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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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West Ghent/Chelsea Holiday Open House

Friday, December 12, 5–9 p.m.

At The Muse: 816-A Orapax St., West Ghent, Norfolk, Directions and Maps
And at most Chelsea businesses from Redgate Ave. to W. Olney Rd. and from Orapax St. to Claremont Ave.
Let us know you're coming on Facebook

At The Muse Writers Center

Live Music

Skye Zentz will perform from 5-6 p.m.

The Muse Neighborhood Jam

At around 7 p.m., The Muse Jam will get into full swing—acoustic, electric, improv, stories, and fun well into the night. All are welcome to listen or participate.


We'll be serving complimentary desserts, champagne, and sparkling cider!

Winter/Spring 2015 Schedule Announced

We'll have lots of information about our upcoming classes, beginning in February.

Donate to The Muse Writers Center

If you are so inclined, we'll have donation boxes for both our tuition assistance and general funds. Of course, you can always donate online at:

More to be Announced!

At The New Leaf

Browse great new Christmas ornaments and wreaths. Enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, and other refreshments. Pony rides for kids! Listen to a chorus from St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

At Lacey Lee Fitness

Enjoy refreshments, give-a-ways and raffles

At Princess Anne Estates

Get ready for Christmas with unusual antique finds and charming gifts. Enjoy holiday refreshments.

At Smartmouth Brewing Company

Enjoy beer specials in their tasting room with live music. The Karnage Asada food truck will also be there.

At The Birch Bar

Enjoy beer specials during and after the party, including a Winter Solstice beer and a beer garden.

At The Bakehouse at Chelsea

Enjoy Winter Solstice pizza specials, a beer garden, and more.

At Otzi Tattoo Agency

Come celebrate Krampus, and enjoy funnel cakes and hot cider.

At Acclaimed Events

Enjoy hot cider, freshly popped popcorn, and cookies; holiday music and a moonwalk for children 12 & under.

At The Big Yellow House on Boissevain

View an exhibition of artists Mark Smithwick, Todd Owens, and Asa Jackson, while enjoying Kombuchick! kombucha and tea holiday mocktails.

At Tortilla West

Homemade hot chocolate and snacks, more to be announced.

Come and Support Chelsea/West Ghent Businesses
and Have a Great Time!

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, Barbara Carlson, Shannon Curtin, Matt Foster, Hunter Gentry, Rebecca Burcher Jones, Rebecca Lane, Jason Mintel, Rosemary Morton, Charles Rhodes, Taniki Richard, Susan Barrie Sussman, Karen Tatum, & Kitty Vollbrecht.

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, Lanita McCullerses, Kelley McGee-Sousa, Marc Pessar, Kathy Sarosdy, Milt Saunders, Brittanie Smith, Jane White, & Linda Yates Wilson.

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, 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, December 5: 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).

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