The West Virginia Writers’ Workshop will be celebrating its 16th anniversary this summer when it hosts writers from around the country on West Virginia University’s downtown campus from July 19-22.

The workshop is designed to give writers at any stage of their careers, from beginner to published, the opportunity to improve their work. Participants will work with nationally and internationally acclaimed authors in classes of no more than 12 students. In addition, the workshop features readings, craft talks and writing exercises aimed at helping participants hone their skills.

At $350, the workshop is one of the more reasonably priced out of the hundreds offered around the United States and abroad. The deadline to apply is June 15. Applications are available online at:

“The West Virginia Writers’ Workshop is a superb opportunity for writers to work with terrific authors and receive helpful and encouraging feedback on their poems, stories, novels, memoirs, and other writing,” said WVU English professor Mark Brazaitis, who directs the workshop. “I encourage anyone who is interested in writing to attend. In the past, we’ve had high school students, as well as people who have published books, sign up as participants. It makes for a great dynamic.”

This year’s visiting writers, who will lead workshops, offer craft talks and give public readings, are:

Stephen Amidon, whose nine books include the ambitious and revelatory “The Sublime Engine: A Biography of the Human Heart;”

Faith Shearin, the author of three books of poetry, who has had several of her poems read on public radio by Garrison Keillor;

James Harms, a WVU English professor, whose 10 books of poetry include the award-winning “The Joy Addict”; and

Mary Ann Samyn, a WVU English professor and poet, who is a recent recipient of the University’s Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award.

The Workshop will also feature readings by poet John Hoppenthaler and fiction writer Michael Czyzniejewski, who edits the Mid-American Review.

“This is an all-star lineup,” said Brazaitis, the author of four books of fiction and one of poetry, who will also lead a workshop. “We’re pleased to bring such a dynamic group of authors and teachers to the campus. We anticipate a superb event.”

For more information, contact Mark Brazaitis at 304-293-9707 or or go to the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop Web site at



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