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Writers Can Learn From Award-Winning Authors at NOVA-Woodbridge

Aspiring writers are invited to the Writers’ Retreat at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The retreat is a three-day workshop and conference with four award-winning writers: Richard Bausch, Randall Kenan, Jill McCorkle and Alan Shapiro.

“The retreat is an opportunity to experience the insight of accomplished writers who will help you reach your fullest potential whether in fiction, essay, memoir or poetry,” said NOVA English Professor Bob Bausch who is organizing the event. “In addition to the workshops, the conference will also include craft talks, a discussion panel and readings.”

Participants will register for one of four workshops to explore the short story with Richard Bausch, memoir and nonfiction with Kenan, the novel with McCorkle, or poetry with Shapiro.

Richard Bausch is the author of 11 novels and eight collections of stories, including “The Last Good Time” which was made into a feature-length movie. Kenan has written seven books, collections of short stories, essays and a biography. McCorkle is the author of five novels and four collections of stories, and her work was recently featured in the off-Broadway musical “Good Ol’ Girls.” Shapiro has written nine books of poetry and was invited to read his work at the White House during Bill Clinton’s presidency. All have won many literary awards.

The retreat will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, and workshops will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 and Friday, May 20. The writers will present craft talks in the afternoons and readings on Thursday and Friday evenings.

Attendees should submit a writing sample before the workshop. For submission guidelines and additional information about the retreat, go to the Woodbridge Writers’ Retreat Facebook page. The retreat costs $325, which includes one dinner and two lunches, or $250 without meals. To learn more, contact Bob Bausch at rbausch@nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.