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"To find a delightful writer is a treat;  to find an excellent teacher is a treasure.  But to find both a capable writer and an inspiring teacher in one person is indeed rare!  I have been blessed to find this exceptional combination in Belinda Anderson.  She's been a part of my life for four years and I am the richer for it."

  --Genevieve Sowards Gillen

"If I had read 100 writing manuals, I would still not have the knowledge that I have gleaned from you being my teacher."

  -- Janet Lilly

April 11-April 25
, 2025

New River Community and Technical College 

Aspiring and practicing writers of children’s fiction are invited to participate in a fun and informative three-week class beginning Thursday, April 11, via an audio conference call through New River Community and Technical College.

“Some of the best and most entertaining reading material today is children’s fiction,” Anderson said. “It’s a joy to write and your audience is enthusiastically responsive. I’ve never had an adult stand up after a presentation I made and yell, ‘Group hug!’ But that happened to me with a child who did just that in an elementary classroom.”

The class will be conducted through one-hour conference calls that include lecture, with time for questions and participant sharing, and group e-mail follow-up as needed. Students can attend the class with an internet conference call connection or by phone. No high-speed internet is required.

Anderson’s workshop will include traits and interests of the children’s novel  reader and entertaining snippets from some of the best books in the genre, as well as tips and tools on writing for children and opportunities to write. The workshop is designed both for writers who would like to develop new ideas or hone their skills for current projects.

Anderson’s books include a fantasy novel for children, Jackson vs. Witchy Wanda. Read Aloud West Virginia chose to include her book for its recently published Read around West Virginia map, which features such authors as Pearl S. Buck and Booker T. Washington. “This is the kind of story young readers will devour in one swift gulp … Its characters are unusual and well developed,” wrote reviewer Phyllis Wilson Moore.

Anderson has served as a judge of writing by children for both West Virginia Writers, Inc., and the West Virginia Library Commission. Learn more about Belinda and her work at

The cost for the class is $95. The registration deadline is March 19. Participants will be emailed the conference call number and access codes after registering for the class.

Visit for information on upcoming classes or register for the course or contact Gloria Kincaid (304-793-6101,