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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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Welcome to the Muse Bolt!

Hello and welcome to the shiny new Muse Bolt, a blog and semi-regular email newsletter chronicling what’s new at The Muse. We will be sharing writing resources, upcoming and recent Muse events such as author readings and panels, interviews with Muse teachers, and more. The Muse Bolt will also include a SHOUT-OUTS & CELEBRATIONS section.…

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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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Many Lifetimes of Memories from the Harbor’s Edge

Harbor’s Edge and The Muse Writers Center celebrate the release of a book three years in the making.  A little over three years ago, The Muse Writers Center gave a short presentation at Harbor’s Edge Retirement Community about the wonders and joys of creative writing and how it could benefit them and the members of…

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Teacher Feature: Wendi White

The world is in great need of our stories and poems. Great literature not only allows us to inhabit other personas, expanding our capacity for empathy, it can also deepen our empathy for ourselves. Art has the power to move us toward right relationship with the world, with ourselves, and with other human beings, seemingly…

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Program Feature: Fiction

We all have stories to tell, whether we’ve never written anything before, or we’re dusting off the old writing muscles and getting back in the game. This summer, The Muse is thrilled to offer a robust and comprehensive Fiction program for writers at all levels and stages of the process. **** Fiction 1: Monday Evenings…

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Program Feature: Screenwriting

Screenwriting is an exciting, creative, and labor-intensive art that can be learned. Every screenplay begins with FADE IN. Let’s get started. Join Matt Friedman for “Introduction to Screenwriting” on Wednesdays bi-weekly from Jun 30 – Aug 18, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm. This class will focus on discussing and developing story ideas, and sharing comments and suggesting solutions;…

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