Writing Your Peace Corps Story (Fiction or Non-Fiction)
A workshop presented at the Peace Corps 41st Anniversary Conference

Saturday, June 22, 11:00am–12 noon     Room: Governor's

Workshops presented by Peace Corps Writers at the 41st Conference:

ePublishing & Self Publishing

The Peace Corps Novel as Literature

Poetry from the PC Experience

Publishing Translations

Travel Now, Write Later

Write a Novel in 101 Days

Write! Edit! Publish!

Writing about the Environment

Writing Children's Books

Writing Your Peace Corps Story

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?
Kathy Karlson (Togo 1969–71) received an NEA grant for fiction writing in 1998.
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.

Jason Carter (South Africa 1998-2000) is the author of Power Lines: Two Years on South Africa’s Border.

Peter Hessler (China 1996–98) published River Town, the much lauded book about his Peace Corps experience, in 2000. He lives in Beijing.

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.

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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