Other Literary Happenings Around Hampton Roads
The Friends of the ODU MFA Creative Writing Program and the ODU Alumni Association will present a panel of alumni writers, editors and publishers who will demystify the publishing process in a discussion of literary genres and industry trends.
A reception prior to the panel discussion will offer a chance to connect with ODU faculty, current students, alumni, and members of the local literary community.
When: Thursday, April 18, 7 P.M.
Where: Barry M. Kornblau Alumni Center, Old Dominion University
Cost: Free and open to the public.
MHS Book Festival
Date: October 12, 2013
Time: 9am - 3pm
Where: Mathews High School, Mathews, VA
Contact: Vanessa Barger email@example.com
Classes at The Muse Writers Center
The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk is Hampton Roads’ own literary center, featuring more than 60 creative and creative writing classes and seminars geared for beginners to professionals in each of its three yearly sessions. The nonprofit school and resource center also makes it a goal to never turn a student away because of finances and provides tuition assistance to hundreds of students each year. Genres taught include: fiction, poetry, memoir, nonfiction, screenplay, multi-genre writing, journaling, writers craft & development, cookbooks, new media, graphic novel, standup comedy, improv comedy, sketch comedy, and songwriting, as well as classes for teen writers.
Writers' Happy Hours Every Wednesday
Join us every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 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! View the Happy Hour schedule.
Novelist and screenwriter Warren Murphy has begun a how-to-write-your-novel course at his website, www.warrenmurphy.com. Murphy who has won a dozen national awards including two Edgars and two Shamuses, plans a series of lessons to help budding novelists move from their initial idea to those two magic words: "The End." No charge. Lesson One is now posted. (Murphy, from Virginia Beach, is an HRW member.)
Spoken Word Open Mic
The Victorian Tea Station in Hampton (36 North Mallory Street, Hampton, VA 23663) hosts a Spoken Word Open Mike on Weds, at 7pm. If you have a book, bring it to promote. If you are unpublished, come on out and read your stuff! Please call for more information--(757) 723-5663 or call Mark Greene at 757-239-0240.
Westhampton Community Center Music and Poetry (OPEN MIC) Night--the third Thursday of every month at 7 PM. West Hampton Community Center, 1638 Briarfield Road, Hampton, VA 23661. They're always looking for entertainers and listeners
do no harm Writing Workshops, 4000 Colley Avenue, Suite 300, Norfolk, Virginia
Offering classes in fiction writing for beginners, advanced writers, and teens.
Introduction to Fiction Writing
This is a class designed to help you get in touch with the stories you need to tell, to begin to learn the tools and techniques it will take to tell those stories well, and to strengthen the courage, inspiration, and commitment to that it will take to survive long enough as a writer to do your real work. We cover all the basics of the writing life, from the empty page to dealing with the world of publishing, with a special focus on establishing you in your writing process on a solid ground of basic truth. In-class writing exercises will help you take your first steps, but by the end of the class you should be walking your own path, secure in your own material.
This class is still forming. We will meet every other Saturday at 10 a.m. Cost is $150 for six sessions.
Fiction Writing for Teens
This ongoing class is open to all writers from ages 12 to 18, of any degree of experience. The emphasis is on cultivating the joy of telling your stories and discovering in the process what it takes to be a writer for the long haul. We have a good mix of established writers and beginners, and a fun, even occasionally rowdy work environment, and we actually get a surprising amount of work and learning done.
Class meets every other Saurday, more or less ongoing. Cost is $120 for six sessions.
We have two ongoing fiction workshops for writers with works-in-progress. In these, we focus on an in-depth supportive critique of several people's works each class, with an eye toward developing our craft, shaping our stories, and deepening our writing practice.
Classes meet every other Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. New members accepted by application only. Please contact Tim Farrington for further information. 757-285-6120