WV Writers will host the 24th State Writers Conference June 8-10 At Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Ripley, West Virginia

West Virginia's Children's Book author Cheryl Ware will instruct on "Developing a Memorable Character; "Children's Writing Markets"; and "Writing for Children of All Ages." Ware has published three "middle" school novels: Flea Circus Summer (1997), Catty-Cornered (1999), Venola in Love (2000). Her picture book, Roberta Price Has Head Lice, will be published in May 2001. She is now at work on a picture book about Mother's Day.

Fiction workshops will be led by WV Writers Fiction Award winners, Belinda Anderson and Geoff Fuller. Fuller has won awards for novels, essays, short stories, sudden fiction and has published in Now and Then, ProCreation, and Writer's Digest. He will lead Flash Fiction workshops as he does with Pamelyn Casto, for "CoffeeHouseforWriters.com" Anderson, a former news reporter, a WVW writing award winner, and adjunct faculty at Greenbrier Community College Center (Bluefield State College) will have her short story collection, The Well Ain't Dry Yet, published by Mountain State Press. She will show writers how to explore mythic structure and archetypes, in "Protagonist with a Thousand Faces: Fiction Writer as Myth Maker."

In Dramatic Writing, Nancy Wright, actor turned writer, has had plays many produced, including: Becoming . . . Somebody (Gallery Players, NYC); In 25 Words or Worse (The Riant Theatre & Love Creek Productions, NYC); and Zo353's Story (Generic Theatre, Norfolk, and The New Jersey Rep). Zoe is featured in The Best Stage Scenes 1999. A winner or finalist in many competitions, e.g., Siena International Playwriting Competition, she will look at "Why Mke It a Play?"; "Art of Monologue"; "Plotting"; "Playing With Characters"; "Tapping Fears and Dreams."

"Writing A Local Column" and manuscript preparation's "Writer House Rules" will be led by Dolly Withrow, Writing Services, Inc. Since 1987 she has done workshops for Fortune 500 companies, utilities, governments, banks. She has authored two books: From the Grove to the Stars (1991) and The Confident Writer (1997), a grammar-based writing textbook. published by McGraw Hill. She is a columnist for The Jackson Herald, and has published nationally in Mature Outlook and Country Journal.

Completing the poetry track are Earl Randy Keener, who will lead a Haiku workshop; and Wilma Acree, exploring "Specificity, Sound, Spontaneity". Keener, a musician-poet, has won many WV Writers awards for individual poetry, poetry collection, and essay. He has read at festivals sponsored by universities, such as Bucknell University. Acree's poems have appeared recently in Pudding Magazine, Crazy River, Appalachian Heritage. Her chapbook, Wilma Acree's Greatest Hits 1985-2000, was published in March by Pudding House's Greatest Hits series of Chapbooks. A former President of WVW, Inc., she leads the Ohio Valley Literary Group.

For futher information and conference updates, click on WVW's webpage below.


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