MORGANTOWN , W.Va.The 13th West Virginia WritersWorkshop, which will be held in the Mountainlair on the downtown campus of West Virginia University on July 16-19, features writers who have won prestigious national and international prizes.

The writers will conduct workshops, present lectures, and give readings during the four-day event. Readings are free and open to the public.

The workshop begins at 1 p.m. on July 16 with a reading by Renée Nicholson, a graduate of WVU s Master of Fine Arts program. Nicholson, a former professional ballet dancer, has been published in the Gettysburg Review , Chelsea, and other literary magazines.

At 8 p.m. on July 16, two authors will readPaula McLain, a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and author of the memoir,Like Family: Growing Up in Other Peoples Houses,and Richard Wiley, a winner of the Pen/Faulkner Award for the novel,Soldiers In Hiding.

On July 17, at 1:30 p.m., poet John Hoppenthaler, a professor at East Carolina University and author of the poetry collection,Lives of Water,and fiction writer Natalie Sypolt, a graduate of WVU s MFA program, will read.

At 8 p.m. that same day, Mark Brazaitis, author ofThe River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala,and Shara McCallum, winner of the 1998 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize forThe Water Between Us,will read. Brazaitis is the winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award and the director of WVU s Creative Writing Program.

On July 18, at 1:30 p.m., Kelly Moffett, a graduate of WVU s MFA program and author of the poetry collection,Waiting for a Warm Body to Fill It,will read. Kevin Oderman, a WVU English professor and author of the novel,Goingwill also read.

The workshop will conclude at 8 p.m. on July 18 with readings by WVU Professor James Harms, who is the author of five collections of poetry and the winner of the PEN /Revson Fellowship, and Patricia Henley, whose first novel,Hummingbird House,was a finalist for the National Book Award.

The West Virginia WritersWorkshop is an annual event, which draws writers from all over the country to Morgantown and the campus of WVU for four days of workshops, lectures, readings, and conversations about writing.

For more information, contact Mark Brazaitis at 304-293-9707.