Calling all

RPCV Writers

Are you writing a novel, a memoir, a scholarly essay, poems, and/or short stories? Whether what you’re working on is about the Peace Corps or not, you are invited to the Second Peace Corps Writers Workshop this October on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.

The Workshop—open to a maximum of 15 RPCV writers—will be held from Thursday, October 5, to Sunday, October 7, at Shore Retreats on Broad Creek. The cost ranges from $100 to $500, depending on the applicant’s economic circumstances, and includes shared living quarters and most meals. If interested, please contact Matt Losak (Lesotho 1985-87) at:

The Workshop, organized by Peace Corps Worldwide and supported by the Peace Corps Fund, will be led by Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1991-93), an English professor at West Virginia University, where he directs the Creative Writing Program and the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop. The author of eight books, including The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, Mark wrote the script for the award-winning Peace Corps film How Far Are You Willing to Go to Make a Difference? His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in The Sun, Ploughshares, Witness, Guernica, Michigan Quarterly Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, Glamour, USA Today, and elsewhere. Two other accomplished RPCV writers to be announced will join Mark on the faculty.

Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1991-93)

For questions about how the Workshop will be run, please email Mark at

The Workshop will include a publishing panel in which participants will learn the do’s and don’ts of the business side of the craft. Bring your questions about agents, editors, literary journals, and anything else related to publishing your work.

The setting is gorgeous, and the company will be lively, supportive, and stimulating. Sign up now!



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