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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

The Muse Neighborhood Jam

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…

Fridays, January 10 - December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

12 sessions

Write-in at Slover

Join other writers in a place with no pressure, no critiquing, and no deadlines. Just a place for writing inspiration and practice. -Beginners and experienced writers welcome; teens and adults; all genres -Writing exercises and fun prompts led by area authors -Find library resources designed to help writers -Share your work (if you want to) and get your creativity flowing You deserve one hour of writing freedom this month! Join us! Sponsored by The Muse Writers Center and the Slover…

January 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Comics Show n’ Tell

For one last hurrah of the comics gallery at the Muse Writer Center, we are having an artist talk where our makers are invited to speak about their comics, WIPs, and past work. This is a great entry to the local comics scene in the 757, as well as a good time to learn what the heck even goes into a comic in the first place. STICK AROUND AFTER for the 757 Comic and Cartoon Creators’ meeting, where you can…

January 11 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

23 sessions

Using Your Military Experience To Write Science Fiction

Many veterans and active-duty military members have profound experiences in combat, in war zones, during peacekeeping, or in exotic places—all of which they may want to use in writing fiction. It’s an incredible well from which to draw very vivid and emotional writing. In this seminar, open only to writers of science fiction and fantasy with a military background, we’ll discuss turning the memories and emotions of military experience into good fiction, opening yourself up to your own past (present…

January 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Teacher: David Weber

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.

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

A Reading and Conversation with David Weber

Join The Muse Writers Center for a reading and conversation with one of the greatest science fiction authors of our era, David Weber. After a brief talk, David will read from his work, and then have ample time for questions. Military service members, veterans, and their families and caregivers will have priority seating. The event is free and open to the public and is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. About David Weber…

January 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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.

January 22 @ 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm

SlamFest 2020 – Non Qualifying Preliminary

Through performance poetry, young people embrace the importance of literacy and the power of a refined voice. They develop a lifelong love of self-expression while bonding with like-minded students in a shared experience. Students learn how to represent themselves, their experiences, and their ideas, powerfully. As this is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students to develop their voices, artistic expression, and represent Hampton Roads at Brave New Voices the selection process can be competitive. Registrations may be submitted online (http://www.twp-themovement.org/HRYP) or…

January 22 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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

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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.

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