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Summer Literacy Institute - 2011

Banquet Speaker: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Vaunda M. Nelson

Photo by Drew Nelson

Nelson is the author of

  • Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal (Carolrhoda Books 2009)
  • Who Will I Be, Lord? (Random House 2009)
  • Almost to Freedom (Carolrhoda Books 2003)
  • Ready? Set. Raymond!(Random House 2002)
  • Beyond Mayfield (G. P. Putnam's Sons 1999)
  • Possibles (Putnam 1995)
  • Mayfield Crossing (Putnam 1993)
  • Always Gramma (Putnam 1988).

She co-authored Juneteenth (Millbrook 2006) with her husband, Drew.

Vaunda Nelson's Biography


Friday Author Panel & Author Sessions

Our featured authors will share their journeys as writers on Friday through a panel discussion followed by breakout sessions.

Francis Wood
Kimberly Norman
Floyd Cooper
Gigi Amateau
Lynne Farrell Stover
Biographical information.



Registration Is Open!!! Reserve Your Space
Register before June 20 to receive a free banquet ticket!!


Your registration fee of 190.00 includes

  • Two workshops with Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  • Author panel & sessions with 5 authors
  • Four 60-minute breakout sessions
  • CD w/ ALL session bibliographies/handouts
  • Continental breakfast on both days
  • Full lunch buffet on both days
  • Door prizes
  • Vendors
  • Loads of fun


Early Bird Registrants (June 20) receive a FREE ticket to the Thursday evening Banquet with our featured author!

Would you like to attend the Banquet only? Tickets: $40.00
Banquet ONLY registration form (doc)

Housing-Stay On Our Beautiful Campus

Information and a registration form for on-campus housing can be found at http://www.longwood.edu/scheduling/.
Rooms are available on campus from $32/night (min. 2 night stay)

There are also several local hotels and the Longwood Bed & Breakfast available for your stay.


Looking for 3 Graduate Credits?

EDUC595/EDSL595:  The Power of Literacy

This course will be offered in conjunction with the Institute.  Effective communication is the primary goal of literacy.  This course will explore how reading and writing are integrally and substantially supported by speaking, listening, and viewing in a complete literacy environment. 

Major topics addressed will include a study of authors, how they write, and what makes their writing "work."  Participants will explore the power of literacy. 

For more information contact the instructors, Dr. Jeannine Perry perryjr@longwood.edu and Dr. Audrey Church churchap@longwood.edu

Course registration will be open until June 22, 2011.

You will need to pay Longwood's online graduate level tuition and fees for this three-credit course.


To register, please complete both forms below and fax to the Longwood University Registrar's office.  Please email vaughanjc@longwood.edu to confirm that you have faxed your forms.