West Virginia Writers’ Workshop Expands Focus;
New This Summer: Writing about Health and Healing
In addition to its usual focus on fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, this summer’s West Virginia Writers’ Workshop will include talks, readings, and classes on health and healing (sometimes called narrative medicine).
The Workshop, in its 21st year, will be held on WVU’s downtown campus from July 20 to July 23. Visiting writers and lecturers will include West Virginia poet and children’s book author Marc Harshman, who will kick off the event with a talk entitled “The Poetry of Healing,” and faculty members from the Narrative Medicine program in Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies.
Other faculty members include novelist Courtney Angela Brkic, a professor at George Mason University and the author of The First Rule of Swimming; poet Geffrey Davis, a professor at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and the author of Revising the Storm, winner of the A. Poulin Jr. Poetry Prize and a finalist for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; and David Hassler, a poet and nonfiction writer who directs the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University.
The Workshop is designed to give writers at any stage of their careers the opportunity to improve their craft in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Participants work with nationally and internationally acclaimed authors, editors, and publishers in classes of no more than 14 students. In addition, the Workshop features readings, craft talks, writing exercises, and a publishing panel. The Workshop’s tuition is priced to make it affordable.
Spots in the workshop are open now. Participants can sign up on line: http://english.wvu.edu/
“This is great chance for writers at any stage of their careers to work with outstanding professional writers and peers from across the country,” said Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1991-93), a professor in WVU’s Department of English, the workshop’s director, and the author of seven books. “Anyone with an interest in creative writing—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and narrative medicine—should sign up. No experience necessary.”
For more information, contact Mark Brazaitis at Mark.Brazaitis@mail.wvu.edu or go to the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop Web site at http://english.wvu.edu/