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. 3 - 4 readings per session for the dinner meetings and 6 readings at the Muse Writers Center.

We're trying something different this year. Some of the Show and Grow events will occur on select Thursday evenings, from 7 - 9 PM, at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 and others at the Providence Square Grill, 941 Providence Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. 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 - 12:30, at the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517.

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 you 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.

2016 SHOW & GROW meeting SCHEDULE


  • DINNER MEETING -- THURSDAY, February 11, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 PM in the back meeting room at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House at 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Lauran Strait and Dr. Dennis Bounds will serve as the professional critiquers. Try to arrive by 5:30 if you'd like to participate in happy hour and network with fellow writers. Food orders need to be put in as close to 5:45 as possible so we can finish eating and start the readings about 7. Friends and/or family welcome.


  • DINNER MEETING -- THURSDAY, March 31, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 PM in the back meeting room at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House at 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Lauran Strait and Dr. Dennis Bounds will serve as the professional critiquers. Try to arrive by 5:30 if you'd like to participate in happy hour and network with fellow writers. Food orders need to be put in as close to 5:45 as possible so we can finish eating and start the readings about 7. Friends and/or family welcome.


  • SATURDAY, April 30, 2016 from 10 - 12:30 at the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517. Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal will critique the work.



  • DINNER MEETING -- THURSDAY, May 12, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 PM in the back meeting room at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House at 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. Valerie Wilkinson and Dennis Bounds will serve as the professional critiquers. Try to arrive by 5:30 if you'd like to participate in happy hour and network with fellow writers. Food orders need to be put in as close to 5:45 as possible so we can finish eating and start the readings about 7. Friends and/or family welcome.


  • SATURDAY, June 4, 2016 from 10:00 - 12:30 Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique at the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517. Lauran Strait and Michael Khandelwal will serve as the professional critiquers.

  • DINNER MEETING -- THURSDAY, July 7, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 PM at the Providence Square Grill, 941 Providence Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Professional critiquers TBD. Try to arrive by 5:30 if you'd like to participate in happy hour and network with fellow writers. Food orders need to be put in as close to 5:45 as possible so we can finish eating and start the readings about 7. Friends and/or family welcome.


  • SATURDAY, August 13, 2016 from 10:00 - 12:30 Show and Grow your Prose with Professional Critique at the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517. Michael Khandelwal will serve as the professional critiquer.


  • DINNER MEETING -- THURSDAY, October 6, 2016, from 5:30 to 9 PM at the Providence Square Grill, 941 Providence Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Professional critiquers will be Dr. Dennis Bounds and Leslie Entsminger. Try to arrive by 5:30 if you'd like to participate in happy hour and network with fellow writers. Food orders need to be put in as close to 5:45 as possible so we can finish eating and start the readings about 7. Friends and/or family welcome.




  • 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 2 hard copies of your work, one from which you'll read and one on which the guest critiquer will write comments. The hard copy will be returned to you.



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