Working with Words:
A workshop presented at the Peace Corps 40th Anniversary Conference

Saturday, 2:00–3:00 pm, Hotel Washington

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

Writing Your Peace Corps Story

These professional RPCV writers discuss the different paths (and what it takes) to establishing a career as a writer in newspapers, magazines, television, and in book publishing
Kitty Thuermer (Mali 1977–79) is Director of Publications for the National Association of Independent Schools as well as a freelance writer for The Washington Post and Christian Science Monitor.
Karen DeWitt (Ethiopia 1966–68) is a writer/producer. She has been a staff writer for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and a senior producer at ABC’s “Nightline.” She lives in Washington, D.C.

Peter Hessler (China 1996–98) is the author of River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze, an account of his his Peace Corps life in China. He is a writer for The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Beijing, China.

Richard Lipez (Ethiopia 1962–64), author of the Donald Strachey private-eye novels, written under the name Richard Stevenson, is an editorial writer at The Berkshire Eagle and a book reviewer for The Washington Post. Lipez lives in Otis, Massachusetts.

Maureen Orth (Colombia 1964–66) is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair. She is the author of Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace and the Largest Failed Manhumt in U.S. History.

Pat Reilly (Liberia 1972–75) is a copy editor on the National Desk of the Washington Post. She has worked for New York Newsday, the Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record and other papers in New Jersey and Ohio. She lives in Washington D.C.

John Woods (Ethiopia 1965–68) is an author of business books and president of CWL Publishing Enterprises, a book packaging and production company in Madison, Wisconsin.

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