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From January 2023, Surrey Muse meets from 1-4pm (PT) every Fourth Saturday of each month except December.
Three featured presenters (author, poet, artist/performer) use 20 minutes each. Each presentation is followed by 10 minutes of discussion/questions. (A host cannot reduce/change time allocation). An online profile is posted at Surrey Muse People page for each presenter before the meeting. A Data Projector can be made available if needed. Microphone is not allowed. Photographs may be taken and/or videos may be made for our blog and social media pages. A permanent link will be added to Surrey Muse Sidebar in ‘Featured’ links for each presenter (please send yours if it’s not there). At this time, there is a $150 honorarium each for the three featured presenters.
Two emerging artists (writer, poet, musician, visual artist) each use 10 minutes presentation time followed by 5 minutes of discussion with a $75 honorarium each.
An author/poet/performer who has launched a book or a cd/dvd in the previous three months may also be available for Signing. They will be introduced by the host to read for 10 minutes at the beginning of the meeting, and they will have a table to display/sign/sell any or all of their titles. This is an optional item of our program.
Refreshments are served in the break. There can be two 10-minute breaks or one 15-minute break. (A host can reduce the duration/number of breaks to make up for lost time.)
25 minutes of Open Mic with 3-5 minutes for each participant. (A host can take no more than 5-7 minutes to make up for lost time). Sign-up sheet is available on the Book Table. Open Mic presenters may be mentioned in event reports, may appear in photographs, videos and on our web page. Bring your poems, short fiction, creative prose, art, songs.
All Presenters, Hosts and Participants can place their books, CDs, DVDs and art for sale at the Book Table without any cost.
Events are Free and Wheelchair Accessible
Donations are welcome and much needed.
#418 – City Centre Library (February 25 event to be in Room #402)
10350 University Drive
Surrey, BC V3T 4B8
With the Lockdown in March 2020, Surrey Muse began to present a virtual gathering each month at 5:30-7pm with a recorded program and a LIVE Watch Party on YouTube where it is later added to the Surrey Muse channel. Virtual Gatherings showcased the work of three featured artists (author, poet, artist/performer) using 20 minutes each. There was a $50 honorarium each for the three presenters. An Open Mic Opener presented for 10 minutes ($30 honorarium) to begin the Open Mic session. A Host introduced the four featured guests. Open Mic presenters used 3-5 minutes each. There was also a 5-minute introduction to a new publication by its author/creator titled Just Launched. More on virtual gatherings is at the link below:
The library hours of operation also changed prompting us to meet at 1-4pm every Fourth Saturday from January 2023 instead of our usual 5:30-8:30pm Fourth Fridays that we had been meeting since 2011.
Surrey Muse Program is put in place twice a year: january-may and june-october. Invitations are sent 1-2 months in advance of a 5-month session. Our invitation lists are based on the feedback and recommendations from our public meetings, artists themselves, members of different cultural communities, Surrey Muse staff, advisers and other volunteers. Program is guided by our mandate.
If you would like to present as a feature or arrange a Book/CD/DVD Signing, contact us with your profile at Recommendations.
To present on the Open Mic, you just have to show up at a meeting and introduce yourself to the Host.
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