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First Writer-in-residence

It seems cliché to say that telling our stories is empowering, because we know it is. Folks get up and testify in church. We sit with a therapist to discuss our traumas. We gather with friends to share our joys and sorrows. We write in a journal to remember important life events.  It also seems cliché to say that experiencing the creative works of others is empowering, because we …

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Ironwood

I first came to the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop in 2015. I was from the Great Lakes region of Ohio and had been living in southeast Kentucky for 5 years, and my sense of myself as a writer, as an Appalachian writer, would change forever that week. Writing is often a solitary endeavor, with the author scribbling or typing away …

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Why we garden

Gardening means a lot of different things for folks, but for me, it has always been about connecting to my past and staying grounded in the present. Growing up, no matter how much space there was or wasn’t offered by our then home, my mother always found her sunny patches and filled them with veggies …

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Call For Seeds!

Winter may be settling in, but here at the Hindman Settlement School, we have our eyes set on the marvelous growing season to come! As we prepare this year’s agricultural programming, we are asking for any donations of seeds that we can give away to our community members at next month’s Seed Swap. We would …

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Announcing the Jeff Daniel Marion Scholarship for Appalachian Writers

The world lost a well-respected writer, teacher, and Appalachian son, on July 29, 2021. In memory of this wonderful soul, Jeff Daniel Marion, Linda Parsons established the Jeff Daniel Marion Scholarship for Appalachian Writers at Hindman Settlement School. Danny taught creative writing at Carson-Newman College from 1969 until he retired in 2002, receiving numerous awards and …

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Summer School Prepares Students For New School Year!

Our 40th Summer Tutoring Program wrapped up on July 16th. For 2021, we offered a mixed format with 15 students participating in-person on our campus and 33 students participating virtually. ReadingCorps members, who throughout the year work with our students across 17 school-based reading labs through an innovative partnership between the Settlement, local school districts, and the …

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