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
-- Janet Lilly
WORKSHOP (AUDIO WORKSHOP SERIES)
October 20-November 3, 2023 New
A new nonfiction writing course is being offered by author
Belinda Anderson through New River Community and
Technical College. “Writing Effective Essays” begins
“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
“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
Visit www.newriver.edu/community for information on
upcoming classes or register for the course or contact
Gloria Kincaid (304-793-6101, firstname.lastname@example.org).
POETRY: SKETCHING WITH WORDS"
(AUDIO WORKSHOP SERIES)
September 21-October 5 New
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.
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.
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.
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.
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