OSWEGO – The 2016 Oswego Writing Institute, co-sponsored by the SUNY Oswego School of Education, Team Sheldon, and the Fulton City School District, August 16-17, will benefit the Literacy Coalition of Oswego County, said Mike Egan, president of the LCOC Leadership Council. There is no charge to attend the two-day event, but all donations will benefit LCOC.
The Institute will be at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day and feature keynote presentations by authors Carole Boston Weatherford and Gary D. Schmidt.
Weatherford speaks from 8 to 9 a.m. on August 16 and Schmidt speaks from 8 to 9 a.m. on August 17.
Weatherford is a two-time Caldecott Honor Winner for “Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom,” and “Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.”
According to her website: “Carole received the Ragan-Rubin Award from North Carolina English Teachers Association and the North Carolina Literature Award, among the state’s highest civilian honors. She holds an M.A. in publications design from University of Baltimore and an M.F.A. in creative writing from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is a Professor of English at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.”
Schmidt is a two-time Newbery Honor winning author and National Book Award Finalist.
Among his most popular works are “The Wednesday Wars,” and his latest work, “Orbiting Jupiter.”
Schmidt is a professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
According to his website: “He lives with his family on a 150-year-old farm in Alto, Michigan, where he splits wood, plants gardens, writes, and feeds the wild cats that drop by.”
The LCOC is a growing coalition of more than 36 local organizations. These organizations work together to address the literacy needs of people of all ages.
In Oswego County, close to 17,000 adults cannot read above a fifth grade reading level.
An estimated 40 to 44 million adults in the United States demonstrate skills in the lowest level of prose, document, and quantitative proficiencies. Many are unable to total an entry on a deposit slip, locate the time and place on a meeting form, or identify a piece of specific information in a brief news article (ProLiteracy Worldwide).
For more information about The Literacy Coalition of Oswego County, visit www.oswegocounty.com and click on the literacy coalition link, or visit them on Facebook.