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Colleen Anderson

Songwriter Colleen Anderson

     Colleen Anderson is a freelance writer, performer, and owner of Mother Wit Writing and Design, a creative studio in Charleston, WV.  Her stories take the form of original songs and personal essays. Anderson’s short essays for West Virginia Public Radio have won awards in two national competitions. Her songs have been featured on Mountain Stage and The Folk Sampler, and she has produced two collections of original songs, Fabulous Realities and Going Over Home. With Julie Adams and Karen Vuranch, she also performs in POTLUCK, a show of songs and stories about the rich connections between food and community.


     Colleen has also written reviews, travel articles, and feature articles for Mid-Atlantic Country, West Virginia Quarterly, Goldenseal, and The Charleston Gazette, and has for 10 years written editorial copy for West Virginia’s official vacation guide. Her short stories have appeared in Redbook, The Available Press/PEN Short Story Collection, Kestrel, Antietam Review, and others. Two stories were nominated for the Pushcart Prize, her collection “Windfall” won first place in the 1996 WV Writers annual competition, and her poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines. She has won two $3,500 Literature Fellowships from the WV Commission on the Arts and a residency fellowship from the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of Taos, New Mexico.


      Colleen has conducted hundreds of creative writing workshops for students and adults in West Virginia and other states.


Contact Colleen Anderson:

P.O. Box 525

Charleston, WV 25322



For more information on Colleen Anderson's storytelling:


Mother Wit Writing and Design