Students in the creative writing program at West Virginia University will give public readings of their work at 1 p.m. Tuesday (April 24).

The readings will be in E. Moore Hall on WVU s Downtown Campus, followed by a reception. This free and public event is hosted by the Department of English and the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.

The students are completing their capstone projects in creative writing. The capstone is the final creative writing class a student must take.

The course gives students the opportunity to work one-on-one for an entire semester with a mentor, usually a masters of fine arts student in creative writing. The students confer weekly with their mentors with the goal of creating a manuscript of revised writing that effectively showcases what they’ve accomplished at the University.

A typical project consists of 35-50 pages of revised prose or 10-15 revised poems.

The reading is a celebration, an acknowledgment that a semester of hard work has come to a rewarding end, and these students are closing out their WVU careers with a truly significant accomplishment, a manuscript of polished, high-quality creative writing,said James Harms, director of creative writing and professor of English.We’re very proud of these students.

This years graduating creative writers include Paul Adams, Nick Brittingham, Jessica Buford, Alan Davis, Steve DelGreco, Steve Gais, Brett Hammon, Erin Jaonschka, Brandon Jennings, Jenn Kennedy, Kasey Kesner, Tim Kryaninko, Billy Parsons, Jenna Partridge, Rupam Sofsky, Travis Straub, Nicole Walter and Jenn Wolf.

For more information, contact Harms at 304-293-3107, ext. 33451 or James.Harms@mail.wvu.edu .