The Muse Writers Center
Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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
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 center and our services are open to adults, teens, and children.
The Muse Writers Center is a literary/writers center in the Ghent neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia (Hampton Roads). Our vibrant space features five classrooms, two semi-private writers rooms, a library, and an auditorium for readings and special literary events.
This year, we are on pace to host nearly 1,500 students in nearly 300 low-cost creative writing classes, workshops, and seminars for persons of all ages, backgrounds, and experience, from beginners to advanced students and professionals.
Genres include poetry, fiction (including science fiction, children’s book, and young adult), memoir, creative nonfiction, magazine features, travel, screenplays, songwriting, plays, comic book/graphic novels, and cook books & food writing. Seminars in writers craft, research, and professional development are also offered each session as well as fun classes in journaling, creativity, calligraphy, zentangle, visual journaling.
Our youth program includes many classes and seminars designed specifically for young, pre-teen, and teen writers.
Our instructors are all working writers, published authors, and experienced professionals who have taught courses at colleges, universities, and other community organizations. Recent MFA graduates who live locally are encouraged to visit us and learn about teaching.
Events & Readings
This year, we will host more than 300 events and readings, which will attract more than 7,000 people. Events include student readings; teacher readings; readings by local, regional, and national authors and poets; book launch readings; social and networking events; special interest events; musical events; writers group meetings; and other literary events.
Community Outreach & Scholarship Help
The Muse Writers Center makes every effort to provide tuition assistance and scholarships to those who cannot afford one of our classes. About 15 percent of our students are on tuition assistance. We also award three $500 college scholarships each year and provide writers other professional support.
Our program for youth is growing every year, with classes, camps, readings, and special events for writers ages 6-17. The Teen Writers Fellowship, a pilot program, will match eight aspiring writers with mentors. We also bring the literary arts to underserved schools and community groups with special programs and classes.
It is important to us to make sure the literary arts are accessible to everyone, and we have expanding programs in senior and assisted living centers as well as classes for veterans, service members, and their families, both at The Muse and in military libraries.
Featured Writers Include:
John Aguiar, Sheila Arnold, Robert Arthur, Erin Beaty, Jeff Becker, Remica L. Bingham-Risher, Angela Blue, Ellen Bryson, Anthony Burcher, Bill Candler, Hannah Capin, Madeline Carey, Jason Carney, Tucker Casanova, Robbie Ciara, Linda Carol Cobb, Lisa Cooper, Shannon Curtin, Christina Dalcher, Cynthia Davis, John DeDakis, Grace M. DeLeesie, Christopher De Matteo, Eddie Dowe, Dan Duke, Rick Eley, Belinda Elliot, Nicole Emmelhainz, Leslie Entsminger, Patrick Evans-Hylton, Diane Fine, Rick Fischer, Matt Foster, Matt Friedman, Lamar Giles, Shawn Girvan, Nathaniel Glanzman, Amanda Gomez, Dexter Gore, Jennifer Graham, Jacob Gregory, Will Harris, Jeffrey Hecker, Patti Hinson, Sarah Hill, Joseph Hoyt, Luisa Igloria, Joe Jackson, Jessica Kelley, Michael Khandelwal, Jean Klein, Christine Koubek, Libby Kurz, Matthew Larrimore, Maggie Libby, Sylvia Liu, Michael Lovely, Jennifer Malia, Catherine Malley, Christina Marable, Al Markowitz, Malcom Massey, John McCarthy, Patti McCracken, Kindra McDonald, Kerry McNamara, Kristin Mehaffey, Renee Olander, Derek Nelson, Lydia Netzer, Gavin Pate, Susie Pedigo, Princess Perry, Peter Porosky, Sarah Pringle, Abi Putnam, Lisa Ray, Noah Renn, Charles Rhodes, Suzanne Rhodes, Mira Roberts, Tom Robotham, Christine Rucker, Tim Sanderson, Colin Sargent, Jesse Scaccia, Alison Schoew, Tim Seibles, Sarah Sheppard, Sheila Sheppard, Dean Silkstone, Kelly Sokol, Dana Staves, Melissa M. Stewart, Lauran Strait, Jeffrey Walker, Fran Ward, Tammy Wartell, Cait Woods, Donna Wynn, Michele Young-Stone, Tom Yuill, Skye Zentz
Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature
2200 Colonial Ave. #3
Virginia, United States
2200 Colonial Ave. #3
The Muse Writers Center
The Muse Writers Center offers creative and 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 center and our services are open to adults, teens, and children.