[caption id="attachment_28797" align="alignleft" width="250"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/07\/Eliot-writers-workshop.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-28797" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/07\/Eliot-writers-workshop.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="250" \/><\/a> (Photo courtesy of Lewisburg Literary Festival)<br \/>Huntington writer Eliot Parker[\/caption]\r\n\r\nThe Lewisburg Literary Festival will be offering two free writing workshops as part of its Saturday schedule this year. All workshops will be held in the Greenbrier County CVB\u2019s Rahall Room.\r\n\r\nOn Saturday, Aug. 5, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., Huntington writer Eliot Parker will offer a workshop entitled \u201cAmp Up the Antagonists.\u201d Writers often spend more time fleshing out their protagonist, but it is the antagonist - the enemy - who helps define the hero. Some of the more terrifying of literary antagonists are those who appear the most human - ones the reader might secretly cheer for. In this workshop, participants will learn six techniques and principles to make their antagonist(s) relatable and multi-dimensional in addition to being a memorable force and obstacle for the protagonist. Parker is the author of three novels: Breakdown at Clear River (Mid-Atlantic Highlands Press), Making Arrangements (Sunstone Press), and\u00a0 Fragile Brilliance (Roundfire Books), a 2016 finalist for the Lords of Discipline Thriller Prize. He is also a teacher consultant with the National Writing Project and his a certified online course reviewer for Quality Matters.\r\n\r\n[caption id="attachment_28798" align="alignright" width="243"]<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/07\/Photo-Mesha-Maren-writers-workshop.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-28798" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/07\/Photo-Mesha-Maren-writers-workshop.jpg" alt="" width="243" height="366" \/><\/a> (Photo courtesy of Lewisburg Literary Festival)<br \/>Alderson writer Mesha Maren[\/caption]\r\n\r\nThen, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Alderson-based writer Mesha Maren is teaching \u201cWrite More Now.\u201d This workshop will focus on exercises aimed at creating new, unexpected work. Maren will explore constraint-based writing techniques that will help writers surprise themselves with their\u00a0 writing, avenues toward that white-hot flame of risk that resides at the center of all great writing. Maren\u2019s short stories and essays appear in Tin House, The Oxford American, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, Forty Stories: New Writing from Harper Perennial and other literary journals. She was chosen by Lee Smith as winner of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and is the recipient of a 2014 Elizabeth George Foundation Grant. She currently teaches fiction for the MFA program at West Virginia Wesleyan College.\u00a0 Her debut novel, Sugar Run, is forthcoming from Algonquin Books in 2018.\r\n\r\nNow in its sixth year, the Lewisburg Literary Festival is a two-day celebration of books, writers and the arts, focusing on promoting reading and literacy. All events are underwritten by local sponsors. This year\u2019s festival will take place from Aug. 3\u20135.\r\n\r\nWorkshops at the Lewisburg Literary Festival are free and open to the public. Space can be reserved by calling 888-716-5082 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.