one of Kirkus Reviews' best nonfiction titles of 2020, and the poetry collection, The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded, which won the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize. With Susannah Nevision, she wrote the poetry collection In the Field Between Us.…

October 5 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

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: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkceCoqjspEt14xidO0dPpgQk-sa-hSMS1

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

3 sessions

The Memoir Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

Workshop is for writers who want to think seriously about their book-length memoir or essays in the context of narrative voice, structure and improving their craft. We’ll use exercises, discussion, readings, and peer review to give you strategies for revision or help you see your memoir in a new light. Each week we will workshop pieces from class members and discuss characterization, description, scene vs. narrative summary, time and pacing, arc, and real-world consequences and ethical considerations when writing and…

Tuesdays, October 5 - December 14 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Cynthia Davis

The Advanced 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 advanced screenwriting students.

Tuesdays, October 5 - December 14 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

The Fiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

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. We will refine the understanding of POV and the limitations & benefits of those choices, learn revision on the sentence level, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and master writing active prose. All members of the group…

Tuesdays, October 5 - December 14 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 9:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Patrick Dacey

ODU LitFest: Live Virtual Reading with Dantiel W. Moniz

This event will live-stream on the ODU Literary Festival Facebook page. Dantiel W. Moniz has received the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction, the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Emerging Writer Award by the Key West Literary Seminars, and a Tin House Scholarship. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Paris Review, Tin House, Ploughshares, the Yale Review, Joyland, and McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. Milk Blood Heat is her first book. She lives in Northeast Florida.

October 5 @ 7:00 pm EDT - 8:00 pm EDT

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Mornings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members 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 must receive pre-approval to register from…

Wednesdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 10:00 am EDT - 12:30 pm EDT

6 sessions
Teacher: Kelly Sokol

ODU LitFest: Live Virtual Reading with Mansoor Adayfi

This event will live-stream on the ODU Literary Festival Facebook page. At age 18, Mansoor Adayfi left his home in Yemen for a cultural mission to Afghanistan. He never returned. Kidnapped by warlords and sold to the U.S. after 9/11, he was rendered to Guantánamo Bay where he spent the next 15 years without being charged with a crime. He now lives in Belgrade, Serbia, where he writes and advocates for prisoner and detainee rights. His memoir of time at…

October 6 @ 10:00 am EDT - 11:00 am EDT

ODU LitFest: Live Virtual Reading with Lynn Waltz & Amanda Galvan Huynh

This event will live-stream on the ODU Literary Festival Facebook page. Lynn Waltz is a writer, journalist, and professor of journalism at Hampton University. She is the author of Hog Wild: The Battle for Workers' Rights at the World's Largest Slaughterhouse, which exposes 16 years of labor law violations by Smithfield Foods. Twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, her work freed a wrongly imprisoned man and exposed abuses by a Virginia legislator. Her feature about a death row chaplain was…

October 6 @ 2:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

ODU LitFest: Playwright & Director Kareem Fahmy

This event will live-stream on the ODU Literary Festival Facebook page, featuring ODU Department of Communication & Theatre Arts Students reading a scene from "A Distinct Society" at University Theatre. Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born playwright and director of Egyptian descent. His plays, which include A Distinct Society, The Triumphant, Pareidolia, The In-Between, and an adaptation of the acclaimed Egyptian novel The Yacoubian Building, have been developed at theaters across the country. Directing fellowships and residencies include Sundance Theatre Lab,…

October 6 @ 4:00 pm EDT - 5:00 pm EDT

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