More March Madness at New River CTC Writing Workshop with Belinda Anderson

Author Belinda Anderson is offering a new writing workshop at New River Community and Technical College, “More March Madness: Chasing Characters.” The three-week conference call workshop starts March 2, 2022.

Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, how you portray your characters is crucial to success. Learn to hone that skill through Anderson’s newest workshop.

Anderson introduced the concept last year as “March Madness: Down the Rabbit Hole in Pursuit of Elusive Characters.”

“There is always more to explore in terms of character development, character in motion and character in setting,” Anderson said. For those who attended the first March Madness class, the workshop is designed with new material that also provides a comprehensive approach for new students.

“More March Madness: Chasing Characters” meets at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through an audio-only conference call. The three-week class can be accessed either through an internet conference call connection or by landline telephone – high-speed internet is not required. The hour-long conference calls will include lecture, with time for questions and participant sharing, and group e-mail follow-up. The workshop is open both to new and experienced writers of both fiction and nonfiction.

Reviewers have commented on Anderson’s memorable characterization.  West Virginia’s Poet Laureate Marc Harshman wrote of her book, “Buckle Up, Buttercup,” saying, “In this novel-in-stories, her third major publication, Belinda Anderson offers an attractive panoply of characters rich with nuance and diversity.”

Anderson, who has a reporting background and writes nonfiction as well, also is dedicated to helping writers who want to write about the lives of others. “It’s important to convey those people as fully dimensional, just as you need to help readers picture a fictional character,” she said.

Tuition for the class is $75. The registration deadline is Feb. 16. 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,

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New River CTC’s Workforce Education Division provides community education classes and employable educational opportunities including noncredit courses, workforce development programs and customized training.