MORGANTOWN , W.Va.The application deadline to the West Virginia WritersWorkshop, to be held July 16-19 on the downtown campus of West Virginia University, has been extended until July 8. All applications postmarked on or before July 8 will be accepted.

We want all writers with an interest in improving their work to have the chance to attend,said Mark Brazaitis, director of the workshop and an associate professor of English at WVU .Workshop participants will have the opportunity to work with some of the countrys best writers.

The writers, who will lead workshops and give readings at the West Virginia WritersWorkshop, are James Harms, Patricia Henley, Shara McCallum, Paula McCain, and Richard Wiley. Collectively, the writers have written more than 20 books and won dozens of awards.

Workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry will be offered, and the four-day event will feature five lectures on craft as well as readings.

The West Virginia WritersWorkshop remains an incredible bargain when compared with similar workshops held around the country,Brazaitis said.And our lineup of writers compares favorably with the faculty of workshops two and three times as expensive.

Information about the workshop and an application can be found at: .