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Come join us July 21-24, 2016

Faculty: Mark Brazaitis, James Harms, David Hassler, Shara McCallum, Howard Owen, Renée Nicholson, and more.

An extraordinary experience.
An extraordinarily low cost.

At the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop, you will:

  • Participate in an intimate workshop (in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, or screenwriting) in which your work will be critiqued gently and thoroughly by a nationally recognized writer as well as by your fellow workshop members.
  • Absorb valuable lessons on writing in craft talks given by nationally known authors.
  • Improve your writing through a series of exercises tailored to the craft talks.
  • Hear dynamic readings by nationally recognized authors.
  • Read your own work in front of a warm and enthusiastic audience of your peers.
  • And (if you choose) speak to on-site publishers about your work.

has featured some of the most innovative voices, including:
Gail Galloway Adams, Steve Almond, Stephen Amidon, Erin Belieu, Pinckney Benedict, Mark Brazaitis, Peter Cameron, Nick Carbo, Joan Connor, Michael Czyzniejewski, Denise Duhamel, MaryBeth Fisher, James Harms, Patricia Henley, Brian Henry, Tony Hoagland, Ann Hood, John Hoppenthaler, Alison Joseph, Laura Kasischke, Gerry LaFeminia, Peter Makuck, Shara McCallum, Rebecca McClanahan, Paula McClain, John McKernan, Irene McKinney, Jane Mead, Kelly Moffett, Kevin Oderman, Robert Olmstead, Ann Pancake, Nancy Reisman, Sheri Reynolds, Mary Ann Samyn, Faith Shearin, Aleda Shirley, Ethel Morgan Smith, David St. John, Jane Varley, Cheryl Ware, Michael Waters, Michael C. White, Richard Wiley and others.

Writers' Workshop Web Photo 2013

Meet the Press at the WVWW:
Limited Number of Pitch Sessions and Manuscript Reviews by PageSpring Publishing’s YA and Women’s Fiction Imprints

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General Workshop Questions:
Renee Nicholson, Assistant to the Director

Administrative Questions?
Marsha Bissett, Administrative Assistant

Suggestions, Comments, Insights, Inspirations?
Mark Brazaitis, Director

Click here to enjoy a reading by Faith Shearin, Mary Ann Samyn, and Mark Brazaitis from the 2012 WVWW

Composition & Rhetoric
Creative Writing
Literary and Cultural Studies
Professional Writing and Editing
the WVU Writing Center

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February 10: Jackson Distinguished Lecture with Christopher Hager, 2:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall.

February 29: Christa Parravani and Caroline Randall-Williams Reading, 7:30 p.m., Robinson Reading Room.

March 1: Helen Coast Hayes Lecture with Mike Tidwell, 4:00 p.m., 130 Colson Hall and 7:30 p.m., Rhododendrom Room, Mountainlair

April 21: Calliope Reading, 7:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

April 28: MFA Reading, 7:30 p.m., Rhododendrom Room, Mountainlair

TBA: Professional Writing and Editing Poster Display in 130 Colson Hall, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. – presentation at 4:00 p.m.

TBA: English 418 Capstone Reading in 130 Colson Hall

July 21-24: West Virginia Writers’ Workshop