The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Read our teachers’ biographies and see what classes they are currently teaching.
Rick Eley is a Tidewater native, an IT professional, and an author of several fine sentences. He writes sci-fi, horror, fantasy, and both creative and instructional nonfiction. His work is featured in the Virginian-Pilot newspaper, "Issues in Science and Technology" magazine, Hampton Roads Writers newsletters, the Owl Creek Press anthology "Cabinet of Curiosities," Third Flatiron Publishing's anthology "Brain Games," and he'll be in the upcoming Fahrenheit Books sci-fi anthology "Automobilia." Four of his short stories have won prizes in multiple writing contests. Rick has also presented writing craft seminars for The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, at Hampton Roads Writers annual conferences, and for HRW's Traveling Pen series. In his spare time, he organizes the Tidewater Writers critique group and is a member of Hampton Roads Writers board of directors. Sometimes he even finds a few minutes to work on his concurrent projects: a book on the craft of modern writing, a collection of memoir short stories, and multiple sci-fi novels and short stories.
Current Classes Taught
Previous Classes Taught
- Avoiding Pantsing Pitfalls
- Five Amazing Ways to Improve Your Writing
- Getting Started (or Restarted) on a Novel
- Linear, Waterfall, Pyramid, Snowflake: Novel and Story Plotting Methods
- The Snowflake Method: Turning a Single Idea into a Novel-in One Morning
- The Snowflake Plotting Method
- Twenty Ways to Immediately Improve Your Writing
- Understanding the Three-Act Story Structure