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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.


Wednesday, September 10
7 p.m.

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

Readers: Deborah H. Baxter, Sheri Beyrau, Barbara Carlson, Cindy Carlson, Laura Cascada, Kathryn Copeland, Tammie Elliott, Gretchen Gillen, Greg Lee, Jeanine Lindberg, Danielle Spurge-Swavely, Rick Voight, Linda Yates Wilson, & Jon Zuck

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Monday, September 15
7 p.m.

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

Readers: Beth Bilderback, Marc Bonsignore, Hannah Bowman, Donna Briggs, Suzy Burlock, Juana Cruz, Kindra McDonald, Kent R. Miller, Elaine Panneton, Marc Pessar, Kathy Sarosdy, Kimberly Smith, Leah Thiessen, & Rachel Upshaw

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

Tuesday, September 23
7 p.m.

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

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

Come for dinner, drinks, and great words!

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

Wednesday, August 6: 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, August 13: MJs Tavern (4019 Granby St., Norfolk, 23504, 648-8942), $1 off all beer and liquor drinks, great wine specials. Stay for the Open-Mic at 9 p.m.

Wednesday, August 20: 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 27: Mermaid Winery (330 W. 22nd St., Suite 106, Norfolk, 23517, 233-4155, behind Sassi), $5 wine specials, house-made wines, and O'Connor beers.

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, August 1: Co-hosted by Kindra McDonald and Michael Khandelwal

Friday, September 5: Co-hosted by Ellen Bryson and Michael Khandelwal

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