Teachers from across the state gathered at Glenville State College for a reading workshop.
The ninth grade teachers were exchanging lesson plans and looking at books written about the state, or written by West Virginians.
The workshop was facilitated by staff and professors in the Language and Literature Department.
They want students to know the state is home to many creative people who can prove to their students that it is more than its stereotypes.
"Sometimes we buy the story that we're not intelligent, we're not creative, we're just hillbillies, and that's just not true. And I think it helps if our students see West Virginians who have done things other than what we expect to hear," said Dr. Marjorie Stewart, Assistant Professor of English at Glenville State College.
Teachers also shared their own strategies for teaching the language with each other.
When the workshop is complete, teachers will have units on those books and authors that they can take back to their classrooms and use in the upcoming year.
Stewart said the opportunity for teachers to meet others in their same field is very valuable in West Virginia where many teachers may not cross paths with fellow teachers very often.