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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 .

2017 Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium

Writer Susan Gregg Gilmore

Susan Gregg Gilmore was born in Nashville, Tenn. and began her writing career at the University of Virginia as a reporter for the school’s award-winning newspaper, The Cavalier Daily. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in History at the University of Virginia and went on to earn her Master of Arts in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Over the course of her career, she has worked for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and the Chattanooga News-Free Press. While on staff at the Free Press, Gregg Gilmore wrote a weekly column about parenting in the South.

Her debut novel, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen was a USA TODAY bestseller and Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) 2009 Book Award Nominee. Gregg Gilmore’s second novel, The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove was named a 2010 SIBA Summer OKRA Pick and selected as part of Target’s Emerging Author Program. Her most recent work, The Funeral Dress, was called “a revelatory novel that offers an evocative account of the lives of Appalachian working women” by Kirkus Reviews and was selected for Target’s Emerging Author Program as well as named a Target Recommended Read. Susan Gregg Gilmore currently lives in Chattanooga, Tenn. with her family and two dogs.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Reading/Discussion
12:00 pm
Watauga Campus W372-112
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Reading/Discussion
7:00 pm
J.E. Broyhill Civic Center
Friday, March 31, 2017
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

     

 
 
 
 
 
 

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