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Wow! Thank You! 2016 Give Local 757
Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, liked, and/or sent great energy our way during Give Local 757 2016! Our goal was to raise $10,000 (in 2015, we raised $8,700 with 156 donors; and in 2014, we raised $3,000 with 48 donors). This year, we raised more than $12,800 from about 239 generous donors!
In 24-ish hours, we raised $8,610.75 online, $700 in offline donations (when the national server got picked for jury duty), $1,514 in bonus donations, and then, among 223 other nonprofits, we won a $2,000 donation prize for having the third highest number (225) of online donors. That means you, and we really, really appreciate it.
Special Prize to Donors: We three names from our list of donors to win one of three gift certificates for a free Muse seminar. The winners are: Sarah Hill, Mary Wilt, and Michael Shaw.
Did you know? The Muse provides tuition assistance and scholarships to more than 100 students each year, and helps send 3 people to college each year. We just moved into a beautiful new 2,700 sq. ft. facility, complete with a library and an auditorium, and we offer more than 200 classes and serve more than 1,100 students (from age 8 to post-retirement) each year, and The Muse helps give writers a voice, organizing readings and open mics for more than 300 adults, teens, and kids each year. Your donations will help us continue to grow and better serve the community! Thank you for your support!
Give Local 757 is sponsored locally by the Peninsula Community Foundation, The Southeast Virginia Community Foundation, and The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and was part of a nationwide 24-hour giving event. Thank you very much to these three local foundations for their help and support.
Even though this event is concluded, you can always donate to The Muse.
Our 239 Generous Donors:
The NEW Muse Writers Center
Ten years ago, The Muse Writers Center began by borrowing classroom and reading space from other art centers. Today, The Muse is a thriving literary center ready to expand, and weíre excited to have moved back to where we began, The Ghent Market Shops. Our new, 2,700 square-foot facility houses five large classrooms, two semi-private rooms for writers who need a little more quiet to work, office space, a kitchen, two restrooms, as well as a library and an auditorium.
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, Virginia (VA) is an organization for Hampton Roads writers, new and experienced, to come together in creative writing classes, readings, and special events.
Muse Creative Writing Classes are designed by our teachers for writers of all ages, backgrounds, and experience. Beginning classes welcome novice writers as well as those with some writing experience who are looking for a structured environment in which to bloom. Advanced classes, or studios, offer a community and guidance while working on a literary project and follow the graduate level workshop model, where current work is distributed to all members of the studio for helpful criticism and advice. Offerings include those in poetry, fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction, screenwriting, playwriting, comic book writing, children's book writing, and grammar.
The Muse's instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations.
At the end of each workshop or studio session, The Muse hosts free, public readings in the Norfolk, Virginia (VA) area, which give all of our workshop and studio participants the opportunity to present their work to a supportive audience. Always well attended, our readings bring together the literary community here in Hampton Roads to celebrate our writers accomplishments.
The Muse is dedicated to broadening community awareness and support of the literary arts. In addition to offering writing classes, The Muse is a resource center and a place for all writers in the Norfolk, Virginia (Hampton Roads, VA) area to come together, share ideas, and figure out what language can hold. Come to one of our events and learn more about us.
The Muse Writers Center's projects, classes, and events are made possible in part through sponsorship by the City of Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Muse Tuition Assistance & Scholarships
The Muse Writers Center's projects, classes, and events are made possible in part through sponsorship by the City of Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Top of page.
A big thank you to The Miller Oil Foundation for a $1,000 grant in 2014 to help support The Muse Writers Center's teen writers program. We very much appreciate it! Top of page.
In 2006, The Muse Writers Center was granted 501(c)(3) non-profit status. We are in the process of applying for grants to support our permanent home in central Ghent for classroom space, readings space, meeting space, and a writers' resource center and library. We will soon announce a Membership program, members being eligible to receive discounts on classes and extended use of resources. We will update this website soon with more information. Top of page.