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 evenings, from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, at Gus and George's Spaghetti and Steak House, 4312 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454. and at other local restaurants TBD. 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, (please arrive no later than 9:45 AM) 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 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 often fill up quickly. Please look below the schedule to learn how to format your document correctly for presentation. YOU MUST BRING 3 COPIES OF THE WORK TO THE EVENT.

2019 SHOW & GROW Your Prose with Professional Critique meeting SCHEDULE


  • January 26, 2019 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. ? and ? will serve as the Professional Critiquers.



  • March 9, 2019 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. ? and ? will serve as the Professional Critiquers.



  • April 2, 2019 -- 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. ? and ? will be the professional critiquers.



  • May 11, 2019 -- 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.



  • June 4, 2019 -- 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. Valerie Wilkinson and ? will be the professional critiquers.



  • August 6, 2019 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ Ynot Italian at The Shoppes at Greenbrier 1036 Volvo Pkwy #7, 5:30 - 7 for dinner, then 7 - 8:30 PM for the critiques. ? and ? will be the professional critiquers.


  • September 7, 2019 -- Show and Grow your prose with Professional Critique @ the Muse Writers Center, 2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517, 10 AM - 12:30 PM. Jessica Grace Kelley and ? will serve as the Professional Critiquers.



  • October 1, 2019 -- 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. ? and ? will be the professional critiquers.



  • 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.



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