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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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September 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 Summer 2014 Creative Writing classes, including readings of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Feel free to let us know you're coming on Facebook.


Tuesday, September 23
7 p.m.

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

Readers: Bill Ayres, Shannon Curtin, Alicia Dekker, Michael Frost, Liz Healy, Robin Keeney, Sheila Sheppard Lovelady, Catherine Malley, Taniki Richard, Laurel Shepherd, Tania Taloute, Karen Tatum, Paul Tschiderer, Jane White, & Mary Wilt

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Muse Teen Reading

Sunday, September 21, 1 p.m.
Mary D. Pretlow Library

111 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk, 23503, 441-1750

Featuring writers from the Muse's Teen Writers Workshops

Readers: Lynnell Bailey, Sarah Berry, Devon Donis, Jack DuBeau, Zachary Earnest, Shayla Fleshman, Faith Handley, Evan Hartley, Rhiannon Harvey, Charlotte Walker Hurley, Gabriela Igloria, John Mayorga, Storm Owens, Kree Pace, Loranika Sharma, Varanika Sharma, Jazmyne Walker, Gracie White, & Mikayla Zopfi

Free and Open to the Public!

Come support these talented teens!

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, September 17: Smartmouth Brewing Company (1309 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk, 23507, 624-3939, one block from The Muse), great beer specials.

Wednesday, September 24: 328 Tequila Lounge (328 W. 20th St., Norfolk, 23517, 314-1141, former site of Lola's), $6 wine by the glass, $5 old fashioneds, $5 margaritas, $5 draft beers, $2 off signature cocktails.

Wednesday, October 1: The Green Onion (1603 Colley Ave., Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 963-1200), 1/2 price glasses of wine, 1/2 price Virginia beers, $2 off well drinks.

Wednesday, October 8: Cafe Stella (1907 Colonial Ave., Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 625-0461) $1 off wines by the glass and beer.

Wednesday, October 15: The Birch Bar (1231 West Olney Rd., West Ghent, Norfolk, 23507, 962-5400, a few blocks from The Muse), $5 beer specials.

Wednesday, October 22: Pancho & Luigiís (4012 Colley Ave., Norfolk) More information coming soon.

Wednesday, October 29: 80/20 Burger Bar (123 W. 21st St., Norfolk, 23517, 233-7900, where the old Boot used to be), $1 off all drinks for happy hour.

Wednesday, November 5: Tap House Grill (931 W 21st St., Norfolk, 23517, 627-9172) $1 off all drinks. Stay for the Open-Mic at 9 p.m. hosted by Tom Robotham.

Wednesday, November 12: Luna Maya (2010 Colley Ave. and 21st St., Norfolk, 23517, 622-6986), $3 drafts, $6 margaritas and special drinks till 6:30 p.m.,

Wednesday, November 19: O'Sullivan's Wharf (4300 Colley Ave., Norfolk, 23508, 961-0899), $1 off non-tequila well drinks, $1 off domestic bottles.

Wednesday, November 26: Thanksgiving Break. No Happy Hour.

Wednesday, December 3: Tap House Grill in Hampton (17 E. Queens Way, Hampton, 224-5829, downtown historic Hampton) $1 off all drinks. Join us for our first Happy Hour on the Peninsula!

Wednesday, December 10: Tortilla West (508 Orapax St., West Ghent, Norfolk, 23507, 440-3777, a few blocks from The Muse), $1 off drinks, $3.50 well drinks.

Wednesday, December 17: Chow Restaurant & Bar (5103 Colley Ave, Norfolk, 23508, 321-2923); $1 off all drinks.

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, October 3: Co-hosted by Patti Hinson and Michael Khandelwal

Friday, November 7: Co-hosted by Dillon Tripp and Michael Khandelwal

More To Be Announced

Come and join us!

The Muse Jam

NOTE: The Jam is on Hiatus




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