Annual UMKC Mark Twain Writers Workshop Starts June 4

Professional instruction offered for writers of any age or skill level

The Mark Twain Writers Workshop, a 30-year Kansas City tradition at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is accepting enrollment for both college credit and noncredit students.

Anyone interested in improving his or her skills as a fiction writer, poet, essayist or screenwriter is invited to attend. This is not a study of Mark Twain; this workshop, named for the great Missouri writer, offers lively, professional instruction to help people of any age or skill level improve their writing.

Speakers at the workshop will include Speer Morgan, novelist and editor of The Missouri Review; fiction and poetry award-winner Mariko Nagai; short-story award winner Stephanie Powell Watts; Missouri Poet Laureate William Trowbridge; screenwriter Mitch Brian; novelist Michael Pritchett; history writer and professor Jennifer Phegley; New Letters magazine editor Robert Stewart; radio producer Angela Elam; novelist Thomas Fox Averill and poet Kathryn Nuernberger.

“Each year at the Mark Twain Writers Workshop we have a lively mix of relative beginners and successful professionals among the student body,” said conference co-director Robert Stewart. “That mix makes this gathering truly exciting.”

The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each weekday morning for three weeks, from June 4 through June 22, on the UMKC campus. The workshop is co-sponsored by New Letters magazine and KCUR-FM. The program offers instruction in fiction and poetry, with supplementary instruction in creative nonfiction, screen writing, publication and more from Stewart and Professor Michael Pritchett, both UMKC faculty members and widely published writers.

This year will also feature a symposium, “Historical Fiction,” with guest speakers and editors. For more details on noncredit or individual credit options and registration, call UMKC Arts & Sciences Continuing Education at 816-235-2736 (for any noncredit option); or the English Department at 816-235-1307 (for credit registration). For course content call the New Letters magazine office at 816-235-1168.

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