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WV writers pay tribute to Pearl S. Buck

- May 22, 2009

(Hillsboro) Some of West Virginia’s most well-know writers gather in Hillsboro
June 25 – 27 to celebrate the life of Pearl S. Buck.   Edwina Pendarvis, Christina St. Clair, Belinda Anderson, Cat Pleska, Pam Pritt as well as West Virginia’s most famous “Liar”, Bill Lepp, will all be presenters for the Second Annual Pearl S. Buck International Writers’ Workshop on the grounds of the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace and “Cliffside” the restored home of Dr. Wallace who delivered Pearl.  Events will begin with registration and Meet and Greet Session on Thursday at noon.  Participants will tour Pearl S. Buck’s Birthplace before beginning the workshop. 

Ruth Taylor, Chairperson of the workshop explained “WV was Pearl’s birthplace and many of her books, even those she wrote while in China, make mention of places in Pocahontas County.  Her writings and humanitarian spirit still have a profound effect on authors and storytellers all over the world.” 

Pam Pritt, Editor of the weekly Pocahontas Times will conduct the first session on writing your story, how to get published, legal issues, and editing.  The evening speaker is Cat Pleska, essayist for WV Public Radio and a freelance writer, editor and teacher. Pleska has a BA in English from WV State College and an MA in Humanities from Marshal University. 

Belinda Anderson joins the festivities on Friday morning.   Anderson holds a bachelor's degree in news-editorial journalism and a master's of liberal arts studies.  She's written for such publications as The West Virginia Encyclopedia, Goldenseal, Wonderful West Virginia, Book Page and Writers' Journal, among others. Belinda’s session will connect the “stitches” in the patchwork of Pearl’s writing that relate to her roots in West Virginia.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Edwina “Eddy” Pendarvis and co-author Christina St. Clair connect the Patchwork of Pearl’s Life and Works on the International/China level. Pendarvis is Professor of Education, at Marshall University and has a list of credentials too long to list.  She is best known for her collection of poetry Like the Mountains of China, and Joy Ride in Human Landscapes. She wrote Raft Tide and Railroad as well as edited Appalachian Love Stories and has co-authored numerous books.   

Bill Lepp joins the group to teach us to tell a lie – a good one that is.  Bill Lepp is a nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. Workshop participants will attend an old fashioned barbeque with music by Trista Rexrode in the evening and have free time to attend the final concert of Allegheny Echoes at the Pocahontas Co. Opera House.

Workshop registration is $75.00 and covers all meals, entertainment and tours.
To register contact Ruth Taylor, director at littlelevelsheritagefair@yahoo.com or call 304.653.8563 for additional information and to register for the workshop.  Make checks payable to Little Levels Heritage Fair and mail to HC 64 Box 423, Hillsboro, WV 24946

For names and phone numbers of cabins, bed breakfasts or motels in the area, contact Pocahontas Co. Convention and Visitors Bureau at pocahontascountywv.com or

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