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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

October 20-November 3
, 2023

New River Community and Technical College 

A new nonfiction writing course is being offered by author Belinda Anderson through New River Community and Technical College. “Writing Effective Essays” begins Oct. 20.

“A lot of folks think of essays strictly as school projects, but it’s a much broader writing form,” Anderson said. “If you write a reflection of a personal experience that readers can relate to, that’s an essay. If you share your perspective through a blog, that is in essence an essay.

“Essays can be humorous or dramatic,” she added. “They have the power to touch and persuade readers.”

Anderson gave as an example the dramatic impact of the “I Have a Dream speech” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., quoting this excerpt: “I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight …”

Anderson added, “Essays can inject humor into situations.” Here’s the beginning of an essay by author Bailey White about the trying process of replacing a beloved vehicle: “It really makes you feel your age when you get a letter from your insurance agent telling you that the car you bought, slightly used, the year you got out of college, is now an antique.”

This class is designed both for beginners and more experienced writers. “Essay writing is an act of discovery, both for you and your readers,” Anderson said.

“Writing Effective Essays” will meet for three weeks for an hour at 10 a.m. Fridays.

The convenient audio-only class can be accessed by cell phone, landline telephone or  an internet conference call connection – high-speed internet is not required. The conference calls will provide time for questions and participant sharing, with group e-mail follow-up as needed.

Anderson, the author of four books, was named a Master Artist by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History in guiding emerging writers. She works with individuals on manuscript feedback as well as teaching groups. Her essays have been included in several anthologies, and she has been a guest blogger on writing-related web sites.

Tuition for the class is $95. The registration deadline is Oct. 5. 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,

September 21-October 5

New River Community and Technical College

"Writing Poetry: Sketching with Words" is designed to unlock the power of poetic expression and guide participants through the art of crafting verses that resonate. Led by instructor Belinda Anderson, this workshop provides a nurturing environment for both beginners and experienced writers to delve into the creative process of composing poetry.

The workshop encourages participants to experiment with language, imagery, and emotion to create their own unique poetic sketches. Whether you're an aspiring poet or someone curious about exploring a new form of self-expression, this workshop offers a platform to develop your writing skills and engage with the beauty of words.

Expressing oneself through poetry can be a deeply fulfilling experience, allowing thoughts and emotions to take shape in a captivating manner. "Writing Poetry: Sketching with Words" provides the opportunity to:

Learn from an Expert: Belinda Anderson, a seasoned writer and instructor, brings a wealth of knowledge to guide participants in their creative journey.

Unlock Creativity: Discover techniques to express ideas, emotions, and perspectives in poetic form.

Connect with Others: Join a community of individuals who share a passion for poetry and creative writing.
Nurture Self-Expression: Explore the power of words and develop your unique voice as a poet.

Registration and Contact: Secure your spot in the "Writing Poetry: Sketching with Words" workshop by preregistering before September 7. For further details and registration, please contact Gloria Kincaid at 304-793-6101 or via email at