MORGANTOWN , W.Va.Writers of all ages and experiences will compose and discuss poetry, fiction and nonfiction readings at the 13th annual West Virginia WritersWorkshop hosted by the West Virginia University Department of English from July 16-19 on WVU s main campus.

The WritersWorkshop will feature writing classes, lectures, panel discussions, informal gatherings and one-on-one conferences. Award-winning faculty participating in the workshop includes Mark Brazaitis, James Harms, Patricia Henley, John Hoppenthaler, Shara McCallum, Paula McLain and Richard Wiley.

Those who wish to attend should submit typed writing samples that consist of six to eight pages of poetry, or 10-15 pages of double-spaced prose. Interested participants may visit to learn more and download a registration form.

In addition to the writersworkshop, West Virginia high school students are encouraged to apply for a special program that features writing-related activities designed for teenagers. Students interested in applying should submit typed writing samples consisting of three to five poems, or up to 15 pages of double-spaced prose along with name, address, home phone, e-mail address, name of high school and grade to Marsha Bissett at .

High school students are eligible for a reduced tuition fee of $180 and a three-night stay at the Stalnaker Hall dormitory for $67.80 (plus 6% sales and 6% occupancy tax). Twelve students will be selected as recipients for full scholarships to the workshop, which includes the cost of tuition and lodging.

The postmark deadline for the workshop, as well as the special program for high school students, is Friday, June 26.

For more information, contact Mark Brazaitis, workshop director and professor in the department of English, at (304) 293-9707 or .