PULLMAN, Wash. — Native American women from several Northwest tribes are participating in a professional writing workshop through Thursday on the Washington State University campus.

The workshop is designed to strengthen understanding of professional and technical communication.

“The workshop provides an opportunity for Native American women to develop technical writing skills that will be useful for continuing education as well as contributing to the tribal communities they serve,” said Barbara Aston, assistant to the provost and a workshop coordinator.

Participants will be encouraged to continue their own educational goals and to return to tribal communities to encourage other members to continue their education. During the workshop, the women also will collect information about scholarships available at WSU for Native Americans.

The workshop is funded through the Eva Feryl Peterson Fellowship for Native American Women, the Creighton Family Endowment and the Plateau Native American Scholarship Fund, said Victor Villanueva, English department chair and a workshop coordinator.

It will be taught by WSU Department of English creative writing faculty member Peter Chilson and two graduate students: Rita Jones and Becky Waggenblast.