ASAP is partnering with the Muse Writers Center to offer a summer writing series! The series includes Write Now and Intro to Screenwriting, two workshops which will be free for veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers. Both workshops will be led by the Muse's instructors and will be held at the Muse's facilities in Norfolk, VA (2200 Colonial Ave #3, Norfolk, VA 23517). Upon completing a session in the summer series, participants are encouraged to enroll in the Muse's myriad writing workshops. The details for each of the sessions are outlined below. 

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Write Now

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When & Where

The Muse | Saturday, June 16th | 1PM to 3:30PM


In this workshop, you will write – in the moment – in response to creative prompts and cues. You will have the opportunity share your work (or not, if you so choose) with your classmates to get feedback on what works in your writing. You will have the opportunity to be heard and to strengthen your ability to get your words and thoughts across to others. There won't be much time to edit, but there will be plenty of time to write and to share.


Intro to Screenwriting

When & Where

 The Muse | Saturday, August 25th | 1PM to 3:30PM


Everyone's got a story to tell and the screenwriter is the one who breathes life into the characters, conflicts and unique worlds created on the silver screen. This seminar is designed to introduce the three-act structure, the use of conflict to move the story forward, and creating compelling characters that audiences will root for. If you've written a screenplay in the past or if you are entirely new to the form, you will learn something valuable about the exciting challenges of visual storytelling.

Alison Schoew

ALISON SCHOEW, daughter of a WWII veteran (her mother!), teaches the Write Now workshops at The Muse, each semester.  She has taught for NASA, The College of William and Mary, and Old Dominion University, and she is amazed, each session, at the prism of different voices that are offered in response to each of her prompts. She looks forward to hearing your voice.




Diane fine

DIANE FINE is the daughter of a veteran and has been a professional screenwriter and "script doctor" in Hollywood for over 20 years. Her credits include Storm starring Martin Sheen and Luke Perry, Firetrap starring Dean Cain, Lori Petty and Mel Harris, Art Heist starring Ellen Pompeo and Billy Baldwin, and Purgatory Flats starring Brian Austin Green and Gregg Henry.  A graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts, she has taught screenwriting, creative writing and elements of storytelling to children, teens and adults in Los Angeles. After recently relocating to Norfolk, she currently teaches Screenwriting as well as Film Production at Old Dominion University, as well as the Screenwriting Workshop at The Muse Writers Center.