The Muse Writers Center

Norfolk, Virginia, United States

Year Round


TUITION / COST:varies, $40-$245. Returning student discounts apply.
The Muse Writers Center makes every effort to provide tuition assistance and scholarships to those who cannot afford a class. Please inquire for more information.

CONTACT: Michael Khandelwal
PHONE: 757-818-9880

The Muse Writers Center offers creative writing classes and seminars geared for beginners to professionals, houses a resource center for area writers, and hosts reading series and other special events.

The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk (Hampton Roads), Virginia offers low cost, introductory and university-level creative and creative writing classes and seminars for persons of all ages, backgrounds, and experience, from beginners to advanced students and professionals. Offerings include writing classes in poetry, fiction (multiple genres including science fiction, erotica, children's book, and young adult), memoir (including specialized classes), creative non-fiction, magazine features, travel, screenplays, plays, comic book/graphic novels, cook books, and writers craft and development. Creative classes in new media and approaches, photography, songwriting, creativity, collage, crossword & puzzle design, improv comedy, sketch comedy, and standup comedy are also offered, as are many classes designed specifically for pre-teen and teen writers.

Our instructors are all working writers and published authors who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Classes have drawn more than 2,000 students from the Hampton Roads, Virginia communities, including Northeastern North Carolina, and are offered for children and teens (ages 8-17) and adults (ages 18-post retirement). The Muse Writers Center makes every effort to provide tuition assistance and scholarships to those who cannot afford a class. To date, our fund has provided tuition assistance to hundreds of students and has received donations from hundreds of generous people.

At the end of each class session, we host a free, public reading series, featuring local and regional writers as well as student work from the previous class session. We also host comedy nights featuring the work of our student comedians. Readings and comedy nights usually attract 100-200 people per event. Other special events we host include The Muse Jam on the second Friday of each month, and seasonal parties and fundraisers.

The Muse Writers Center--a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation--is dedicated to broadening community awareness and support of the literary arts. In addition to offering writing classes and hosting readings and events, The Muse is a resource center and a place for all writers in the Hampton Roads, Virginia area to come together, share ideas, and figure out what language can hold.


Featured Writers Include:

Kelly Avery, Remica Bingham-Risher, Angela Blue, Ellen Bryson, Tara Burke, Ed Carden, Leslie Clements, Linda Carol Cobb, Sean Devereux, Lamar Giles, Patrick Evans-Hylton, Lisa Hartz, Patti Hinson, Jess Horton, Lauren Hurston, Luisa Igloria, Victoria Kelly, Michael Khandelwal, Jean Klein, Janine Latus, Tracie Liguid, Michal Mahgerefteh, Cathy Malley, Karla Martin, Lucian Mattison, Claudia Mazur, Kindra McDonald, Lewis McGehee, Brad McMurran, Jim Morrison, Lydia Netzer, Andrea Nolan, Renee Olander, Daniel Pearlman, Susie Pedigo, Ken Phillips, Tench Phillips, Sarah Pringle, Eric Ramseier, Noah Renn, Sheri Reynolds, Mira Roberts, Steve Rosenthal, Tony Ruggiero, Tim Seibles, Melissa Stewart, Michael Tarpey, Rachel Thompson, Mae Lynn Walker, Kip Watson, Heather Weddington, Mary Westbrook, Roberto Westbrook, Valeria Wilkinson, Leona Wisoker, Alba Woolard, Kristina Wright, Donna Wynn, Tripp York, Skye Zentz


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature


816-A Orapax Street
Virginia, United States

The Muse Writers Center