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Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium

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 Katie Hoover at 828.726.2327, or email kehoover@cccti.edu.

2022-2023 Laurette LePrevost Writers Symposium

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!

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Ron Rash will be speaking.
J. E. Broyhill Civic Center – Room 200

All events are free and open to the public.

Ron Rash

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Author List by Date

1988 – 1989
Maya Angelou
1998-1999
Margaret Maron
Sharyn McCrumb
2008-2009
Clyde Edgerton
2018-2019
Doc Hendley
1989-1990
Wilma Dykeman
Jim Wayne Miller
1999-2000
Billie Letts
2009-2010
Ron Rash
2019-2020
Gene Nichol
1990-1991
Clyde Edgerton
Doris Betts
2000-2001
Octavia Butler
Mary Doria Russell
2010-2011
Cathy Smith Bowers
Kathryn Stripling Byer
2020-2021
William Sturkey
1991-1992
Ernest Gaines
Nikki Giovanni
2001-2002
Judith Ortiz Cofer
2011-2012
Silas House
2022-2023
Ron Rash
1992-1993
Michael McFee
Robert Morgan
2002-2003
Donald Davis
Tony Peacock
2012-2013
Wiley Cash
1993-1994
Gurney Norman
Ray Hicks
2003-2004
Mark Mathabane
2013-2014
Denise Kiernan
1994-1995
Alan Shapiro
Maureen Ryan Griffin
2004-2005
Billie Letts
2014-2015
Jay Erskine Leutze
1995-1996
Fred Chappell
Jeff Daniel Marion
2005-2006
Ron Rash
2015-2016
Conor Grennan
1996-1997
Donald Secreast
Kaye Gibbons
2006-2007
Timothy B. Tyson
2016-2017
Susan Gregg Gilmore
1997-1998
Bob Inman
Denise Giardina
2007-2008
Sharyn McCrumb
Dori Sanders
2017-2018
Wiley Cash

Contacts

Photo of Kathryn Hoover
Katie Hoover
Instructor
Coordinator
Oral and Written Communications
Arts and Sciences
Office: Caldwell–E–327 Work Phone: 828.726.2327