The Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium is hosted annually on both campuses of Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute. 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 Paula Rash at 828.726.2321, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dickson Beattie “Doc” Hendley was a recent N.C. State graduate working as a bartender in Raleigh when he became inspired to do something about the severity of worldwide water shortages. He learned that at least 1 in 6 people worldwide lack access to safe water, and that preventable water-borne illnesses kill far more children (15 million) each year than HIV/AIDs and malaria combined. Using his connections and people skills, his first fundraiser in 2004 raised $6,000. In 2007, Hendley founded Wine to Water, which raises money and provides wells and water purification systems to hundreds of thousands of people in Third-World countries. Hendley spent a year in Darfur to repair, sanitize and build wells, for which he was named a “Top 10 CNN Hero” in 2009.
Today, Wine to Water has helped 338 communities across the world with 984 projects that have given 742,794 people access to clean water. Hendley lives in Boone with his wife and children.
Watauga Campus W372-112
J.E. Broyhill Civic Center
Caldwell Campus Gym
All events are free and open to the public.
1988 - 1989
Jim Wayne Miller
Maureen Ryan Griffin
Jeff Daniel Marion
Mary Doria Russell
Judith Ortiz Cofer
Timothy B. Tyson
Cathy Smith Bowers
Kathryn Stripling Byer
Jay Erskine Leutze
Susan Gregg Gilmore