The deadline to apply for the 2005 West Virginia WritersWorkshop at West Virginia University has been extended to June 30.

The workshop, which will be July 21-24, offers participants the opportunity to work with nationally renowned writers.

This years faculty includes award-winning poets David Baker, Ann Townsend and Michael Waters; novelist Michael C. White; and WVU authors Gail Galloway Adams, Mark Brazaitis and Mary Ann Samyn.

Conference-goers will meet with fellow writers in a workshop setting, as well as individually with their workshop instructor. There will also be panel discussions on publishing; craft classes in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and translation; and evening readings.

In addition to the regular workshop, a special component offers West Virginia high school students the chance to participate in the event. Twelve students will be selected to receive full scholarships, which include tuition and lodging; however, those students not selected for the scholarships may attend for a reduced fee of $180 (tuition). Three-day dormitory lodging totals $64.74.

Students who attend the conference will work three days with graduate students in WVU s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, attend creative readings and participate in craft classes. They will participate in one-on-one tutorials as well.

Anyone interested in applying to the West Virginia WritersWorkshop should send a typed writing sample (four to six poems or up to 15 pages of prose) along with their name, address, home phone number and e-mail address to Andrea Soccorsi, WVU Department of English, P.O. Box 6296, Morgantown, WV 26506 -6296. E-mail applications are also accepted.

To request a brochure, contact Soccorsi at or 304-293-3107 ext. 33404. To speak with the conference director, e-mail James Harms at or call 304-293-3107 ext. 33451.

Applications and additional information are also available at the conference Web