2nd Annual Coastal North Carolina Writing Conference

UNCW invites you to attend our 2nd Annual Writing Conference at the Watson College of Education, UNCW in Wilmington, NC, Saturday - Monday, June 21-23 2014.


Saturday ‐Monday, June 21‐23, 2014
Watson College of Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

Co-Sponsored by: 


Registration Fee is $130 with discounts for teams of teachers or for teachers who have mentored a UNCW intern during 2013-2014. Registration will begin March 29. Fill out the registration form here >

Three Strands

Composing in Different
Genre, Media &

Writing as a Tool for
Thinking, Researching
as a Tool for Writing

Writing and Its
Relationship to
Reading and Talking


Dr. Debbie Powell, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy
E-mail:  powelld@uncw.edu
Phone: 910-962-3175
Fax:     910-962-3988

Keynote Speakers

Jerome Haste

Jerome Harste

Distinguished Professor of Education, Indiana University

Dr. Jerome Harste is a world-renowned author, researcher and artist. Author of: The Authoring Cycle, Creating Classrooms for Authors: The Reading-Writing Connection; Beyond Reading and Writing: Inquiry, Curriculum, and Multiple Ways of Knowing; Creating Classrooms for Authors and Inquirers; Language Stories and Literacy Lessons; Negotiating Critical Literacies with Teachers: Theoretical Foundations and Pedagogical Resources for Pre-Service and In-Service Contexts; Critical Thinking and Writing: Reclaiming the Essay; and 3 children’s books: It Didn't Frighten Me!, A Horse, Of Course!, and My Icky Picky Sister

Lorraine Wilson

Lorraine Wilson

Literacy Consultant, Melbourne, Australia

Lorraine Wilson is an inspirational speaker on literacy issues and is in demand around Australia and the United States. Author of: Teaching Phonics In Context; Writing to Live: How to Teach Writing for Today’s World; Reading to Live: How to Teach Reading for Today’s World; Write Me a Sign; About City Kids; You Can’t Make a Book in a Day; Getting Started: Resources for 1st Year Primary Teachers; Write Me a Poem; and An Integrated Approach to Learning and numerous children’s books.

Brian Hand

Brian Hand

Professor in the College of Education at The University of Iowa

Brian's research focuses on two major areas: how we can use language as a learning tool to improve students' understanding of science and the development of scientific arguments.


Chuck Jurich

Assistant Professor of Elementary, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Specializes in visual literacies and new literacies.

Mills and O'Keefe

Dr. Heidi Mills & Tim O'Keefe

Dr. Heidi Mills is an endowed professor in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education at the University of South Carolina and the Curriculum and Development Specialist at the Center for Inquiry, a public magnet school that she helped establish.

Tim O’Keefe is a teacher of grades 2-3 and founder at the Center for Inquiry. You may recognize Tim as one of the outstanding teachers featured in Anneburg Media professional development videos on language arts.

This husband/wife team has been selected by NCTE as the 2014 Outstanding Educators. Their new book is, Learning for Real: Teaching Content and Literacy Across the Curriculum


Certificates for CEU Credit will be awarded to attendees for approval by your school district. 

If you are interested in enrolling for Graduate Credit, EDN 595 Writing and the Common Core is a three-hour course that can be applied to most graduate programs as an elective.  If you are not currently enrolled in a UNCW graduate program and are interested in enrolling in this course (Conference attendance followed by 4 online modules), please contact Dr. Debbie Powell, powelld@uncw.edu, for more details.  You must apply as “non-degree seeking” to the UNCW graduate school before the May 15th deadline.  Information for the graduate school application is attached at the end of the registration form.  Note that after acceptance, you will need to register for the course and pay the in-state or out-of-state tuition to UNCW, but we will refund the conference fee.

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