[Lewisburg, W. Va.] Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author Pearl S. Buck was best known for her writing about China, especially in her beloved novel The Good Earth. But her roots were in the Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia. In November, New River Community and Technical College will offer a writing workshop inspired by Buck's writing about West Virginia.
The workshop, entitled Writing with Pearl, will be taught by noted local author Belinda Anderson and will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 2-4 p.m. at New River's Workforce Education facility in Lewisburg, W. Va.
Pearl Buck was born in Hillsboro, in 1892, but when she was three months old the family returned to China, where her parents were missionaries. She spent much of her life there until 1934, and she never lost her interest in and affection for the Chinese people.
In a memoir she said that she lived in "several worlds," one a "small, white, clean Presbyterian world of my parents," and the other the "big, loving merry not-too-clean Chinese world."
According to Anderson, the workshop "will examine how the seemingly mismatched patches of Pearl Buck's life are part of the tapestry of her creativity. Along the way, you'll be prompted to examine the patchwork pieces of your own life to see how you can use them to weave patterns of your own – as stories, essays, poems or other narrations."
Tuition is $38, and preregistration is required by Nov. 1. For more information or to register, contact the New River Community and Technical College Office of Workforce Education at (304) 793-3001 or (304) 793-6101.