JUnE 23-28, 2024

A Residential Creative Writing Workshop for High School Students

Ironwood Writers Studio at Hindman Settlement School is a week-long gathering of high school writers in the mountains of southeast Kentucky to explore various genres, grow their love of writing, and build a creative community of their peers. Students study craft and practice fiction, poetry, and non-fiction with published authors and poets. 

Manuel Iris
Karen Salyer McElmurray
Julia Watts

All participants will have the opportunity to take part in workshops with faculty members in all four genres. 


Each day at Ironwood offers participants the opportunity to write, connect with their peers, and take part in a variety of special sessions and experiences with visiting authors, artists, and musicians. Some offerings include:

  • Generative Writing with George Ella Lyon
  • Nature Writing with Moriah Warner
  • Photography with Tyler Barrett

Students will also learn about publishing, practice reading their work to an audience, and unwind with trivia night, a cosplay contest, and lots of free time to get to know other young writers from across Central Appalachia.


Incoming sophomores for fall 2024 through current year high school graduates are invited to attend Ironwood Writers Studio.

Sessions take place at Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, KY and students stay in dorms on the campus.
Residential life at Ironwood is in supervised dormitories with screened and trained mentors.

Full inclusion and safety of staff and participants is of paramount importance to the Ironwood Writers Studio and Hindman Settlement School. Everyone is welcome here and is deserving of respect. Discrimination or maltreatment based upon race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability or medical status, political affiliation, socio-economic status, linguistic variation, or any other factor will not be tolerated. Beyond protection from discrimination, the Ironwood Writers Studio strives to foster positive spaces and conditions to help all our writers flourish, especially those who come from communities and identities that have traditionally been misrepresented, silenced, or excluded. We need the voices of all people if we are to tell the rich story of Appalachia.


A $50 deposit is required at the time of registration with the balance due upon check-in. Participating students must submit 3-5 pages of sample writing (any genre) with their registration.

The cost for tuition, which includes all activities, meals, and lodging, is $400. Scholarships are available for students with financial need.

Register by June 1