"Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition." - Eli Khamarov, The Shadow Zone

Sunday, November 29, 2015

The Last Feature Sunday of the Year!

Feature Sundays:
The Venue on 35th
631 35th St   - Norfolk VA
$5 cover  - 7:00 – 11:00
Host:  Jorge Mendez

We are back for the LAST TIME this year before our yearly December hiatus but we are ending this years Feature Sunday events with a Bang. As always we have assembled an amazing line up of the area's best talent and as usual it is stellar. This month's line up includes poets Michelle Dodd and Chris "Just Chris" Felan. Comedian Rudy Mulamba, visual artist Jung Cenpai, Hip-Hop Artist Trevor Johnson and The Venue's very own, Actor /teacher/ director Marlon Hargrave. More Features yet top be announced Hope to see you all there for what is sure to be a fantastic show!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Virtuosos Presents: Malcolm Powell

Because the Weekend Starts on Thursday in Poetry-Land!




(Cash Bar!)
Words on Fire:
Poetry Happy Hour at Firehouse
1609 W Broad St
Richmond VA
6:00 – 7:30
Host:  Joanna Lee


Muse Teen Open Mic
Friday, November 20, 7-9 p.m., at The Muse (816-A Orapax St., West Ghent, Norfolk, 23507)
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. Snacks & refreshments provided! More Information: www.the-muse.org/readings-events.html#teen or let us know you’re coming on Facebook:www.facebook.com/TheMuseWritersCenterJoin other 12-17 year olds for a fun night of listening to and reading original writing!




Friday, November 13, 2015

This Weekend in Poetry-Land!


11-13-15 (NEW LOCATION!)
Poetry Prose & Pizza
Louisa County Library
881 Davis Hwy
Mineral VA
6:00 – 
Host:  Nathan Richardson


The Muse Jam
The Muse Writers Center
816 Orapax St, Norfolk, Virginia 23507
7:00 - 10:00
$2 suggested donation
Host: Dan Duke



Nov 14th
10:00am - 4:00pm
City of Virginia Beach Meyera E Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452




Author Showcase 
Where: Chesapeake Central Library
298 Cedar Road
Chesapeake, Virginia 23323
Saturday, November 14, 2015
Time: 12 Noon until 4 PM


November 14, 2015
Prince Books
109 E Main St
Norfolk VA
3:00 -
(wine and Cheese reception to follow)


Prince Books
109 E Main St
Norfolk VA

Friday, November 6, 2015

Sunday: Five Points Community Farm Market Poetry Reading!

Sunday, November 8th
1-3 pm
Diana's Field of Dreams
(inside Five Points Comm Farm Market)
2500 Church St., Norfolk, Va. 23504 

Featured Readers

Edith Blake
Bill Blake
Jill Winkowski
Eric Timas
Shirley Sellers

Monday, November 2, 2015

November 7th: CBW Workshop!

Next Chesapeake Bay Writers Workshop on November 7: Snagging a Publisher 

Wondering how to hook an agent or publisher for your novel? This workshop will explore the publishing industry’s tools for submitting your novel to agents and publishers. Discussion and worksheets will lead you through the development of the all-important selling tools of a “pitch,” synopsis, and query letter.

Audience: Writers who have completed or about to complete their novel

Date: Saturday, November 7, 2015 Time: 10:00 a.m. - noon

Cost: Free

What to bring: Paper and pen

Location: Yorktown Library location just south of the Colonial Parkway, at
8500 George Washington Memorial Hwy (Route 17).

Presenter Bio:
Greg Lilly is a novelist, workshop presenter, magazine editor, and publishing house representative. Greg’s latest book is Sunsets & Semicolons – a Field Guide to the Writer’s Life. In the book, he shares his experiences and techniques – things that worked, not in academia or in New York City, but in the real world of freelancing and query letters and book signings.

He has presented workshops and served on panels at the College of William & Mary's Christopher Wren Association, the Virginia Festival of the Book, the Virginia Writers Club, the World Bank in Washington D.C. and the Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona. The kernel of the book came from requests for his workshop handouts and notes.

Greg Lilly is the author of:
- Sunset & Semicolons – a Frank & Revealing Field Guide to the Writing Life
- Scalping the Red Rocks – A Derek Mason Mystery
- Under a Copper Moon
- Devil's Bridge
- Fingering the Family Jewel's –  A Derek Mason Mystery

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) Events at Hampton Library!!

Kickoff Event: Book2Film, Adaptation

Wednesday, November 4, 6 p.m.

To get you in the writing mood, our Book2Film Club screens Adaptation, a 2002 comedy about screenwriters that even includes a Robert McKee writer’s workshop. This may be metafiction, but these zany tips against writer’s block might actually work! Based on The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean.


A Crime at the Museum with Sisters in Crime

Monday, November 9, 6 p.m.

Calling all mystery writers and fans as the Tidewater chapter of Sisters in Crime welcomes guest speaker Jeanne Willoz-Egnor, Director of Collections Management at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia. The museum suffered a devastating instance of internal theft at the hands of one of its most trusted employees—the Director of Archives. Learn how the theft was facilitated, the mechanics of the investigation, and other lessons learned from the principal investigator.


Writing Workshops and Write-Ins

Three spiffy workshops are followed by Write-Ins in our comfortable meeting rooms with refreshments and mood music. Each workshop lasts thirty minutes, followed by a short break before the writing begins. Get inspired!


Short Story Workshop and Write-In

Monday, November 16, 6 p.m.

Both Amy Tan and Ray Bradbury got their start as novelists with a book of linked short stories. Expanded stories form the basis of many novels. Writing the story is great practice for novels, giving you command of pacing, dialogue, characterization, setting—and stamina.


Poetry Workshop and Write-In

Monday, November 23, 6 p.m.

It’s increasingly popular these days—the novel-in-verse! Many novels also include poems, such as the songs of Middle Earth in the works of J. R. R. Tolkien, to add color to the background and advance the plot. Even if you prefer to keep your poetry and novels separate, poetry can help you explore the inner motivations of your characters or spark your creativity.


Creative Nonfiction Workshop and Write-In

Monday, November 30, 6 p.m.

Creative nonfiction employs techniques traditionally associated with novels, such as setting, characterization, dialogue, and plot development. Often lyrical, creative nonfiction requires intense research, a skill which serves novelists well. This form is so novelistic that it’s often transformed into drama on the big screen—like Adaptation.

Inspiration Zone and Writer’s Resources

Located past the Reference Desk, our Inspiration Zone provides you with a permanent Write-In home. Write anytime we’re open at a desk or armchair in this nook with a view. Our Writer’s Resources shelf is stocked with books about the craft that will help you perfect and submit your work.


Hampton Public Library is celebrating NaNoWriMo with a month of writing activities! All events are free and take place in the meeting rooms at the Main Library, 4207 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, VA 23669. For more information, call (757) 727-1312.








Authorfest 2015!!

WHAT:: A gathering of local writers who are members of Hampton Roads Writers and/or the Muse Writing center. Each author will have 1/2 of a table on which to display and sell their books. Throughout the day, authors will provide thirty minute breakout sessions in the auditorium that will be of interest both to readers and writers. Come on out and meet some of your favorite local authors.

WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10 AM to 4 PM

WHERE: Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Confirmed Authors:
C. C. Archambeault
Amanda Aksel
Jeff Andrews
Vanessa Barger
Marty Basden
Dr. Rita Budrionis
Jeanette Cheezum
Dr. Dottie Graham
Jim Healy
Blair Jackson
Jacqueline Johnson
Victoria Kelly
Danielle Leibovici
Kindra McDonald
Jean McLeod
Nancy Kay Middleton. who writes as Kay Middleton
Louise Leigh Miller
Michal Mahgerefteh
Lynn Yvonne Moon
Laura Nowotny
Renee Olander
Jayne Ormerod
Dr. Mike Owens
Dr. Reinholdine Pierson
Sharon Poch
Suzanne Rhodes
Dr. Nigel Sellars
Parker Sinclair
Judy Snider
Dr. Rae Spencer
Dr. Gil Snider
David Tanis

10:00-10:30 Reading and Book Talk about SUPER FREAK
Vanessa Barger

10:40-11:10 Dialogue - Speaking within the Boundaries of Reality
Lynn Moon

11:20-11:50 Reading - A Few Spells
Renee Olander

12:00-12:30 The Award Winning Under the Tree Children's Series
Danielle Leibovici

1:00-1:30 Reading - Romance Novel
Rita Budrionis

1:40-2:10 Writing Thriller Novels
Dr. Pierson Reinholdine

2:20-2:50 Reading - Saying Is Seeing: The Eye of the Poem
Suzanne Underwood Rhodes

3:00-3:30 Top Ten Tips for New Writers
Jayne Ormerod