The West Virginia University Department of English in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences will hold its 10 th annual West Virginia Writers’Workshop July 20-23 on the Downtown Campus.


This year’s award-winning faculty includes Mark Brazaitis from WVU ; Allison Joseph from Southern Illinois University Carbondale; Peter Makuck from Eastern Carolina University; Karen McElmurray from Georgia College and State University; Jon Tribble from Southern Illinois University Carbondale; Thom Ward from the Writers and Books Literary Center; and David Wojahn from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Applications for the workshop, open to writers of all ages and experience, will be accepted through June 16. To request a brochure, send an e-mail to Andrea Soccorsi at andrea.soccorsi@mail.wvu.edu or call 304-293-3107 ext. 33404. To speak with conference director, James Harms, send an e-mail to jharms@wvu.edu or call 304-293-3107 ext. 33451. The conference web site includes an application form and is located atwww.as.wvu.edu/wvww.


Participants will meet individually with workshop faculty for intensive one-on-one conferences intended to focus and refine work being done in classrooms and around seminar tables. The workshop also features a full slate of poetry, fiction and nonfiction readings, in addition to craft lectures, panel discussions and informal gatherings.


In addition to the regular workshop, a special program will be offered for West Virginia high school students. The high school program will include activities and writing workshops specifically designed for this age group. Twelve students will be selected to receive full scholarships, which include tuition and lodging. Students not selected for the scholarships may attend for a reduced tuition of $180 and $64.77 for three-day dormitory lodging.


High school students attending the conference will workshop for three days with graduate students in WVU ’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, attend creative readings and craft classes, and participate in one-on-one tutorials.


High school students interested in applying to the West Virginia Writers’Workshop should send a typed writing sample (3-5 poems or up to 15 pages of prose) along with their name, address, home phone, email and grade and high school they will be attending in Fall 2006 to: Andrea Soccorsi, WVU Department of English, P.O. Box 6296, Morgantown, WV 26506 -6296.