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Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Writers' Toolkit Event THIS weekend

West Virginia Division of Culture and History
and West Virginia Library Commission present
The Writers' Toolkit

Free intensive creative writing workshops

Friday Evening Kickoff and Reception March 18. 2011 7:00 p.m.

Saturday Classes March 19, 2011 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Free and open to the public.

Friday Evening, March 18, 7:00 p.m.

Keynote Address with guest writer Mary Calhoun Brown, award-winning author of There Are No Words.

Her talk, "Inspired by Dr. Seuss," will address the important role of authors, songwriters and artists as a voice of positive change in the world, and how to use your work to create change in classrooms and beyond.

Saturday, March 19, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Writers' Toolkit will have two sessions of two-hour concurrent classes.

10:00 a.m. to noon

"Creative Writing: A Sensory Approach for Teachers, Students and Young Writers" with Mary Calhoun Brown

"Journalism Class" with Paul Nyden

"Taking Off the Training Wheels" with Sherrell Wigal

"Writing Speculation Fiction: Part One" with Michael Knost

Noon to 1:00 p.m. - Lunch

Bring your own or visit several eateries within a block of the Culture Center

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

"Creative Writing: Using Technology and Other Strategies to Enrich the Writing Process" with Mary Calhoun Brown

"Songwriting" with Kodac Harrison

"Writing Speculation Fiction: Part Two" with Michael Knost

Free and open to the public

Place: The Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston

For more information, call (304) 558-0220, or to see short bios and class descriptions, visit the Division's Web site at

The Culture Center can be reached by traveling on Interstate 64/77. Take exit 99 (Greenbrier Street, State Capitol) down the hill. The Capitol Complex entrance is on the corner of Greenbrier and Washington streets.