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Free Writing Workshop Offered in Casper

February 23, 2009

The second annual University of Wyoming "Weather Reports" tour will be in Casper Feb. 27-28.

A reading will be held on Feb. 27 from 8-9:30 p.m., followed by a workshop for writers on Feb. 28 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Both events will be held at the UW Outreach Building Room 150, located at 951 N. Poplar.

The reading and workshop is free and open to anyone interested in writing fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Attendees will have the opportunity to work with a professional writer and UW's top graduate students in a relaxed environment.

"We wanted to hear from Wyoming citizens about the issues of importance to them," explained Harvey Hix, professor of English at UW. "The weather reports tour was started as a way of opening up communication across the state."

Attendees will hear readings and learn writing tips from Paul Bergstraesser, lecturer of creative writing and literature at UW, and Joe Posnanski and Trampas Smith, master of fine arts students at UW.

Posnanski earned a bachelor's degree in English in 2004 and a master's degree in creative writing with a fiction specialty from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2007. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Texas in Austin in 2004.

Bergstraesser's fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in literary journals, including Another Chicago Magazine, The Barcelona Review, Sojourn and The Portland Review. He is also a host on the Laramie radio program "Speaking of Writing," a position which allows him to interview many types of Wyoming writers.

For more information, contact the UW Department of English at (307) 766-6452.

Posted on Monday, February 23, 2009

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