Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing 2018

Keynote speakers are:

June 26, Nancy Steineke, author of “Assessment Live!”; “Reading and Writing Together”; “Best Practice & Comprehension and Collaboration”.  Co-Author with Smokey Daniels, “Mini-Lessons for Literature Circles”; “Text & Lessons for Content Area Reading”; “Texts and Lessons for Literature”. Nationally known keynote speaker, workshop presenter, webinar leader, and literacy coach for K-12 teachers;

June 27, Tanny McGregor, author of “Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading”; “Genre Connections: Lessons to Launch Literacy”; “Nonfiction Texts”.  Internationally-known teacher and conference speaker, literacy coach, gifted intervention specialist and serves as a teacher on special assignment for West Clermont Schools in Cincinnati, OH.

June 28, Dr. Wendy McCarty, author of “Do You Have a Story to Tell?”; “My Hero! Jose Sanchez”.   Doctorate of Education, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.  Presenter, Professional Development Advisor, Curriculum and Learning Environment.

Speakers will  present different approaches to becoming published, the process of independent publishing; getting ideas, editing, illustrating, finding a publisher, & marketing; what to expect for sales, and questions and answers.  Dr. McCarty encourages each participant who is in the process of writing a work for publication or wants to write a work for publication to bring a draft of his or her work.

Conference Schedule

Monday, June 25, 2018                                                                                   

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.                Registration—Bayview Room


Tuesday, June 26, 2018                  

7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                Registration/Exhibits

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.              Keynote Address— Nancy Steineke 

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.            Concurrent Sessions

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.              Luncheon

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                Writing Workshop— Nancy Steineke                   


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.                Registration/Exhibits

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.              Keynote Address— Tanny McGregor

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.            Concurrent Sessions

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                Writing Workshop— Tanny McGregor


Thursday, June 28, 2018

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.              Registration/Exhibits

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.              Keynote Address— Dr. Wendy McCarty

10:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m.             Writing Workshop— Dr. Wendy McCarty

If you would like to attend, please complete the attached flier for the Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing.  Also, please forward the flier to teachers/administrators from your school district who would be interested in attending this conference.  The call for presentations for the Conference is attached if you are interested in presenting a concurrent session at the conference.  The concurrent sessions are approximately 50 minutes long, or there is the possibility of presenting a double 2-hour session on June 27.  In addition, attached is the Housing Request Form for you to reserve your hotel room.  The room block frequently sells out, so make your room reservations as soon as possible!  Arrangements for lodging (special conference rate of $165 [Bayside reg rm] $205 [Bayside 1 bdrm] $215 [Luau studio] $245 [Luau 1 bdrm] + tax for up to four persons) should be made directly with the Sandestin Group Reservations Office at 800-320-8115 before May 25, 2018To receive this special rate, please mention Group Code: 23U9T9.


  1. 2018 GCC Flier – Early Bird Registration is $120 until May 12; regular registration is $145 between May 13 and June 12.  After June 12, all Registrations are $165.
  2. 2018 Housing Request Form– Don’t forget to reserve your room early!  Our room block deadline is May 25, 2018.
  3. 2018 Call for Presentations Form – Are you or any of the teachers in your school system interested in presenting a concurrent session?

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