Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center (SEARIC)

Gulf Coast Writing Conference

Please accept our invitation to join us at
the Annual Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing,
June 30 - July 3, 2014, at
the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Destin, Florida!

The Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing
June 30 - July 3, 2014

Linkside Conference Center
Download Map [PDF]

Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort • Destin, Florida

Keynote Speakers  |  Conference Schedule
Concurrent Sessions | Exhibitor InformationRegistration Forms

2014 Call for Presentations

More about the Keynote Speakers

Dr. Troy Hicks

Dr. Troy Hicks is an associate professor of English at Central Michigan University and focuses his work on the teaching of writing, literacy and technology, and teacher education and professional development. A former middle school teacher, he collaborates with K–12 colleagues and explores how they implement newer literacies in their classrooms. Hicks directs CMU’s Chippewa River Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and he frequently conducts professional development workshops related to writing and technology. Also, Hicks is author of the Heinemann titles Crafting Digital Writing (2013) and The Digital Writing Workshop (2009) as well as a co-author of Because Digital Writing Matters (Jossey-Bass, 2010) in addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters. In March 2011, Hicks was honored with CMU's Provost's Award for junior faculty who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in research and creative activity.

Kelly Gallagher

Kelly Gallagher taught high school English for twenty-nine years. In the fall of 2013, Kelly began teaching at the Harlem Village Academies in New York City. He is the former co-director of the South Basin Writing Project at California State University, Long Beach, and the author of Reading Reasons: Motivational Mini-Lessons for the Middle and High School, Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12, Teaching Adolescent Writers and Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It. He is also a contributing author of Writing Coach and Literature (Pearson). Kelly’s latest book is Write Like This. Follow Kelly on Twitter @KellyGToGo, and visit him at

Janiel Wagstaff

Janiel Wagstaff is a national literacy consultant and literacy coach at a K-6 Title I school in Utah. She's been an educator for 24 years and loves her everyday work with teachers and students. Along the way, she's written seven books on literacy teaching for Scholastic, including her latest Quick Start to Writing Workshop Success. Her workshops and writing focus on practical, research-based strategies for boosting all students' literacy abilities while capitalizing on the joys of reading/writing/thinking. You can connect with Janiel on Facebook at 'Janiel's Literacy Page' or follow her blog at


Conference Schedule

Monday, June 30, 2014

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Registration - Bayview Room, Linkside Conference Center Download Map [PDF]

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

7:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Registration/Exhibits - Bayview Room

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Address - Dr. Troy Hicks
"Mixing Sources, Amplifying Voices: Crafting Writing in an Information Age"

10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions A

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Writing Workshop - Dr. Troy Hicks
“Teachers as (Digital) Writers”

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Address - Kelly Gallagher
“Building Writers in the Age of the Common Core Standards”

10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions B

11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions C

12:20 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Writing Workshop - Kelly Gallagher
“Using Models and Mentor Texts to Build Young Writers”

Thursday, July 3, 2014

8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Address - Janiel Wagstaff
"Why Am I Writing This? Capitalizing on Purpose in the Writing Classroom"

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Writing Workshop - Janiel Wagstaff
“Powerful Lessons for Writing Success!”

Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent sessions are presented by classroom teachers in grades K-12. The concurrent sessions are 50 minutes long. Check out a few of the titles:

  • The Core Unpacked: Writing and the CCRS (K-12)
  • Extra, Extra, Write All About It!: Using Multi-media to Summarize Text (K-12)
  • Out with the Old, In with the New: Taking Writing from Pencil and Paper to Buttons and Clicks (3-5)
  • Cyber Options: Teaching Writing via Distance Learning (6-12)
  • Write On! (9-12)

If you are interested in presenting a concurrent session, please fill out the attached Call for Presentations Form. **We still have room for a few more concurrent sessions. Please contact Terry White (334-670-3594) if you are interested in presenting a concurrent session at the conference.**

Call for Presentations Form [PDF]

Exhibitor Information

Exhibitor Form [PDF]

If your company is interested in exhibiting or sponsoring a meal at the Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing, please complete the enclosed exhibitor agreement form and return to this office not later than May 9, 2014. There is still time for your company to sponsor or co-sponsor a break, the Tuesday luncheon, and/or the Wednesday lunch. Please call Terry White at (334) 670-3594 or (334) 670-3494 if your company is interested.

Registration Forms

Housing Request Form [PDF]

*Conference Lodging                      
Arrangements for lodging (special conference rate of $151 [regular room] $199 [LeCiel 1 bedroom] $197 [Luau studio] $219 [Luau 1 bedroom] + tax for up to four persons) should be made directly with the Sandestin Group Reservations Office at 800-320-8115 before May 28, 2014.

To receive this special rate, please mention Group Code: 2346D5.

*Lodging rates may be lowered at the hotel’s discretion.

*Conference Registration
$115 Individual Registration
$135 On-Site Registration

(Registration includes: Keynotes, Writing Workshops, Concurrent Sessions, Morning Breaks, Tuesday Luncheon, and Wednesday Lunch.)

Conference Registration Form [PDF]

Call for Presentations Form [PDF]
If you are interested in presenting a concurrent session at the conference, please fill out the Call for Presentations Form.

For More Information about the Conference, contact:

Ms. Terry White at 334-670-3594, 334-670-3495
Southeast Alabama Regional Inservice Center
or e-mail

The 2014 Gulf Coast Conference on the Teaching of Writing is sponsored by Alabama's Regional Inservice Centers.

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