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48 hours later… Join us for the performances!

Friday night, the teams were formed, and the clock started. Join us at the Little Theater of Norfolk tonight at 7 pm! Get tickets of the performances: Little Theater of Norfolk (arts-people.com) ($5 min. donation) In collaboration with Norfolk Arts Commision, The Muse Writers Center, and the Norfolk Playwrights Collective.  

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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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Off to the Write Start at the 2022 VA Festival of the Book

The Muse hosted the Moseley Writers Group for the second annual round of speed critiques as part of the Virginia Festival of the Book on Sunday, March 13th. This year, a record number of submissions was received, and the members of the Moseley Writers Group critiqued the first 100 words of the anonymous, unpublished manuscripts,…

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Writer Isaac Fitzgerald Visits Teen Students

Brooklyn-based writer Isaac Fitzgerald returned for a second year to speak to the Muse teen students about his writing career and his memoir, a collection of essays titled Dirtbag, Massachusetts.    “Any fool can confess,” Marlon James said of the book, out in July. “It’s the rare writer who reveals, and Dirtbag, Massachusetts is a heart…

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Calling all playwrights, directors, and actors!

Little Theatre of Norfolk, the Norfolk Playwrights Collective, and The Muse Writers Center team up to present a weekend of creativity: the 48 Hour Play Festival, where YOU write, rehearse, and star in a short play of your own making, all in 48 hours. This is a challenge in which teams of playwrights, directors, and…

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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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Changing the World, One Poem at a Time

What does it mean to be a poet today? Join The Muse and Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria for a three-part reading and conversation series featuring the 2021-2022 Virginia Young Poets in the Community. About the program: Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria and the Poetry Society of Virginia are pleased to announce the…

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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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Words Matter: Teen Poets on Poetry as a Tool for Survival

“These poems … remind us that when we are at the edge of any kind of precarity, all we have to consider is flight.” – Luisa A. Igloria, VA Poet Laureate, while hosting Words Matter. Our World Matters. On an unseasonably warm Sunday this December, eight youth poets joined The Muse for a virtual reading…

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