SHOW AND GROW your PROSE with Professional Critique


Donít miss this opportunity to read ten minutes of your prose** (short story, memoir, or novel chapter ONLY) to the audience, followed by a brief professional critique by our guest critiquer. 4 readings per session for the dinner meetings and 6 readings at Saturday morning sessions.

The Show and Grow DINNER meetings will occur on select Thursday evenings, from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454. If possible, please join us at 5:30 for Happy Hour and/or 5:45 for dinner prior to the S&G event. Whether you plan to read or not, if you want to attend dinner, please email HRWriters@cox.net so we can make sure we have a large enough wait staff on hand to accommodate all the diners. Other Show and Grow events will occur on Saturday mornings, 10 AM - 12:30 PM, at either the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517 or at the Slover Library, 235 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA 23510.

All events are FREE and open to the public, but, with regard to the dinner meeting Show and Grow events, if you wish to eat dinner, you must purchase your own food. It's perfectly fine to arrive a few minutes prior to seven and not eat dinner at the venue.

Anyone may listen as part of the audience, BUT if you want to share your work, e-mailed registration is required. Registration is accomplished in two parts when you (1) email your work as a .doc or .docx file, and (2) when you receive confirmation that a slot is still available. When sending your work, please indicate the date of the event at which you would like to share your work. The reading spots are filled on a first come/first serve basis and are expected to fill up quickly. Please see below the schedule to learn how to format your document correctly for presentation.

2017 SHOW & GROW 2018 meeting SCHEDULE


Document Formatting:
  • 12-point or larger font, Times New Roman or Courier only

  • 1-inch margins

  • DOUBLE SPACED, properly indented paragraphs, with no blank line left between paragraphs

  • Page numbers as part of the header in the upper right corner


  • Send no more than 4-5 pages of work; this is all that can be read at an understandable pace in the 10-minutes allotted to you. PLEASE PRACTICE READING YOUR WORK ALOUD and time yourself. We will stop you precisely at the 10-minute mark.


  • Once you've emailed the work, please do not edit it anymore. You will need to read the file that you sent because it will be projected on a screen for the benefit of the audience. Any changes you make subsequent to emailing the file will create confusion for members of the audience and for the person running the laptop and projector.

    Please bring 3 hard copies of your work, one from which you'll read and one for each guest critiquer.


  • February 10, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Lauran Strait and Sally Parrott will serve as the Professional Critiquers.



  • March 15, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Professional Critiquers have yet to be determined.



  • April 26, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Professional Critiquers have yet to be determined.



  • June 2, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal will serve as the Professional Critiquers.



  • July 21, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Professional Critiquers not yet determined.



  • August 30, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. Professional Critiquers have yet to be determined.



  • October 13, 2018 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Professional Critiquers not yet determined.




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