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West Virginia Writer’s Workshop to focus on health, healing in 2017

In its 21st year, the West Virginia Writers’ Workshop will offer lectures and readings related to creative writing on health and healing.

The workshop, which will be held July 20-23 on the West Virginia University Downtown Campus, will also feature creative work by nationally known poets, fiction and nonfiction writers.

The following events are free and open to the public:

July 20, noon
Gold Ballroom, Mountainlair Student Union
“The Poetry of Healing,” a lecture and reading by Marc Harshman, West Virginia’s Poet Laureate.

July 20, 8 p.m.
Hill & Hollow Restaurant, 709 Beechurst Avenue
A reading by poet Geffrey Davis, author of "Revising the Storm," and fiction writer Mark Brazaitis, author of "Truth Poker: Stories and The Incurables." A free sampling of Appalachian “healing foods” will be available.

July 21, noon
Gold Ballroom, Mountainlair Student Union
“Creative Writing in Healthcare: Healing with Words,” a lecture by Lorrence Gutterman, MD.

July 21, 1:30 p.m.
Gold Ballroom, Mountainlair Student Union
“When You Know Too Much,” a lecture by Erich Grant, a physician’s assistant at Wake Forest University.

July 21, 8 p.m.
130 Colson Hall
Reading by poet James Harms, author of "Comet Scar"; poet Renée Nicholson, author of "Roundabout Directions to Lincoln Center"; and David Hassler, a nonfiction writer, poet and the director of the Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University.

July 22, 1:30 p.m.
130 Colson Hall
Reading by fiction writer Courtney Brkic, author of "The First Rule of Swimming," and young-adult novelist Ann Claycomb, author of "The Mermaid’s Daughter."

“We have an extraordinary lineup of talented writers, and it’s a pleasure to showcase their talents here in Morgantown,” Mark Brazaitis, professor in the Department of English and workshop director, said. “Our focus on writing about health and healing is especially relevant, given the national debate about health care.”