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the muse's readings & events

Throughout the year (and usually timed with the completion of our workshop and studio sessions), we hold public readings, open houses, special performances, and special events in the Norfolk, Virginia (VA) area.

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January Reading Series

Please support our restaurant hosts and have dinner and drinks at the reading. Make a reservation—it guarantees you a space. As these are special events, please be aware that most everyone is arriving and ordering at the same time—patience is a virtue.

Come and support the readers from our Fall 2014 Creative Writing classes, including readings of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and memoir. Feel free to let us know you're coming on Facebook.


Tuesday, January 6
7 p.m.

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172

Readers: Brian Barnett, Deborah H. Baxter, Steve Campbell, Barbara Carlson, Matt Foster, Hunter Gentry, Rebecca Burcher Jones, Rebecca Lane, Jason Mintel, Rosemary Morton, Charles Rhodes, Taniki Richard, Susan Barrie Sussman, & Karen Tatum.

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Wednesday, January 14
7 p.m.

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172

Readers: Jeff Brisendine, Jereme A. Burch, Ryan Byrne, Cindy Carlson, Kathryn Copeland, Gretchen Gillen, Amber Kure, Greg Lee, Sheila Sheppard Lovelady, Kenneth MacGillivray, Sr., Una MacGillivray, Kindra McDonald, Elaine Panneton. & Dianne Seymore.

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Thursday, January 22
7 p.m.

La Bella in Ghent
738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172

Readers: Sheri Beyrau, Roger Corrie, Christopher De Matteo, David Hurley, Sara Kooij, Cindy Lane, Catherine Malley, Kelley McGee-Sousa, Marc Pessar, Joseph Radwich, Kathy Sarosdy, Milt Saunders, Brittanie Smith, Jane White, & Linda Yates Wilson.

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Muse Teen Reading

Saturday, January 3, 11:30 a.m.

Push Comedy Theater
763 Granby St., Norfolk Arts District, 23510

Featuring writers and performers from the Muse's Teen Writers Workshops

Readers: Jack DuBeau, Zachary Earnest, Wesley Harper, Laurel Hunter, Charlotte Walker Hurley, Gabriela Igloria, Sydney Kurtz, Maya Porten, Claire Ross, Jon Phillip Schulze, Gracie White, Mikayla Zopfi, & Miranda Zopfi

Free and Open to the Public!

Come support these talented teens!

Muse Young Writers Reading

Sunday, January 4, 1 p.m.

Push Comedy Theater
763 Granby St., Norfolk Arts District, 23510

Featuring writers and performers from the Muse's Young Writers Workshop

Readers: Maddi Carmi, Jorja Connelley, Maya Delaney, Giannia Dunn, Priya Dunn, Allyson Harris, Joshua Pierre, & Lily St. Remy

Free and Open to the Public!

Come support these talented young writers!

Writers' Happy Hour Every Wednesday

Every week, we'll be visiting a different bar in Norfolk's Ghent!
Join us every Wednesday from 5:15-7 p.m. at a different location in Norfolk's Ghent for an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation, camaraderie, and drinks. Come and join us! Feel free to let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Calendar of Wednesday Writers' Happy Hours:

Wednesday, December 24: Winter Break. No Happy Hour.

Wednesday, December 31: Winter Break. No Happy Hour.

1st Friday Writers' Coffee Break

at Cafe Stella
10:30 a.m.-Noon

1907 Colonial Ave., Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 625-0461

Join us every 1st Friday of the month from 10:30 a.m.-Noon at Cafe Stella in Ghent for an informal get-together where area writers and Muse teachers, students, and friends enjoy conversation and camaraderie over a (perhaps much needed) coffee break. Each month will be hosted by different Muse teachers, who will be available to answer questions from current and prospective students about their classes, The Muse, and writing in general in addition to just hanging out over a cup of coffee or tea. Feel free to let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Friday, January 2: Co-hosted by Patti Hinson and Michael Khandelwal

Friday, February 6: Co-hosted by Kelly Avery and Michael Khandelwal

More To Be Announced

Come and join us!

The Muse Jam

7-10 p.m., the 2nd Friday of each month

At The Muse Writers Center (816-A Orapax St., Ghent, Norfolk, (Directions and maps). Hosted by Dan Duke. Open to all.

Everyone's the Audience, Everyone Can Play

Join us for an evening where everyone is welcome to make music, sing, read, laugh, or just hang out and listen. This is not an "open-mic" with a sign-up list. The Muse Jam is more fun! We'll alternate between individual-led and collaborative performance and pure unplugged jams. Who's welcome? Anyone from beginners to professionals, whether you like to play an instrument or just listen, sing or be sung to, read your work or hear great stories and poems, practice your standup or improv or laugh yourself silly. Feel free to bring songbooks, sheet music, instruments, and friends. Suggested donation: $2 (goes to our scholarship funds; donation not required to attend).




Thank You!

The Muse
Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, liked, and/or sent great energy our way for our first online fundraiser! We raised more than $3,000 and also received $600 in two bonus donations!
Give Local 757 was part of a 24-hour online nationwide event, featuring hundreds of communities and thousands of nonprofits and sponsored locally by the Peninsula Community Foundation.
This money will go a long way toward helping us maintain our community and provide great classes and seminars, great teachers, and great scholarships at The Muse.
Thank You for a great day!
Even though this event is concluded, you can always donate to The Muse.

Our 48 Generous Donors:

Five Anonymous Donors
Kelly Avery
Jeffrey Becker
Jon Berry
Andrea Bourguignon
Cindy Carlson
Stephanie Catherines
Monica Cetrone
John Chappell
Gregory Cina
Shawn Drew
Courtney Dyer
Robert Edwards
Kimberly Engebrigtsen
Scott Fales
Selina Foreman
Albert Hartley
Caitlin Hayes
Charles Hecht-Leavitt
Leslie Hecht-Leavitt
Lily Hecht-Leavitt
Janella Hecker (In recognition
of the hard work and dedication
of Alicia Dekker)

Patti Hinson
Jennifer Hitchcock
Cheryl Hornung (a tribute to
all the writers in her family,
especially her father)

Pamela McWhorter Hurley
Stella Jones
Govind Khandelwal
Michael Khandelwal
Frank Kozusko
Mandy Martin
Patrick McCarthy
Kent Miller
Lori Pennington
Marc Pessar
Shawn Rockhold
Loraine Schroeder
Barbara Scout
Kelley Sousa
Karen and Chris Steele
Barbara J. Taylor
Rick Voight
David Wilhelm
Valerie Wilkinson