Our Outreach

The Wilma Dykeman Legacy & Literature Workshop: Spring 2018            

Cultivating, promoting, and developing literacy in Appalachia is our central ethos. As such, part of our efforts will be dedicated to workshops for educators and students in the Western North Carolina Appalachian region, bringing together both teachers and students (home schooled) to experience how literature and writing can be a pathway to discovery and inspiring the imagination.      

James Stokely, son of Wilma Dykeman (Stokely), and President of The Wilma Dykeman Legacy organization, will speak on his mother's life and legacy. Award-winning novelist Amy Greene will discuss the craft of Wilma Dykeman's writing at the workshops, held at Laughing Heart Lodge in Hot Springs, NC.  Working materials and content will be provided for educators. The workshops will feature a reading, open to the public.    

As part of the project, student interns from UNCA's English department will be assisting in logistics, helping to prepare materials, reviewing curriculum, and facilitating the overall workshop experience.

Wilma Dykeman was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from UNCA, and we are pleased to further this relationship.

While Wilma Dykeman is best known as an author and educator, she was perhaps most importantly a woman of extraordinary vision, much ahead of her time, with a keen sense of her place in the world.  Ms. Dykeman's legacy (see www.wilmadykemanlegacy.org) continues today through the work of her son, James Dykeman, President of The Wilma Dykeman Legacy organization.   

Through literary works like Tall Woman, The French Broad and Neither Black Nor White, Ms. Dykeman used her Appalachian roots to share her vision and her values: social justice, environmental integrity, and life long education. 

Ms. Dykeman's presence in Appalachia (when others were leaving for literary careers in larger cities), weaving East Tennessee and Western North Carolina together, inspires our effort to continue her work of education through literacy.


To donate to the Laughing Heart Literary Project, click here:https://www.gofundme.com/laughing-heart-literary-project