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Summer Literacy Institute

Longwood Summer Literacy Institute

12th Annual Longwood University
Summer Literacy Institute

Real Life Literacy

July 23-24, 2015

Lester Laminack

Lester L. Laminack is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Birth-Kindergarten, Elementary and Middle Grades Education at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina where he received two awards for excellence in teaching [the Botner Superior Teaching Award and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award].  Lester is now a full-time writer and consultant working with schools throughout the United States. 

His academic publications include several books including Learning with Zachary (Scholastic), Spelling in Use (NCTE), Volunteers Working with Young Readers (NCTE), and his contributions to The Writing Workshop: Working Through the Hard Parts (NCTE), Learning Under the Influence of Language and Literature (Heinemann), Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum (Heinemann), Climb Inside a Poem (Heinemann), Cracking Open the Author’s Craft (Scholastic), Unwrapping the Read Aloud (Scholastic), and BULLYING HURTS: Teaching Kindness Through Read Aloud and Guided Conversations (Heinemann).  Lester is also the author of six children’s books: The Sunsets of Miss Olivia Wiggins, Trevor’s Wiggly-Wobbly Tooth, Saturdays and Tea Cakes, Jake’s 100th Day of School, Snow Day! and Three Hens and a Peacock  (2012 Children’s Choice K-2 Book of the Year Award) all from Peachtree Publishers. His newest book, The Writing Teacher’s Troubleshooting Guide (Heinemann), is now available.

Thursday Evening Banquet Featuring
Sharyn McCrumb

Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains, including the New York Times bestsellers: The Ballad of Tom Dooley, She Walks These Hills, and The Rosewood Casket. Her novel, King’s Mountain (2013, St. Martin’s Press), the story of the 1780 Revolutionary War battle and the Overmountain Men, received a DAR Award. Her current novella Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past highlights Appalachian Christmas traditions.  Sharyn McCrumb’s books are frequently used in One Community/One Book programs, most recently The Ballad of Frankie Silver by the town of Gallatin, TN and Volunteer State College, and The Devil Amongst the Lawyers in Winchester, VA.  A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, with an M.A. from Virginia Tech, she lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge.



Sponsored by the Reading, Literacy, & Learning and School Librarianship Programs
College of Education
and Human Services
College of Graduate
and Professional Studies


SLI Registration

Registration is now available for the 2015 Summer Literacy Institute.  Deadline for Early Bird Registration (which includes a free ticket to the Thursday evening banquet) is Monday, July 6. To access the online Registration page CLICK HERE.

 For additional information about the Summer Literacy Institute, information about the authors, etc., visit Summer Literacy Institute 2015.


Your registration fee of $195 will include the following:

  • Thursday morning workshop with Lester Laminack
  • Thursday evening banquet with Sharyn McCrumb
  • Friday morning panel of regional authors
  • Thursday and Friday concurrent sessions
  • Breakfast and lunch Thursday and Friday, and
  • With early-bird registration, the Thursday evening banquet. 

Schedule for the Institute





Dr. Audrey Church

Frances Reeve

Concurrent Sessions:
Dr. Karla Collins

Dr. Angelica Blanchette

Author Panel:
Dr. Wendy Snow

Dr. Gretchen Braun

Freddie Adcock

SLI 2015 Flyer Image download link