I. To challenge and inspire NRV 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 bi-annual juried writing competitions, 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.