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Submit to the Short-Short Playwriting Project Today!

A play goes through many phases before it hits the page and then the stage. The Muse Writers Center is excited to partner with Little Theater Norfolk and The Norfolk Playwrights Collective for the second Short-Short Playwriting Project. This project will help guide 6 aspiring playwrights through the very early processes of developing a play.…

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Summer Class Schedule Announced! We’re Back!

The Muse Writers Center is excited to announce the release of a full summer schedule including in-person, online, and hybrid classes, seminars, and camps! Registration is open now! Learn something new in writing craft, creativity, research, and professional development or write and revise in a new or favorite genre. Our instructors are professional writers and teachers…

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Vietnam War aka “The Rock ‘n’ Roll War”

The Muse Writers Center offers a look back at the Vietnam era through the music we know by heart. After watching the Ken Burns documentary on the Vietnam War, Jack Sommers traveled to Vietnam in May 2018 with several soldiers and Marines and following this trip he began writing stories on the war. Earlier this…

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A Novel Over 20 Years in the Making

A Navy SEAL fulfills a dream with a little help from The Muse. It was 2014 when David Cascio saw the bright yellow Muse flier pinned to a bulletin board in a Virginia Beach Panera. “Ever since then, it’s been gangbusters,” Daves says while describing how he came to be a Muse student for 8…

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Teacher Feature: Skye Zentz

Songwriting is for EVERYBODY! The fabric of our lives are permanently embellished with the songs that shape us. When we give music and/or cadence to our life stories and memories, we imbue them with a special power to stick, not just for ourselves but for others too. Come learn one of the oldest forms of…

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The New Muse Brand

New Year, New Brand, New Era of Literary Arts for Hampton Roads. The original Muse logo was designed by Executive Director and founder Michael Khandelwal on the back of a napkin in 2005. Since then, The Muse has grown exponentially — and had expanded even more in 2020 and 2021, thanks to the move to…

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Teacher Feature: Mike Krentz

Join Muse teaching artist Mike Krentz for Real Med. True Psych. on October 30 from 10am-12:30pm EDT. Stories in all genres often feature medical scenarios or characters with psychological challenges. This class will explore common medical mistakes that writers make, how to correct them, and how to craft medical scenes that serve the author’s plot and character objectives.…

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Teacher Feature: Lizz Schumer

Join Muse teaching artist Lizz Schumer for Creative Nonfiction 2 beginning on Wednesday, October 13, 7-9pm EDT. This course will help intermediate creative nonfiction writers delve deeper into the craft and magic of the genre through exploring the rich world of nontraditional forms, learning how to choose the right voice and perspective for your narrative, discussing ethical considerations…

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Teacher Feature: Patrick Dacey

Join Muse teaching artist Patrick Dacey for Writing the Weird on Saturday, July 24 from 10am-12:30pm. In this seminar, we will look at making the most out of what’s on the page. Often, after a few drafts, we still don’t feel fully invested in our own work. What’s missing? Have I entertained every possibility? Am…

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