CORRECTION: Ellen Bryson, who is an author, also read an excerpt from her novel.
Due to expected severe rain, wind, flooding, and snow, and since students and friends live in a large radius around the center, the Muse is postponing its Grand Opening to Saturday, January 30.
The Muse Writers Center will host a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, January 30 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Our new space is at 2200 Colonial Ave. Suite #3 in Norfolk’s Ghent neighborhood (23517)—in the Ghent Market Shops.
The all-day event will feature Tours, a Pre-teen Class Reading, a Teen Class Reading, a Songwriting Class Performance, an ODU MFA Program Reading, a Reading by Ellen Bryson, Lydia Netzer and Luisa Igloria, and a Reading by Tim Seibles (with Greg Lee) from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and a Reception & Celebration from 7-10 p.m., featuring The Muse Neighborhood Jam, and Performances by Skye Zentz, Dan Duke, and others. The event is free and open to the public.
Ten years ago, The Muse Writers Center began by borrowing classroom and reading space from other art centers. Today, The Muse is a thriving literary center ready to expand, and we’re excited to be moving back to where we began, The Ghent Market Shops. Our new, 2,700 square-foot facility will house five large classrooms, two semi-private rooms for writers who need a little more quiet to work, office space, a kitchen, two restrooms, as well as a library and an auditorium.
The Muse Library will house hundreds of works of fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and various books on the art of writing. In addition, a 2,000 volume collection of international poetry has been gifted to The Muse. Comfortable chairs for reading and a table for writing complement the space.
The spacious Auditorium/all purpose room, with an integrated projector and sound system, will enable us to grow our events. This area will be used for teen and pre-teen readings and open-mic performances, The Muse Jam, and open houses. It will provide the necessary space for vising writers to give talks and readings, and allow us to hold special performance events in a bright, open space.
More information can be found at www.the-muse.org.