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How to write a play: The basics of dramatic storytelling and more

The Muse and Norfolk Little Theatre are partnering to present a 4-week introductory course on the art of playwriting.  The course will focus on understanding basic dramatic structure: how do you keep a plot moving? What are the three things you should never have a character say? How do you show, not tell? How do you…

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20/30 Writers Club

The 20/30 Writers Group is a writing group for young adults sponsored by The Muse Writers Center in Ghent, Norfolk. Each meeting, we spend time chatting about writing, craft, current projects and more, along with some timed writing sprints. Come chat with us and write with us! Register to attend the Zoom meeting. Join our…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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Making Sci-Fi and Fantasy Digestible

Elaborate worldbuilding is a hallmark of science fiction and fantasy, but so is the plethora of confusing, unpronounceable, made up words and concepts. With so much information needed to tell your story, it’s easy to overwhelm your audience. This class will discuss ways to build a fantastical world and ease readers into it, making it…

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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. 

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Plotting with a Twist

Readers love a good plot twist or reveal, but what makes one good–or bad? Learn how to use foreshadowing, clues, and red herrings to direct (and misdirect!) your reader’s attention so that when the big reveal comes, they aren’t angry at you for hitting them out of nowhere with something they never could have predicted,…

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Writing the High Concept Short Story

Are you interested in what could make your short stories stand out above the crowd? In writing the high concept story, you will learn how to unearth unique ideas to place at the center of your short stories, and how to create stories that are pitchable from inception, whether these be big or grounded science…

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How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels (for Artists)

Comics are a magical blend of visuals and writing. Come explore this incredible medium of storytelling through sequential art! This introductory class will cover scripting, thumbnailing and layout, all the way to character design and getting your work into the world. Our sessions will comprise of fun exercises and lecture, along with some case studies…

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