Several noted authors will give public readings during the West Virginia Writers’Workshop July 21-24 at West Virginia University.

Fifty writers have been accepted to attend the four-day workshop to receive feedback and advice on their poetry, fiction or nonfiction. Featured authors will share their knowledge and discuss helpful ways to improve writing and revision techniques.

The WVU Department of English and Eberly College of Arts and Sciences are sponsoring the workshop.

“This is our ninth workshop, and it’s extremely gratifying to be able to attract so many writers from around the country to Morgantown ,”said James Harms, workshop director and WVU faculty member.”We have a terrific faculty this year, as always, all of them award-winning writers, and I know it’s going to be a very special four days of literary activity.”

The schedule for the free readings is as follows:

Thursday, July 21Michael White, author of”The Garden of Martyrs,”and Michael Waters, author of”Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems,”8 p.m., Mountainlair Gold Ballroom

Friday, July 22Mihaela Moscaliuc, co-translator of”Death Searches for You a Second Time”by Carmelia Leonte, and John Hoppenthaler, author of”Lives of Water,”1:30 p.m., Mountainlair Gold Ballroom; Mark Brazaitis, author of”An American Affair,”and MaryAnn Samyn, author of”Purr,”8 p.m., Mountainlair Gold Ballroom

Saturday, July 23David Baker, author of”Changeable Thunder,”and Ann Townsend, author of”The Coronary Garden ,”8 p.m. Hatfields, Mountainlair

All participants will meet individually with workshop faculty for intensive one-on-one conferences.

“These individual conferences are intended to focus and refine the work being done around seminar tables and in classrooms,”Harms said.”The workshops themselves have limited enrollments to guarantee personal attention.”

Literary readings, lectures on craft, and panel discussions on publishing and editing are included in the workshop’s activities and events. Although writers have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the writing process, activities have been scheduled so as to allow all participants free time to explore Morgantown and its surroundings and to meet and confer with fellow writers.

Another aspect of the West Virginia Writers’Workshop is the high school program. The two high school workshops, totaling 20 students, will be taught by graduate students in WVU ’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

For more information, contact Harms at 293-3107 ext. 33451. More about the conference on the Net: