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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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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 noa@the-muse.org or visit our Facebook event page.

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

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


Thursday, September 10
7 p.m.

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

Readers: Hannah Bigham, Lisa Brandy, Barbara Carlson, Norma Gaetani, Rebecca Burcher Jones, Amber Kure, Erin Lindstrom, Catherine Malley, Marc Pessar, Shannah Plutchak, Charles Rhodes, Hank Thompson, Rodney Williamson, & Linda Yates Wilson.

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Wednesday, September 16
7 p.m.

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

Readers: Bill Ayres, Mary C. Barnes, Cindy Carlson, Kate Copeland, Scott Cramer, Alicia Dekker, Sarah DeNeui, Paige Morgan Forbes, Gretchen Gillen, Nicole Jenkins, Kindra McDonald, Sheila Sheppard, Patrice Taylor, & Rick Voight.

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Monday, September 21
7 p.m.

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

Readers: Amber Bengco, Jack Bolsen, Jereme A. Burch, Christopher De Matteo, Michael Frost, Cymone Mirabel, Mark Pryor, Noah Renn, Kathy Sarosdy, Karen Tatum, Ann Voight, Jane White, Shannon Woods, & Jon Zuck.

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Muse Teen Reading

Saturday, September 12, 11 a.m.

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

Featuring writers from the Muse's Teen Writers Workshops. Let us know you're coming on Facebook.

Readers: Ryley Cofer, Jeremy Cunningham, Zachary Earnest, Noa Greenspan, Gabriela Igloria, Sydney Kurtz, Tavian Reid, Madeline Robinson, Claire Ross, Erin Schofer, Jon Phillip Schulze, Benjamin Song, Anne Barden Spady, & Gracie White

Free and Open to the Public!

Come support these talented teens!

Muse Young Writers Reading

Saturday, September 12, 1 p.m.

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

Featuring writers from the Muse's Young Writers Workshop. Let us know you're coming on Facebook

Readers: Iseabealla Chegini, Jorja Connelley, Sylvie Farrell, & Mila Hopkins

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, September 2: 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, September 9: Briki Coffeehouse (4117 Granby St., Suite C, Norfolk, 336-8002), great drink specials for happy hour.

Wednesday, May 20: La Bella in Ghent (738 W. 22nd St., Suite 7, Norfolk, 622-6172), drinks discounted 4-7 p.m.. Stay for our Reading at 7 p.m.!

Wednesday, September 23: MJs Tavern (4019 Granby St., Norfolk, 23504, 648-8942), $1 off all beer and liquor drinks, great wine specials.

Wednesday, September 30: The Birch Bar (1231 West Olney Rd., West Ghent, Norfolk, 23507, 962-5400, a few blocks from The Muse), $5 beer specials.

Wednesday, October 7: The Torch Bistro (601 Orapax St., Norfolk, 23507, 416-6848, a few blocks from The Muse), $2 domestic bottles, $4 well drinks.

Wednesday, October 14: Smartmouth Brewing Company (1309 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk, 23507, 624-3939, one block from The Muse), great beer specials.

Wednesday, October 21: Charlie's Cafe (4024 Granby St., Norfolk, 625-0824, in their new location in Riverview), $2 house wines by the glass, $2 domestic beers, $3 well drinks.

Wednesday, October 28: Tap House Grill in Hampton (17 E. Queens Way, Hampton, 224-5829, downtown historic Hampton) $1 off all drinks. Join us for our Happy Hour on the Peninsula!

Wednesday, November 4: 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 11: 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 18: Mermaid Winery (330 W. 22nd St., Suite 106, Norfolk, 23517, 233-4155), $5 wine specials, house-made wines, and O'Connor beers.

Wednesday, November 25: Chow Restaurant & Bar (5103 Colley Ave, Norfolk, 23508, 321-2923); $1 off all drinks.

Wednesday, December 2: Toast (2406 Colonial Ave., Norfolk, 23517), $1 off all drinks.

Wednesday, December 9: Tripps Restaurant (101 S. Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach, 23462, 490-4517), $1.50 domestic bottles, $1 off well drinks, $2 domestic pints, $4 wine specials. Join us at our Happy Hour in Virginia Beach!

Wednesday, December 16: 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 23: Cafe Stella (1907 Colonial Ave., Ghent, Norfolk, 23517, 625-0461) $1 off wines by the glass and beer.

Wednesday, December 30: 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.

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, September 4: Co-hosted by Nicole Emmelhainz and Michael Khandelwal

Friday, October 2: Co-hosted by Shawn Girvan and Michael Khandelwal

Friday, November 6: Co-hosted by Kindra McDonald and Michael Khandelwal

Friday, December 4: Co-hosted by Kelly Avery and Michael Khandelwal

More To Be Announced

Come and join us!

Write-In: Slover Library

The Slover Library
235 E. Plume St., Norfolk, 23510, 431-7462

2nd Saturdays of each month
2:30 p.m. (come by anytime until 4 p.m.)

Sponsored by: The Slover Library and The Muse Writers Center
Join other writers in a place with no pressure, no critiquing, and no deadlines. Just a place for writing inspiration and practice.

-Beginners and experienced writers welcome; teens and adults; all genres
-Writing exercises and fun prompts led by area authors
-Find library resources designed to help writers
-Share your work (if you want to) and get your creativity flowing

You deserve one hour of writing freedom this month! Join us!.

Saturday, September 12 Muse Teacher presenting writing prompts: Kelly Avery

Saturday, October 10: Muse Teacher presenting writing prompts: Kindra McDonald

Saturday, November 14: Muse Teacher presenting writing prompts: Nicole Emmelhainz

Saturday, December 12: Muse Teacher presenting writing prompts: TBA

Saturday, January 9: Muse Teacher presenting writing prompts: Ellen Bryson

More To Be Announced

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! 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