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October 2020

A Literary Agent Reveals the Biggest Pitfalls Novel Writers Miss in Revision

Are you getting your novel ready for submission? Before starting to build his own list, literary agent Steven Salpeter read manuscripts for agents at three major agencies, and has sent revision notes to over one hundred successful authors. Whether you're writing your debut or your break-out, the mistakes covered in this session could potentially stop your polished manuscript from finding the success it deserves. Don't let this happen to you! Let a literary agent at one of the top literary…

October 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Steven Salpeter

Visual Journaling: Exploring the Imagination

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this seminar will help writers tap into a different type of creativity. We will take a quick break from structured writing and combine words with visual elements, also looking at other artists' journals. This semester, we will try simple art techniques to explore our stream of consciousness and talk about how this can be incorporated in our writing practice. The 3 techniques will include a demo of soft pastels, making your…

Sundays, October 25 - November 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Christine Rucker

Come Speak Tree, Gull, & Frog: Exploring Ecopoetics

Come speak tree, gull, and frog. Write of tides and seasons, the saved and soon lost, and the necessary beauty that still exists in a much-misused world. Ecopoetics places the human experience alongside the horseshoe crab’s, giving equal weight to each. It refuses to “other” the non-human and demands that a salamander’s right to exist be acknowledged and praised. In this moment of peril, as our natural and social systems careen toward chaos, the ecopoetic perspective provides a path forward…

Sundays, October 25 - November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Wendi White

Young Writers Workshop

In this afternoon workshop for writers ages 9-11, we will engage with creative writing and expression in multiple genres. Each session students will be provided with unique prompts and exercises to explore their creativity, with opportunity to share their work. Every class will be a little different, with rotating teachers giving guidance according to their specialty. We’ll cover such topics as Poetry, to Fiction, to Comics, Music, and more! Come engage with this diverse set of workshops, sure to tickle…

Sundays, October 18 - November 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell
Level:

Writing Through Trauma and Grief

Sharing our stories of trauma and grief through the cathartic act of writing can bring healing, hope, and acceptance. This 6 week course will explore the five stages of trauma—victim, survivor, thriver, server, empowered server—and give individuals an opportunity to assess where they are in their journey. We will be given ample time to craft and share origin stories of trauma and/or grief and provide encouragement and feedback to one another for personal use or professional publication. Please note: This…

Mondays, October 12 - December 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

The Fiction Studio: Monday Evenings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members, writers from the Advanced Fiction Workshop, 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…

Mondays, September 28 - December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

7 sessions

The Poetry Workshop

The Poetry Workshop continues with returning members, new members from Introduction to Poetry Writing, and new members with poetry writing experience.  Members of the group 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. Please note:…

Mondays, October 12 - December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

Nonfiction in a Flash

In this workshop, creative nonfiction and memoir writers will explore the genre of flash creative nonfiction (between 500 and 1,000 words). We will discuss and discover the many craft elements that make flash nonfiction an engaging, experimental and exciting genre! Every session we will generate and critique our small memoir and nonfiction stories and essays and focus on the unique opportunities that flash gives every creative nonfiction writer. Working in a shorter form allows you to take a fresh look…

Mondays, October 12 - December 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cristina Foss

Introduction to Writing Poetry

Whether you’re brand new to poetry or just need a refresher on the craft of writing poems, this class will focus on the fundamentals of what makes a great poem. With a strong emphasis on how to read a poem as a writer, this class mixes both traditional and formal poetry with modern contemporary examples and covers the basics of form and language. This class will help you build your toolbox of literary devices to begin crafting poems on your…

Mondays, October 26 - November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kindra McDonald

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Tuesday Mornings

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,…

Tuesdays, October 20 - December 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

Write Now! with The Muse Writers Center

Find The Muse and WRITE NOW! Do you wonder if you can write? Have you always wanted to write a story? Are you looking for a little inspiration? Do you need a little creative motivation? Well, we believe that everyone has a story and everyone can write it! You just need some inspiration and motivation! Come on down, join us and Write Now! A talented and qualified Muse teacher will lead you through an easy, fun, and Creative workshop full…

Tuesdays, September 22 - December 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Remy Smidt
Level:

Nonfiction Writing – ASAP

Please complete this form after every outreach class, event or meeting. https://the-muse.org/muse-teacher-end-of-outreach-form/

Tuesdays, October 6 - November 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Olivia Pelham

The Flash Fiction Short Workshop

In a world where attention spans are shrinking, novels are formatted to fit the screens of our handheld devices, and our daily witticisms are limited to 140 characters, it’s no surprise that the Flash Fiction story format has taken off. As Dorothy Parker once said, “Brevity is the soul of Flash fiction.” Just kidding, she said, “Brevity is the soul of lingerie.” But the point is, brevity is even more important for a story with a 500-1,000 word limit. Join…

Tuesdays, October 27 - December 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Abi Putnam

How to Write Comics & Graphic Novels

Comics are a magical blend of visuals and writing. Come engage this incredible medium--whether you draw or not! We'll cover comics from the ground up--from scripting the story to getting it out into the world. Topics include character design, the relationship between a writer and an artist, layout, and so much more. The course will comprise of fun exercises and lecture, along with some case studies and games to mix it up. No experience required. Let's make comics! Please note:…

Tuesdays, October 27 - December 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Adam Meuse

Write Anything

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, October 27 - January 5 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Sarah Pringle

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 members…

Wednesdays, October 21 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Alison Schoew

Introduction to Fiction Writing: Wednesday 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,…

Wednesdays, October 21 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Dana Staves

Introduction to Screenwriting: Wednesday Evenings

This course is designed as both an introduction for students who are new to screenwriting, and as continuity for those who have already started writing a screenplay and wish to further develop their scripts. No matter your level of experience, everyone will benefit from the groups’ members sharing their experiences they encounter. Class activities will include: discussing and developing story ideas, and sharing comments and suggesting solutions; an introduction to the three-act structure and the critical importance of the first…

Wednesdays, October 21 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Songwriting: The Lyrical Craft

Songwriting is an ancient form--one of the earliest means of passing on oral history. Over thousands of years, it has evolved into a many faceted art-form, a source of entertainment, catharsis or escapism. In this workshop, we will explore the songwriting process through listening, writing and editing. We will examine songs from a variety of genres and time periods to investigate what it is that makes a song “stick” with us or not. Through both individual and collaborative efforts, we…

Wednesdays, October 28 - December 9 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

Introduction to Screenwriting: Thursday Mornings

This course is designed as both an introduction for students who are new to screenwriting, and as continuity for those who have already started writing a screenplay and wish to further develop their scripts. No matter your level of experience, everyone will benefit from the groups’ members sharing their experiences they encounter. Class activities will include: discussing and developing story ideas, and sharing comments and suggesting solutions; an introduction to the three-act structure and the critical importance of the first…

Thursdays, October 22 - December 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Matt Friedman

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir: Thursday Mornings

“True Stories Told Well,” is the definition given by Lee Gutkind, the founder and publisher of Creative Nonfiction Magazine of the 4th genre known as Creative Nonfiction. Whether it be a memoir, a personal essay, or a literary journalistic article in The New Yorker, the truth can be told in a compelling way that keeps the reader engaged. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will…

Thursdays, October 22 - December 17 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Lisa Cooper

Turbo-Powered Narratives

Whether you write memoir, fiction, creative nonfiction, or narrative poetry, getting the words on the page is only the beginning of the sculpting process. In this class for intermediate writers, we will experiment with a series of tools to turbo-power your work so that it is resonant and unforgettable.  Tools will include: wordplay/diction, emotion and empathy, “killing your darlings,” and the good kind of theft. Each session is generative, where participants will focus on a craft point, exercise it through…

Thursdays, October 1 - November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Desiree Cooper

Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir: Thursday Evenings

“True Stories Told Well,” is the definition given by Lee Gutkind, the founder and publisher of Creative Nonfiction Magazine of the 4th genre known as Creative Nonfiction. Whether it be a memoir, the personal essay, or a literary journalistic article in The New Yorker, the truth can be told in a compelling way that keeps the reader engaged. In this class, we will move toward uncovering the true stories about ourselves and the world and telling them well. We will…

Thursdays, October 22 - December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

8 sessions
Teacher: Olivia Pelham

Surrealist Poetry

Andre Breton's best answer to the question "What is your name?" was "Forty-Five Houses." Now that NASA has discovered a whole universe that consists of little to no dark matter, it's probably time to refocus on embracing commotion and uncertainty, surprise and anticipation. To invite the dead-end, then invent a way out on your own. Perplexity can be a miracle. From French Symbolism to South American leaping poems, we'll span gender, sex, creed, culture, and end up in a better…

Saturdays, October 10 - October 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Jeffrey Hecker

Oceans & Climate in Worldbuilding

Whether your characters are exploring deep-sea ruins or chasing sky pirates through the highest clouds, the choices you make with these environments can lend verisimilitude to your fictional worlds. In this Research for Writers seminar, we will examine the pivotal influence of oceans and atmosphere on the living world. We will explore the many layers of the open ocean, from the sunlit surface to the abyssal seafloor, and we will follow the atmosphere from sea level to the thin edge…

October 31 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Teacher: John Aguiar

Poetry of Self-Compassion

English poet, David Whyte, describes self-compassion as a form of faith, a way in which to converse with the world, and as poets, we can only best perform this act with innocent eyes. In this class, we will attempt to do just that. We will grant ourselves permission to wonder again, to gaze at the world freshly, to recognize our innate curiosities as our own spiritual journeys and to return to those curiosities with sacred ferocity. And in turn, hopefully,…

Saturdays, October 10 - October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Amanda Gomez

Weaving the World: Roleplaying Games as Spontaneous Story Generators

Roleplaying games are a unique form of collaborative storytelling, as players explore an imagined world through the eyes of their characters. They are also fantastic inspiration generators for writers, weaving dynamic, spontaneous, and deeply immersive stories. In this seminar we will use writing prompts and dice rolls to create some basic elements of an imaginary world together, then create our own characters by choosing a few evocative details. In the second half of the session, we’ll dive into the world…

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Gabriel Robinson

Fiction Writing – ASAP

Please complete this after every outreach class meeting: https://the-muse.org/muse-teacher-end-of-outreach-form/

Saturdays, October 3 - November 7 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Zinna

November 2020

Storytelling Next: Taking Your Story Further

This advanced storytelling class is open to anyone who has taken at least Storytelling 1 with Sheila Arnold. This class will have at least one focused topic a week, i.e., tandem storytelling, spoken word, etc., but also each student will be given individual instruction, critique, and/or guidance as they work on stories they would like to present. So come and join Sheila, and let's go to your NEXT! Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must…

Sundays, November 1 - November 15 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Sheila Arnold

Teen Writers Class: Monday Evenings

In this workshop, you can explore multiple genres: fiction, creative nonfiction, and/or poetry. We’ll get started with creative exercises, prompts, and readings, and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing. Come hone your unique writing voice in a creative and fun atmosphere. *Student's parent or legal guardian must complete Student Release in order to participate in the class.…

Mondays, October 5 - December 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell
Level:

The Advanced Fiction Workshop

The Advanced Fiction Workshop continues with returning members, writers from The Fiction Workshop level, and new members with advanced fiction workshop experience. Having learned and refined the essential craft elements of fiction writing, it is time to actively write and revise our original short stories and chapters of novels. We will continue to master the art of constructive critique in our workshop, offering thoughtful suggestions that will lead to meaningful revision of our work. All members of the group will…

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

6 sessions
Teacher: Jacob Gregory

The Advanced Poetry Workshop

The Advanced Poetry Workshop is an expansion of the principles and techniques learned in the Poetry Workshop. It is open to students who have completed previous workshop-level classes at The Muse or those who have an 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 and emotional richness. Students will be expected to submit regularly…

Mondays, October 19 - December 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Noah Renn

The Fiction Studio: Tuesday Evenings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members, writers from the Advanced Fiction Workshop, 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…

Tuesdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions

The Advanced Romance Workshop

From the meet-cute to the crucial HEA (or happily ever after), a well-crafted romance is a joy to read and to write. The Advanced Romance Workshop is for experienced romance writers working on a romance manuscript (or women’s fiction with a romance arc). We’ll focus on reading and providing feedback for our peers. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

Tuesdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Dana Staves

The Screenwriting Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

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, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Diane Fine

The Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop: Tuesday Evenings

Returning members, new writers from Introduction to Creative Nonfiction & Memoir, and new members with CNF writing experience will actively write and workshop original work while taking a deeper look at the essential craft elements of writing that polishes the truth. We will learn the power of the first person and the limitations & benefits of writing in the third, practice and refine research and memory habits and techniques, continue to learn how to give and take constructive critique, and…

Tuesdays, October 6 - December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Cynthia Davis

The Fiction Studio: Wednesday Mornings

The Fiction Studio continues with returning members, writers from the Advanced Fiction Workshop, 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…

Wednesdays, October 7 - December 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kelly Sokol

The Fiction Workshop: Wednesday Mornings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning members, new members from Introduction to Fiction Writing, and new members with fiction writing 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…

Wednesdays, October 7 - December 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

The Advanced Memoir & Creative Nonfiction Workshop

In this advanced workshop, experienced students working on personal essays and memoir chapters will receive guidance, support, and feedback. We'll continue to shape experiences and their meanings on the page; discuss higher-level elements of craft and structures; and create strategies for revision. We’ll also use prompts, exercises, and discussions based on readings by notable authors, to generate new scenes and stories. Each member of the group will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session.…

Wednesdays, October 21 - January 6 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Shawn Girvan

The Advanced Young Adult Fiction Workshop

This workshop will work with advanced writers to explore the unique elements of writing for teen and young adult readers. Members of the group will actively write and revise original short stories and chapters of novels and submit material for review. You will have at least two to three opportunities to be critiqued during the session. This advanced workshop is open to all writers who have read at least three young adult novels within the last two years (title recommendations…

Wednesdays, October 7 - December 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Erin Beaty

Teen Writers Fellowship Fall 2020 Workshop

Fall workshop for those who have completed the Teen Writers Fellowship in 2019 or 2020, and have not yet graduated from high school. Only Fellows who match these criteria are eligible for this workshop. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection and a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

Thursdays, October 8 - November 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Jessica Kelley

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. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone.

Thursdays, October 8 - December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Kristin Mehaffey

The Fiction Workshop: Thursday Evenings

The Fiction Workshop continues with returning members, new members from Introduction to Fiction Writing, and new members with fiction writing 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…

Thursdays, October 8 - December 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

6 sessions
Teacher: Alicia Dekker

Teen Writers Class: Saturday Mornings

In this workshop, you can explore fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and more. Each meeting, teachers will lead different breakout groups, focused on different genres, with creative exercises, prompts, and readings. You can learn a new genre or sharpen your skills while working on something you are already writing and have ample time to share and comment on each other’s work. Plus, we’ll have a visit or two from our comic book writing teacher to work with visual stories. Come hone…

Saturdays, October 24 - December 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Rebekah Coxwell
Level:

Begin, See, See Again

Revision may be the most demanding aspect of being a writer, but it need not be drudgery. In fact, reworking poems should be as focused on discovery and development as it is on cutting and correcting. With a blueprint that I will pass out at the start, each student will take one (or two) of his/her/their original poems through several stages of re-seeing that will promote a more inspired and creative approach to revision. Please note: This class is an…

Saturdays, November 7 - November 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Tim Seibles

Creating a Web Presence and Blog

Are you ready to launch your writing career? You’ll need an online presence where readers can find you. Whether you are already published and need to create an online portfolio, or you are just getting started and would like to begin blogging, an author website and blog will help you begin to build your online platform. We’ll work through the step-by-step process of setting up the typical three-page author website, and we will examine ways to keep a blog fresh…

Saturdays, November 7 - November 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Belinda Elliott

Gothic Fiction

Many contemporary novels and short stories draw inspiration from Gothic literature. We will explore the monstrous and the sublime by reading such writers as Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Mary Shelley, Horacio Quiroga, Neil Gaiman, and Karen Russell. Discussions will include identifying Gothic characteristics and incorporating them in your own work in fresh ways. The class will consist of writing prompts, discussions, and workshops. The goal of this class is to write and workshop your own version of a…

November 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Art of The Ode

A creative, start-to-finish workshop for writers of poetry, songwriting, and prose to explore the marriage between abstracts and emotions with a little absurdity and humor. Join us and dive into the art of the ode! Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with a webcam and microphone. *Student’s parent or legal guardian must complete Student Release in order to participate in the class. Please review…

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Skye Zentz

Planning vs. Seat-of-the-Pantsing

Are you a meticulous planner, or do you just wing it? In this session we'll explore strategies designed to add variety to your palette of writing techniques. If you're a planner, you'll learn how seat-of-the-pants writing can help you connect the dots. If your style is more free-form, we'll look at how peeking at the road ahead can inspire your writing in the here-and-now. This will be a writing lab, so bring pen and paper, or your laptop. Please note:…

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: John DeDakis

Pitch Perfect: Strategies to Successfully Query, Pitch, and Talk about Your Writing to Agents

Are you taking meetings, preparing query letters, or trying to break into book publishing? Let literary agent Steven Salpeter walk you through the strategies to discuss and submit your work effectively, and avoid the most common many authors make in the pitch, query and submission processes. This course will cover an overview of the book publishing process after your manuscript is written, including how to find a literary agent, how to talk about your writing, how to submit your writing,…

November 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Steven Salpeter

Ukulele Performance Workshop

This class will build upon the fundamentals of Ukulele playing while growing your confidence and performance skills. We'll mix in some fun new chords and incorporate a variety of strumming and picking patterns, developing our own personal playing styles. This class will culminate in a UKEBOX Open Mic where each student will have a chance to prepare, arrange and perform a song of their choice for a supportive audience of ukulele lovers! Ukulele for Beginners (or a comparable level of…

Mondays, November 9 - November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Skye Zentz

Write Now! with The Muse Writers Center – for Kids & Teens!

Find The Muse and WRITE NOW! Do you wonder if you can write? Have you always wanted to write a story? Are you looking for a little inspiration? Do you need a little creative motivation? Well, we believe that everyone has a story and everyone can write it! You just need some inspiration and motivation! Come on down, join us and Write Now! A talented and qualified Muse teacher will lead you through an easy, fun, and Creative workshop full…

Tuesdays, September 8 - December 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Remy Smidt
Level:

Thrilling Takeoffs: How to Nail Your First Chapter

Join multi-award-winning thriller author Brad Parks as he shares his secrets for how to hook readers (and agents! and editors!) with your all-important first chapter. Brad will share what he’s learned across more than a decade as an international bestselling author, offering examples that, while mostly taken from the thriller/suspense reads, can be generalized across all genres. Students will also be invited to submit their first chapters to Brad ahead of time for an anonymous in-class critique. Please note: This…

November 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Teacher: Brad Parks

The Business Behind Screenwriting

Talent is only one part of being a successful screenwriter. Navigating the complicated movie industry, with its many layers of professional personnel, is another. Working as a professional feature film screenwriter demands an understanding of development, rewrites, genres, marketability, drafts, studios, unions, and much more. This class provides a thorough explanation of all facets of the unique business of being a professional feature film screenwriter. Learn how to register your script and position it to become a feature film. Learn…

November 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Tools of the Trade: Building a Fantasy World

Why do so many fantasy novels take place in the same, medieval, pseudo-European setting? How can writers create unique, fully-realized environments that readers will want to get lost in? Dive into techniques for architecting your own world and learn how elements such as geography, technology, economics, weather, government, culture and more are all integral to crafting a tale designed to delight. Expect to leave the seminar with the building blocks of your own fantasy world as well as a plan…

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Leslye Penelope

Masks

Forms may be understood as masks; personas may be understood as masks; some poets have conceived as poetry as the mask of the gods, others as masks they don to reveal themselves without (they argued) revealing themselves. The politics of masks precedes the current pandemic, and the sub-literate rah-rah which attends so many conversations on so many subjects today, including the subject of masks. That pre-cursive politics has been playing out in American poetry for decades: the poem, one side…

Saturdays, November 14 - December 19 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

5 sessions
Teacher: Tom Yuill

Visual Journaling Advanced Workshop

“Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people.” --Leo Burnett. In this workshop, we will continue the curiosities from the introductory course. We will explore advanced techniques with the basic art supplies in your visual journaling art desk. The 3 techniques include suminagashi with colored ink, homemade paints with kitchen herbs and introduction to inking. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable…

Sundays, November 15 - December 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

3 sessions
Teacher: Christine Rucker

The Poetry Studio

The studio continues: Members of the group will actively write and revise original poetry, with a special emphasis on the careful review of members' work, the examination of the literary and commercial marketplace, and the submission of work for publication. Work will be submitted in advance of each meeting. All poems submitted will be critiqued during that meeting. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device…

Tuesdays, October 20 - January 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

4 sessions

How to Self-Publish Your Book

You’ve written a great book, but the query letter/literary agent/publisher game isn’t your cup of tea. Have you considered self-publishing? With print-on-demand, it's easier than ever to get your book into print—and e-books are even easier! From platform choice to formatting and cover design, this workshop will answer your questions and walk you through the process of getting your manuscript ready to market in both print and e-book formats. Please note: This class is an online class. To participate, students…

November 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Lisa Ray

Organizing & Schedule Management for Creative People

Getting organized and managing your schedule as a creative person requires us to think in nontraditional ways. There’s no one person exactly like you, so why should your organizational methods be a cookie-cutter solution? In this class you will learn how to assess your current schedule in a new framework of energy management. We will analyze your: optimal times of day, time-blocking, mental triggers to behavior patterns that have prevented you from staying organized in the past. Each student will…

November 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Anna Fitzgerald

Writing Workshop at Overture (TAO)

Please complete this after every outreach class meeting: https://the-muse.org/muse-teacher-end-of-outreach-form/

November 23 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Teacher: Kelly Sokol

The Poem is a Book is a Plane Ticket is a Chess Piece is a Lost Earring is the Clapper in a Little Bell is a Room Where You Can Breathe

In this 4-session class, each session we will read and write poems on different (but related) themes: Awareness/Intuition; Strength; Solidarity; Care. Workshop participants will be provided with prompts to inspire both their writing and a second layer of exploration— We will sketch out and exchange creative ideas for adding visual elements to our work. As we are inspired, perhaps we'll try collage; or turn poems into postcards, cutouts, erasures, illustrated letters, accordion books, mini poetry zines, repurposed books, matchbox poems,…

Sundays, November 29 - December 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions
Teacher: Luisa A. Igloria

December 2020

Getting Your Chapbook Ready: A How-To Seminar

Are you thinking of putting a chapbook together? If you have a good number of poems—say 20-30—that you’re pleased with, and have some of them published in literary journals, print or digital, this two-session workshop can help you achieve your goal. Or, maybe you’re still working toward the goal of 20+ poems but aren’t there yet. You’ll benefit from this workshop too. Reviewing published chapbooks for insights and ideas, we’ll explore the mechanics of chapbook preparation, a history of the…

Saturdays, December 5 - December 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Suzanne Rhodes

Writing Diversely

Are you an author who wants to write own voices stories but you're not sure whether you should? Or are you an author who wants to write point of view (POV) characters who do not share your ethnic background, but you're not sure if you should? In this workshop, we will explore the hard questions of whether you should make that leap. The main focus of this class will be on race and ethnicity. Students will engage with critical race…

December 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

The Nuts and Bolts of Scrivener

Scrivener is a streamlined and user friendly word processor that offers more to the writer than Microsoft Word or Mac Pages ever could. It’s designed for writing projects. You can organize your books, chapters, short stories, scenes, character sheets, setting descriptions, outlines, and anything else you can think of all in one easy-to-access document, which allows you to seamlessly switch between each element. To use the program to its full capacity, new users to the program need to know where…

December 5 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Chris De Matteo

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, December 6 - December 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

2 sessions
Teacher: Shannon Curtin

Write Now – ASAP

Please complete this after every outreach class meeting: https://the-muse.org/muse-teacher-end-of-outreach-form/

December 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Alison Schoew

Mike Krentz Book Launch & Reading

Join us as we celebrate the release of Mike Krentz’s Novel, “Dead Already.” Mike will read from his novel and stick around for some Q&A and discussion. The virtual event will be streamed live on Facebook and right here! Mike Krentz writes medical suspense and military fiction featuring complex characters. His medical stories transport the reader into the stressful environment of emergency medicine, where life battles death amid terrifying screams, plaintive whimpers, and shouted orders; where fallible humans strive to…

December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Sensitivity Reader Training: How to Become a Sensitivity Reader

Misrepresentation in media is rampant, but what if you could help authors write characters in an accurate and respectful way? If you belong to a marginalized group (People of Color/LGBTQ+/Disability/etc.) or have worked in an occupation that is often misrepresented in media (Military/Police/etc.) you could become a new type of editor called a Sensitivity Reader. In this course, we will discuss the purpose of reading works for accurate representation, how to identify stereotypes and harmful content in a manuscript and…

December 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Your Writer’s Life: On Not Losing Your Soul to Publishing

In this class we will explore ways to manifest a writer’s life that feels authentic and positive to you. How can you make time and space to write and feel good about your writing practice? How can you find your place in a writers’ community that is nurturing to you and your work? We will also talk about what a publishing journey could look like for you, with details about the pre- and post-publishing life meant to leave you excited…

December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Diane Zinna
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