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Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium

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Caldwell Community College hosts an annual Writers Symposium as cultural enrichment for students and the community. Each semester, developmental English and reading classes, along with many composition and literature classes, read a common novel or work of nonfiction. In the spring semester, we invite the author to campus for our Writers Symposium, culminating a valuable learning experience for students, many of whom have never read a complete novel until that point and have certainly never had an 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 726-2321, or email prash@cccti.edu .

2018 Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium

Writer Wiley Cash

Wiley Cash is the New York Times best selling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind Than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. He currently serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Many of you may remember Cash also visited our campus in 2013 when his first novel, A Land More Kind Than Home, was our featured Writers Symposium selection.

In The Last Ballad, Cash blends fact and fiction to examine a 1929 Gaston County mill strike. The novel, in addition to being a page-turning read, provides an examination of issues of labor, business, gender, and race, raising issues that are still highly relevant today. This work highlights Ella May Wiggins, one of the union organizers, as she struggles to take care of her family, decides to fight for change, and inadvertently becomes a symbol for the cause.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, 3/15/2018
Reading/Discussion
12:00 pm
Watauga Campus W372-112
Thursday, 3/15/2018
Reading/Discussion
7:00 pm
J.E. Broyhill Civic Center
Friday, 3/16/2018
Reading/Discussion
12:00pm
Caldwell Campus Gym

All events are free and open to the public.

Author List by Date

1988- 1989
Maya Angelou
1989-1990
Wilma Dykeman
Jim Wayne Miller
1990-1991
Clyde Edgerton
Doris Betts
1991-1992
Ernest Gaines
Nikki Giovanni
1992-1993
Michael McFee
Robert Morgan
1993-1994
Gurney Norman
Ray Hicks
1994-1995
Alan Shapiro
Maureen Ryan Griffin
1995-1996
Fred Chappell
Jeff Daniel Marion
1996-1997
Donald Secreast
Kaye Gibbons
1997-1998
Bob Inman
Denise Giardina
1998-1999
Margaret Maron
Sharyn McCrumb
1999-2000
Billie Letts
2000-2001
Octavia Butler
Mary Doria Russell
2001-2002
Judith Ortiz Cofer
2002-2003
Donald Davis
Tony Peacock
2003-2004
Mark Mathabane
2004-2005
Billie Letts
2005-2006
Ron Rash
2006-2007
Timothy B. Tyson
2007-2008
Sharyn McCrumb
Dori Sanders
2008-2009
Clyde Edgerton
2009-2010
Ron Rash
2010-2011
Cathy Smith Bowers
Kathryn Stripling Byer
2011-2012
Silas House
2012-2013
Wiley Cash

2013-2014
Denise Kiernan
2014-2015
Jay Erskine Leutze
2015-2016
Conor Grennan
2016-2017
Susan Gregg Gilmore

2017-2018
Wiley Cash

   

 
 
 
 
 
 

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