Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute annually hosts the Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium. Each academic year, the community is invited to read a common novel or work of nonfiction along with students enrolled in English, humanities, and social science classes. This common reading experience climaxes with multiple personal appearances by the writer of this work on both campuses. For over thirty years, this event has provided a valuable learning experience for students along with a unique opportunity to meet a published author.
The Writers Symposium is a significant event for Caldwell County because it provides the citizens of Caldwell, Watauga, and surrounding counties the opportunity to hear writers discuss their own writing process relative to their published works, as well as to hear literary scholars discuss the significance of those works. Each symposium draws a core group of readers from the area and involves people who would not otherwise participate in such a cultural event.
Support for the Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium is provided by the Foundation of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute.
For more information on CCC&TI’s Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium, call Katie Hoover at 828.726.2327, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Writers Symposium committee is pleased to announce our 34th annual Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium, this year featuring award winning author, Ron Rash: “Mountains and Memory: A Reading by Ron Rash”.
We are fortunate to have Rash returning to our campus after well-received visits in 2006 and 2010. He has been busy writing since his last visit to CCC&TI, and will discuss writing in and about the North Carolina Mountains.
Drawing inspiration from life in the Appalachian Mountains, both in the past and present, Rash has authored multiple prizewinning and bestselling novels including Serena, Above the Waterfall, The Cove, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight. He has won numerous awards and has twice been a PEN/Faulkner finalist. His short story collection, Burning Bright, won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He has received the O. Henry Prize twice and is a professor of Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University. The Savannah Morning News has written that in “every Rash book, the reader is treated to countless moments of stunning illumination on the human condition.” More information is available at the author’s website: https://www.ronrashwriter.com/
Rash will speak on Thursday, March 30, at 7:00 pm in room 200 of the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center.
Our LRC will be providing a libguide soon. We will also be offering book clubs on Rash’s novels, and presentations on the topic of the North Carolina Mountains. More information will be forthcoming.
Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium!
Ron Rash will be speaking.
J.E. Broyhill Civic Center - Room 200
Photo by Mindy Friddle
All events are free and open to the public.
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