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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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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, July 8: 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, July 15: Chow Restaurant & Bar (5103 Colley Ave, Norfolk, 23508, 321-2923); $1 off all drinks.

Wednesday, July 22: 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, July 29: 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, August 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, August 12: The Torch Bistro (601 Orapax St., Norfolk, 23507, 416-6848, a few blocks from The Muse), $2 domestic bottles, $4 well drinks.

Wednesday, August 19: Mermaid Winery (330 W. 22nd St., Suite 106, Norfolk, 23517, 233-4155), $5 wine specials, house-made wines, and O'Connor beers.

Wednesday, August 26: Toast (2406 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, 23517), $1 off all drinks.

Teen Open Mic Night

Friday, August 28
7 p.m. (sign-ups)
7:30-9 p.m. (open mic)

The Muse
816-A Orapax St., West Ghent, Norfolk, 23507, Directions and Maps

Open to Teens 12-17. Come read original short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

Sign-ups begin at 7 p.m. Approximately 5-minute slots available. The event will be chaperoned, and the teens request the audience be mostly teens beside the chaperones.

Snacks & Refreshments Provided!

More Information: Email Noa Greenspan at or visit our Facebook event page.

Join other 12-17 year olds for a fun night of listening to and reading original writing!

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, July 3: Co-hosted by Noah Renn and Michael Khandelwal

Friday, August 7: Co-hosted by Patti Hinson 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).


Chelsea/West Ghent Summer Solstice Open House
Friday, June 12, 5–9 p.m.

The 2015 Chelsea/West Ghent Summer Solstice Open House was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who helped make it a great time. In all, there seemed to be more than 300 people who stopped by! We raised, through the raffle, nearly $1,800 for our scholarship and tuition assistance funds. Thank you for buying tickets!

Wed like to thank O'Connor Brewing Company for donating refreshments.

Wed like to thank Dan Duke, Dennis Kelley, and Greg Lee for performing and Seoul 757 Korean Taco Food Truck for donating a portion of their proceeds to our scholarship funds.

We'd like to thank the businesses and individuals who donated prizes for the raffle: Luna Maya, The Monastery Restaurant, The Green Onion, Andrea's La Bella in Ghent, 80/20 Burger Bar, MJ's Tavern, Plaza del Sol, Pancho & Luigi, The Birch Bar, Cafe Stella, Bardo Edibles and Elixirs, Supper Southern Morsels, Still Worldly Eclectic Tapas, The Public House, Gosport Tavern, Charlie's Cafe, Borjo Coffeehouse, Cogan's Pizza, The Bakehouse at Chelsea, Orapax, Sam's Texas Sub Shop, The Torch Bistro, The Muse Writers Center, Hampton Roads Writers 2015 Conference, Kent Miller, Prince Books, Russell's Music World, The New Leaf, Local Heroes Comics, Health Food Centers, The Fit Company, Lacey Lee Fitness, AOC Salon, Ghent Eye Care, Colley Avenue Copies, NARO Expanded Cinema, NARO Expanded Video, The Push Comedy Theater, Smartmouth Brewing Company, Princess Anne Estates, Stove, Coastal Virginia Magazine, Ellen Bryson, Victoria Kelly, Renee Olander, Tom Yuill, Karla Martin, Emily DeLoach, The Quotable, Luisa Igloria, Lamar Giles, & Ramona Rice.

Wed like to thank those who volunteered their time to help make the event a success: Alexandra Guster, Alicia Dekker, Chris De Matteo, Ellen Bryson, Evan Hartley, Greg Cina, Jennifer Adams, Karen Tatum, Kate Copeland, Kindra McDonald, Matt Foster, Michael Khandelwal, Noa Greenspan, Patti Hinson, Robbie Ciara, Sarah McCall, Shawn Girvan, Stephanie Catherines, & Tresa Gardner.

Thank You! 2015 Give Local 757

Thank you
Thank you to everyone who donated, shared, liked, and/or sent great energy our way during Give Local 757 2015! Our goal was to raise $5,000 (in 2014, we raised $3,000 with 48 donors). This year, we raised more than $8,700 from about 156 generous donors! That's way above our goal, and nearly three times what we raised last year with more than three times the number of donors! We are still waiting on final numbers and matching funds, but we'll announce that when we know it.
The Muse provides tuition assistance and scholarships to more than 100 students each year, and helps send 3 people to college each year. We offer more than 180 classes and serves more than 1,000 students (from age 9 to post-retirement) each year, and The Muse helps give writers a voice, organizing readings and open mics for more than 200 adults, teens, and kids each year. The Muse is Hampton Roads' only literary center and is ranked in the top-10 in the country! Your donations will help us continue to grow and better serve the community! Thank you for your support!
Even though this event is concluded, you can always donate to The Muse.

Our 156 Generous Donors:

5 Anonymous Donations
Jennifer Adams
Diane Adams-Donatoni
Rhonda Adkins
Jeff Andrews
Dennis Andrews
Bill Ayres
Emily Baine
Joni Baker
Bill Ballard
Bob Baxter
Jeffrey Becker
Laura Beraha
(in honor of Frank Kelly Freas)
Jon Berry
Sheri Beyrau
Remica Bingham-Risher
Damon Booth
Lisa Booth
Catherine Borden
Andrea Bourguignon
Kathy Brobst
(in honor of Michael Khandelwal)
Eileen Bryant
Harriet S Buchholz
Eimile Campbell
Ed Carden
Sandy Carden
Cynthia Carlson
Sarah Carter
Stephanie Catherines
John Chappell
Gregory Cina
Leslie Clements
Lynn Clements
(in honor of Leslie Clements)
Kathryn Copeland
Pat & Burt Corbus
Karen Corrigan
Kathleen Damiani
Christie Davenport
Chris De Matteo
Leona Defreitas
Alicia Dekker
(in honor of Julia Hislop)
Shawn Drew
Dan Duke
Carla, David. & Zach Earnest
Debbie Eddings
Robert Edwards
Laine Elliott
Nicole Emmelhainz
Kimberly Engebrigtsen
Leslie Entsminger
(in honor of Michael Khandelwal)
Patrick Evans-Hylton
Scott Fales
Phyllis Fedele
Kim Fink
Tammy Flynn
Selina Foreman
Michael Frost
Donna Fuhrmann
Barbara Gardner
Donald Garrett
Lamar Giles
Lisa Grimes
Channing Guvernator
Kathryn Jane Harper
Sally Hartman
Virginia Harvey
Caitlin Hayes
Charles Hecht-Leavitt
Trudy Hinson
Patti Hinson
Jennifer Hitchcock
Jacqueline Hixson
Cheryl Hornung
(in honor of my daughter and granddaughter—Alicia and Helen Dekker)
Jason Huff
Mark Hunter
Pamela McWhorter Hurley
Jeff Hutson
Luisa Igloria
Matt Jackson
Lynn Jacobs
Dominic Johnson
Michael Jones
Victoria Kelly
Michael Khandelwal
Govind Khandelwal
Laura King
(in honor of Julia Hislop who loved the Muse and all who gathered there to write and laugh together)
Mary Jean Kledzik
(in honor of Michael Khandelwal)
Ronald Kledzik
(in honor of Michael Khandelwal)
Sara Kooij
Divya Kumar
Alice Lee
Susan Lilly
Sylvia Liu
Sheila Lovelady
(in honor of Michael Khandelwal)
Kristina Malleck
Mandy Martin
Sarah McCall
Kindra McDonald
Brad McMurran
Emily Melnitchouk
Paula Miller
Theresa Odello
(in honor of Michael Khandelwal)
Renee Olander
(in honor of Virginia Armstrong)
Elaine Panneton
Michael Park
Jennifer Pattison
Mandy Pennington
Gail Perry
Marc Pessar
Shannah Plutchak
Stella Pomianek
Komala Ponniah
Sarah Pringle
Kathryn Puerini
Margaret Rashti
Leslye Reaves
Shawn Rockhold
Angela Schlein
Wendy Schofer
Christine Schonrock
Loraine Schroeder
Timothy Seibles
Hollie Sessoms
Brittany Shearer
Donna M Simmons
(in honor of Len Wines)
Melissa Sipin
Timothy Siverd
Kelly Sokol Avery
Tessa Solee
Kelley Sousa
(in honor of Myrna)
Cab Spates
Lisa Speckheuer
Chris Stone
Lauran and Bob Strait
Ann Sullivan
Barbara Taylor
Paul Tschiderer
Mary Veverka
Marc Villaflor
Lisa Vincent
Rick Voight
Ava Vollbrecht
Thom Vourlas
Ted Warren
Harold Weaver
Rich Werber
David Wilhelm
Rodney Williamson
(in honor of Keyser Soze)
Chuck Wilson
Mary Wilt
Konrad Winters
Hilary Wriggers
Donna Wynn
James Young
(in honor of Michael and Barbara)

Thank You! 2014 Give Local 757

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