Writing Your Peace Corps Story (Fiction or Non-Fiction)
A workshop presented at the Peace Corps 40th Anniversary Conference

Friday, 3:30–4:30 pm

Woodrow Wilson Internationa Center for Scholars
Just of Pennsylvania Avenue and 13th Street on Woodrow Wilson Plaza, two blocks from the Hotel Washington (it is in a wing of the Ronald Regan Building) see Map

Other workshops presented by Peace Corps Writers at the 40th Conference:

The Peace Corps Novel as Literature

Poetry from the PC Experience

Publishing Translations

Travel Now, Write Later

Write! Edit! Publish!

Writing about the Environment

Writing Children's Books

Writing On-Line

Working with Words

Turn your Peace Corps experience into a book. These professional writers have all published Peace Corps stories, in a variety of genres, using material from their experience. What are the paths to publication? How does an RPCV use his or her experience to write a “Peace Corps” book?
Moderator
John Coyne (Ethiopia 1962–64) is the editor of PeaceCorpsWriters.org and Living On The Edge: Fiction by Peace Corps Writers. He lives in Pelham Manor, New York.
 
  Panelists:
Mark Brazaitis (Guatemala 1991–93) is the author of The River of Lost Voices: Stories from Guatemala, winner of the 1998 Iowa Short Fiction Award, and Steal My Heart, a novel. He lives and teaches in Morgantown, West Virginia.

Geraldine Kennedy (Liberia 1962–64) is the editor of From the Center of the Earth: Stories out of the Peace Corps and author of Harmattan: A Journey Across the Sahara. She lives in Santa Monica

Marnie Mueller (Ecuador 1963–65) is the author of two novels, Green Fires and The Climate of the Country. Her next novel, My Mother’s Island is forthcoming in March 2002.

P. David Searles (PC/D Philippines 1971–74, PC/W 1975–76) wrote The Peace Corps Experience, a history of the agency from 1969 to 1976. He lives in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Mary-Ann Tirone Smith (Cameroon 1965–67) has written five novels, including the first work of long fiction to come out of the Peace Corps, Lament For A Silver-Eyed Woman. She lives in Connecticut on Long Island Sound.

Jim Toner (Sri Lanka 1988–90) is the author of Serendib, a Peace Corps memoir about his 75-year-old father who came on a whim to visit Sri Lanka. Toner teaches English at Columbia College in Sonora, California.

Richard Wiley (Korea 1967–69) is the author of five novels, including the 1986 PEN/Faulkner Award winning, Soldiers In Hiding. He lives in Las Vegas where he is on the writing faculty.

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