Lutheran Writers Project to hold Writing about War workshop and symposium

Salem, Va. - This month the Lutheran Writers Project will hold its second writers workshop and symposium at Roanoke College. The public workshop and symposium will be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, featuring authors Mark Mustian and Dr. Robert Schultz.

Writing about War is the theme for this year's event. Mustian and Schultz, who also is Roanoke's John P. Fishwick Professor of English, will lead the workshop, which will take place from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Miller Hall, Room 213. The workshop will include writing exercises, discussion and critiques. Participants will read excerpts from their writing and receive responses from the group.

Registration is required, due to limited space, and the cost is $10. This fee is waived for Roanoke College students. To register, email Paul Shepherd at Registration ends Feb. 24.

The free symposium, held at 7:30 p.m. in the Colket Center's Pickle Lounge, will feature a discussion with Schultz and Mustian about the considerations, challenges and opportunities they faced in writing about war. Dr. Michael Hakkenberg, a professor of history at Roanoke, will moderate the discussion.

Mustian's latest novel "The Gendarme" tackles the forced evacuation and massacre of Armenians during World War I. The novel has been an international bestseller, and the New York Times commended the book for the way it treats "the tricks of memory that enable us to carry on with our daily existence; the brash decisions and subsequent regrets of the young (and) the ever present need for forgiveness."

Schultz's "We Were Pirates: A Torpedoman's Pacific War" is a candid and vivid account of the progress of the Pacific War through the eyes of a submariner. The book draws from interviews, crew letters, photographs, captains' reports, historical research and the diary of torpedoman, Robert Hunt.

Roanoke College is the administrative home of the Lutheran Writers Project, which began five years ago. The project works with people who create, read and publish literature with spiritual depth, and it provides resources for writers.

Roanoke College, a classic liberal arts college in Salem, Virginia, combines firsthand learning with valuable personal connections in a beautiful, undergraduate setting. Roanoke is one of just seven percent of colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review lists Roanoke as the 18th most beautiful campus in its "Best 376 Colleges" 2012 guidebook.

Released: February 16, 2012
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