“The Plot Thickens” writing workshop offered through New River CTC in February 2023

Begin the new year honing your writing skills in a new writing course offered through New River Community and Technical College from author Belinda Anderson, “The Plot Thickens.”

“Readers love trying to figure out what’s happening and what’s about to happen,” Anderson said. “This course focuses on the element of plot in relation to character and setting. Knowing how to compellingly present a course of events is important in both fiction and nonfiction.”

The class is designed both for experienced and beginning writers.

Starting Feb. 9, 2023, “The Plot Thickens” will meet for three weeks on Thursdays at 10 a.m. This is an audio-only conference call course. “Students can play with plots from home, never mind the winter weather,” Anderson said. 

Students can attend the class either by phone or through an internet conference call connection (high-speed internet is not required). Class meetings will include lecture, time for questions and participant sharing, and group e-mail follow-up as needed.

Plot is an important ingredient in Anderson’s own writing, including the nonfiction stories she relates in an ongoing history series commissioned by Alderson Main Street.

Regarding Anderson’s fiction, West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman wrote this about one of her collections of short stories: “Full of humor, under-stated romance, and unexpected suspense, this book has something for everyone.”

Children’s author Anna Egan Smucker reviewed Anderson’s “Jackson vs. Witchy Wanda,” writing saying, “Belinda Anderson has created a middle-grade novel that sizzles with suspense.”

Tuition for the class is $75, and the registration deadline is Jan. 26, 2023. Participants will be emailed the conference call number and access codes after registering and paying for the class.

Visit www.newriver.edu/community for information on upcoming classes or register for the course or contact Gloria Kincaid (304-793-6101, gkincaid@newriver.edu).

Learn more about Anderson and her work online at http://www.BelindaAnderson.com.

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