Tuesday, July 13, 2010

West Virginia Writers' Workshop

Contact: Mark Brazaitis, 304-293-9707

Pancake to Headline West Virginia Writers' Workshop

Award-winning author Ann Pancake will participate in the 14th West Virginia Writers' Workshop, to be held in Colson Hall on the downtown campus of West Virginia University July 15-18. In addition to Pancake, a West Virginia native and graduate of West Virginia University, the Workshop faculty includes writers who between them have won the Pen/Revson Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Whiting Award, Weatherford Award, Iowa Short Fiction Award, Pushcart Prize, and other prestigious national and international prizes.

The writers will conduct workshops, present lectures, and give readings during the four-day event. Readings are free and open to the public.

"We're fortunate that Ann Pancake is coming back to Morgantown to share her work and her wisdom," said Mark Brazaitis, director of the Workshop. "She’s a terrific writer. She’s also a wonderful teacher. She’ll be both inspirational and helpful to participants, as will the rest of our all-star lineup."

The Workshop will kick off on July 15 at noon with a lunch and an impromptu writing exercise, followed by an impromptu reading.

"We want to involve workshop participants even more this year than we have in years past," said Brazaitis, who also direct WVU’s Creative Writing Program. "We will be giving them opportunities to write and share what they’ve written at every turn."

On July 15 at 8 p.m., poet Peter Makuck, the author of five books of poetry, including His Long Lens: New & Selected Poems, and fiction writer Nancy Reisman, the author of the New York Times notable book The First Desire and the Iowa Short Fiction Award winning House Fires, will read.

On July 16, at 1:30 p.m., fiction writer and poet Brazaitis, the author of The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala and The Other Language: Poems, and ReneƩ Nicholson, whose stories, poems, and essays have appeared in prestigious literary journals such as the Gettysburg Review, will read.

On July 16 at 8 p.m., Pancake, the author of the novel Strange as This Weather Has Been and the short-story collection Given Ground will read with poet James Harms, the Pushcart-Prize-winning author of five books of poetry, including After West.

The Workshop's last reading will be held at 8 p.m. on July 17 with Workshop participants sharing their work in an open mike format.

The conference’s last event will be a panel discussion on publishing, featuring all the Workshop faculty, July 18 at 9:45 a.m.

The West Virginia Writers' Workshop draws writers from all over the country to Morgantown and the campus of WVU for four days of workshops, lectures, readings, and conversation about writing. For more information, see: http://www.as.wvu.edu/wvww/

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