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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Belinda Anderson to teach Monroe Arts Alliance Workshop

(This information provided by WV Writers member and Monroe Arts Alliance representative Genevieve Sowards Gillen)

Have you ever thought about writing a family story? Or have you wanted to save an experience by writing about it? Has anyone ever said to you, "You should write a book!"

Here's your chance for a day of writing facilitated by local author Belinda Anderson. Belinda grew up in Monroe County and is one of today's leading Appalachian writers. Under her direction and guidance, numerous persons have had successful writing experiences. Some have gone on to write and publish books, both fiction and non-fiction. For the first time, the Monroe Arts Alliance has the opportunity to bring Belinda Anderson to Monroe County.

Saturday, September 22, 2007, the Monroe Arts Alliance is sponsoring a one-day workshop, "Intensive Writing," at Genevieve Gillen's Gallery on Swopes Knob, five miles from Union. The long view there oversees the ridges of four West Virginia counties.

Among her published works, Belinda Anderson is the author of The Well Ain’t Dry Yet and The Bingo Cheaters, both set in southern West Virginia. Belinda is a frequent presenter and speaker at conferences, libraries and book festivals. She was awarded special distinction in her promotion of writing here in West Virginia by West Virginia Writers, Inc.

Belinda Anderson conducts numerous writing classes and workshops throughout the state. This MAA workshop is limited to ten persons.

The Monroe Arts Alliance is delighted to make this learning experience in writing available to the public. The Monroe Arts Alliance, Inc., is a non-profit organization committed to community service through the promotion of the arts in Monroe County and the surrounding area. The purpose is exclusively charitable and for the enrichment of the general public.

The workshop begins with continental breakfast at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $40. For further details, contact Genevieve Gillen at 772-3305. Pre-registration is required.