I. To challenge and inspire local writers by creating a quality forum within which to share their writing – a place, both literal and figurative, between the extremes of highly competitive literary journals and open-mic venues.
II. To build audiences for the literary arts in our community by refining writers’ performance of their written works; by providing entertaining programs for the public; and by networking and collaborating with writers and supporters of literary art in our community.
New River Valley Voices sponsors annual writing competitions each Spring, which are followed by public presentations of the selected works.
The selected authors from each round of submissions present their stories and poems at a public reading. Since the success of a literary reading before a live audience requires presentations that engage and entertain an audience, the readers receive one-on-one performance coaching.