<h1>Aspiring and practicing writers of children\u2019s fiction are invited to participate in a fun and informative workshop by author Belinda Anderson Friday, Apr. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m. at New River Community and Technical College\u2019s campus in Lewisburg.<\/h1>\r\n\u201cSome of the best and most entertaining reading material today is children\u2019s fiction,\u201d Anderson said. \u201cIt\u2019s a joy to write and your audience responds enthusiastically. I still remember the elementary student who stood up and called out, \u2018Group hug!\u2019 after I had made a presentation about one of my books.\u201d\r\n\r\nAnderson is the author of four books. Her three books of short stories have been used in schools at all grade levels. Her most recent book is a fantasy novel for children, \u201cJackson vs. Witchy Wanda.\u201d Author Anna Egan Smucker described the work saying, \u201cAccomplished writer Belinda Anderson has created a middle-grade novel that sizzles with suspense.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe workshop will focus on writing for the middle-grade reader, generally considered to be age 8 to 12, and will include traits and interests of the middle-grade reader, entertaining snippets from some of the best books in the genre, tips and tools on writing for children and opportunities to write. The workshop is designed both for aspiring writers and practicing writers who would like to develop new ideas or hone their skills for current projects.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt will be a fun Friday,\u201d Anderson added.\r\n\r\nAnderson has been recognized for mentoring other writers. She has been named a Master Artist by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History to work with emerging writers through a grant program. She is a past recipient of the West Virginia Writers\u2019 Just Uncommonly Good award, for mentoring and promoting the written word in West Virginia.\r\n\r\nShe also promotes writing by children. She is a Carnegie Classroom presenter. She has served as a judge of writing by children for both West Virginia Writers, Inc., and the West Virginia Library Commission. Last year Anderson was the keynote speaker for the West Virginia Library Commission\u2019s Letters about Literature awards ceremony in Charleston.\r\n\r\nThe cost for the workshop is $38 per student, and pre-registration for the course is required by Apr. 25.\r\n\r\nNew River CTC\u2019s Workforce Education Division provides community education classes and employable educational opportunities including noncredit courses, workforce development programs and customized training.\r\n\r\nFor more information about community education classes at New River CTC or to register contact Gloria Kincaid at 304-793-6101, firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeanne Stone at 304-883-2469, email@example.com. Learn more about Anderson and her work visit http:\/\/www.BelindaAnderson.com.\r\n\r\nNew River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver\/Beckley).