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Creative Writing Classes & Seminars

Looking for a place to express your inner writer? In each of our three yearly sessions (winter/spring, summer, and fall), we offer creative writing classes on weekday evenings, weekday mornings, and the daytime on weekends. Classes range from those geared for novice writers or those with some writing experience who are looking for a structured environment in which to bloom to those geared for intermediate, advanced, or professional writers.

We offer classes for adults as well as pre-teen and teen writers. Genres and topics offered include a variety of creative writing classes in poetry, fiction, flash fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, storytelling, comic books and graphic novels, songwriting, food writing, science fiction, fantasy, children’s book writing, journaling, and multi-genre writing, as well as seminars in writers craft, research, and professional development.

Class size is usually capped at 8 or 9 students—classes with different maximum sizes are indicated in the class listing. We teach short seminars that meet once all the way to longer workshops that meet up to eight times.

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January 2020

Muse January Reading #2

Join The Muse Writers Center this January and enjoy a great meal at three inspiring and entertaining readings by our talented student and professional writers featuring poetry, fiction, memoir, and nonfiction they created in our summer creative writing classes. Each reading is free and open to the public. Donations to the Muse’s scholarship fund will be accepted. A new year, a new location! 417 West 21st Street, Norfolk, VA 23517 (757)-622-5047 Bangkok Garden

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Teen Open Mic Night

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. Pizza & Refreshments Provided! More Information: Email Anna Fitzgerald or visit our Facebook event page.

January 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Creative Office Hours – Talk Back

Creative Office Hours will take the form of a Talk Back! Join us for a special discussion led by The Z's Community Liaison after the world premiere of St. Irene's written by ODU alum & adjunct professor, Manoli Kourementis. The premiere of this play encapsulates the creative process The Z fosters through its Hatchery Series & Dreamwrights Workshop. Learn more about what it takes for an idea to go to the written page and then to a fully produced staged…

January 24 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Women Writers Who Submit Meeting

This is a submission party/meeting for current WWS members. Anyone interested in joining WWS, contact Kelly Sokol, and we'll schedule an orientation meeting ahead of time so you can participate.

January 25 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Just Write Saturday

Leave your distractions at home, and join us for an open writing day at The Muse Writers Center. How long can you sit down and write? The goal is to bring your laptop or notebook and write all day if you’d like, in a loose and creative environment. Writing prompts will be available in case you need a little extra inspiration. Bring a bag lunch or feel free to order something from one of our many local restaurants. Just Write…

January 25 @ 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

The Snowglobe: A Midwinter Songwriting Retreat

The new year is the perfect time for beginning new projects, and exploring new angles of ourselves. In this one day Songwriting Retreat, we'll spend time on 3 aspects of the creative process: Dreaming, Building and Repurposing. We'll play with writing in new genres, and you'll be invited to shake things up and reinvigorate your established creative routines. In this day of imagination and discovery, you'll get the opportunity to start several new songs and share the process with a…

January 25 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Teacher: Skye Zentz

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Hampton Roads Meeting

We're speculative fiction writers (science fiction, fantasy and more). We share our experiences and adventures in reading, writing, craft development and publishing with each other, and become better writers through it all. Visit their Facebook group page.

Saturdays, January 25 - January 25 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1 sessions

The Muse Salon @ A Night of Philosophy & Ideas in Norfolk, Virginia

The Muse is excited to be part of Virginia’s first-ever Night of Philosophy & Ideas which will ponder this year’s central theme, “Being Alive: exploring humanity’s relationship with the world and other species." The majestic central atrium at Slover Library in Norfolk will set the stage for a 12-hour marathon of lectures and performances on topics such as human resilience, sea-level rise, wellness, and ecological solutions in Hampton Roads and beyond.  The Muse Writers Center Salon will feature mini-lectures/presentations/discussions on…

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 6:00 am

757 Comic & Cartoon Creators Meetings

The 757 Comic and Cartoon Creators meet twice a month at The Muse! Come hang with fellow comic artists and writers. Talk. Draw. Be merry. Visit their Facebook group page.

Saturdays, January 11 - December 12 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

23 sessions

Food Blogging from Start to Finish

Learn how to share your food experiences--whether in a kitchen or a restaurant--through blogging with Virginia’s Secretary of Taste, chef and award-winning food journalist Patrick Evans-Hylton. We explore the essence of eating, and learn how to express your thoughts in a clear, concise and compelling way. We will be eating--and imbibing--and getting the most from all of our senses to fully appreciate food and drink through the written word and photography. In this introduction to food blogging, learn about the…

Sundays, January 5 - January 26 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

4 sessions

Weekly Staff Meeting

Tuesdays, January 7 - May 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

18 sessions

Writers Happy Hour

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. Please stay for our Reading at 7 p.m.  

January 29 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

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The Muse Writers Center strives to be a fully accessible facility. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns or would like to request an accommodation.