Several authors are reading from their works this weekend as part of the 10th annual West Virginia WritersWorkshop at West Virginia University.

More than 50 writers are attending the workshop to receive feedback and advice on their poetry, fiction or nonfiction. In addition, 12 West Virginia high school students are attending as part of a special workshop for young writers. The high school workshop is being taught by graduate students in WVU s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program.

This is our 10th anniversary, so were particularly excited about this years workshop,said Jim Harms, workshop director and professor of English at WVU .Its wonderful to have so many writers in Morgantown from all over the country. We have a terrific faculty of featured authors this year, all of them award-winning writers, and I know its going to be a very special four days.

Featured authors are sharing their knowledge and discussing helpful ways to improve writing and revision techniques. Each author is also giving a reading, which is free and open to the public.

WVU English professor Mark Brazaitis, Karen McElmurray and David Wojahn kicked off the readings Thursday, July 20, in the Mountainlair Gold Ballroom.

The schedule for the weekends readings is as follows:

  • Friday, July 21John Hoppenthaler, author ofLives of Waterand editor of the literary journal Kestral, and Jon Tribble, editor of the Crab Orchard Award Series in Poetry and other journals, 1:30 p.m., Mountainlair Gold Ballroom; Thom Ward, author of two books of poetry and senior editor of BOA Editions, and Peter Makuck, author of four collections of poetry and editor of Tar River Poetry, 8 p.m., Mountainlair Gold Ballroom
  • Saturday, July 22Allison Joseph, author of five collections of poetry and editor of the Crab Orchard Review, and Harms, author of five collections of poetry and director of WVU s MFA Program, 8 p.m., Chic N Bones Rhythm Cafe

All workshop participants are meeting 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.

In addition to literary readings, there are lectures on craft and panel discussions on publishing and editing.

For more information, contact Harms at 293-3107 ext. 33451.