The Herald Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - The 55th edition of The Life Writing Class, led by book editor and author John Patrick Grace, will launch from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Monday Sept. 11, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 11th Street entrance (office) between 5th and 6th avenues. The class will continue for 10 straight Monday evening sessions.

More than 400 people have thus far been through this class, and at least 51 books have been published by LWC alumni over the past 15 years, according to Grace.

Some have won national or regional awards, such as "Father's Troubles" by Carter Taylor Seaton, a finalist for best historical fiction in America in the ForeWord magazine awards, and "Rough Lumber," a memoir by Justine Rutherford, who was named Tamarack's West Virginia author of the year in 2005.

Grace is a former Associated Press reporter, editor and foreign correspondent, a former reporter and columnist for The Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record, and a regular (Tuesdays) editorial page columnist for The Herald-Dispatch.

He is the author or co-author of six nonfiction books and has edited more than 40 books for publishers in Chicago, Boston, Dallas and West Virginia.

Genres attempted by LWC participants include: memoirs, confessionals, collections of true-life short stories, and also novels and fictionalized short stories based on actual life experiences. A few, such as Robin L. Ramey and Carol Masurek, have published books intended for younger readers.

Sessions blend how-to writing tips, in-class writing exercises that include concept development and outlining, guided meditations to facilitate memory retrieval, peer-group critiques, and interventions by guest authors from the Tri-State area.

Enrollment is $185 for new students, $170 for returning students. To enroll or for further information, call 304-617-1292 or email


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