Writers' Workshop

THIS YEAR'S WORKSHOP WILL BE HELD

JULY 23-28, 2023

The Workshop provides an opportunity to study craft in structured workshops, attend special topic sessions, and enjoy captivating readings by our award-winning faculty. This historic gathering is known for providing rigorous instruction in a family-like atmosphere, where writers of place come together at the banks of Troublesome to meet a year-round community. Beginning, emerging, and established writers are all encouraged to apply.

FACULTY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Throughout the month of January, we will be announcing the workshop faculty, afternoon session presenters, and lecturers that will be part of the 46th annual gathering. Follow the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop Facebook page or check out the feed below for the latest.

A SNEAK PEEK AT 2023

Faculty announcements will be happening almost daily throughout January. Follow our social media feeds for the latest. 

Offering immersive workshops, including one-on-one feedback sessions, by renowned faculty for the genres of:

  • creative nonfiction 
  • novel
  • short story
  • poetry

Multiple special topic sessions to enhance your experience in memoir, songwriting, poetry, narrative structure, speculative fiction, dialogue crafting, and more.

Special events including live music, a book signing reception, acknowledgment of the historic flooding with optional opportunities for artistic expression and story exchanges, and opportunities to connect and network with peers.

Evening readings by faculty

MANUSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS

All applicants must submit a manuscript (original, unpublished) with their application. Manuscripts should be formatted with one-inch margins, 12-point type with no unusual fonts. Please submit your best work in your chosen genre. Limit your manuscript submission to the following number of pages:

  • Novel: (20 or less, double-spaced)

  • Nonfiction | Short Story: (10-15, double-spaced)
  • 
Poetry: (10-15, single-spaced)

Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the manuscript. Use the following protocol to name your manuscript file: Genre_Year_FirstName_LastName.pdf (or .doc or .docx). For example: ShortStory_2023_Josh_Mullins.pdf

FEES & LODGING

A $200 deposit is required at the time of application. 

The cost for tuition, which includes all sessions and special events, is $450. 

For those opting to utilize shared campus housing in one of our historic cottages, the cost is $200 for the duration of the Workshop. We will strive to honor all housing and roommate requests. Additional lodging may be available in area hotels for those wishing to commute. 

Meal plans are also available for the week, beginning with dinner on Sunday and concluding with lunch on Friday. The cost is $225. Our kitchen can accommodate most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

For those with financial need, please explore scholarship opportunities available thanks to our generous donors.

APPLICATION PERIOD IS FROM FEBRUARY 1 to MAY 1

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The Mountain South's premier literary gathering

A program of Hindman Settlement School

In less than one week, the entire faculty for this summer’s Appalachian Writers’ Workshop, to be held July 23-28, will be released and applications will begin being accepted! With that in mind, this #ThrowbackThursday takes us back to a Workshop from the early 2000’s. Writers Alice Adams, Silas House, and Jane Hicks pause for a photo between sessions outside the May Stone Building (now known as the Mullins Center) on campus.

Writers from across the region are encouraged to apply and join us for this year’s gathering at the Forks of Troublesome Creek! Details available on February 1 at Hindman.org/workshop!
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In less than one week, the entire faculty for this summers Appalachian Writers Workshop, to be held July 23-28, will be released and applications will begin being accepted! With that in mind, this #ThrowbackThursday takes us back to a Workshop from the early 2000s. Writers Alice Adams, Silas House, and Jane Hicks pause for a photo between sessions outside the May Stone Building (now known as the Mullins Center) on campus.

Writers from across the region are encouraged to apply and join us for this years gathering at the Forks of Troublesome Creek! Details available on February 1 at Hindman.org/workshop!

Doug Van Gundy joins the faculty of the 46th annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop to facilitate one of two poetry workshops for participants.

Van Gundy directs the low-residency MFA writing program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications, including Poetry, The Guardian, and The Oxford American. He is co-editor of the anthology Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Contemporary Writing from West Virginia and the author of a collection of poems, A Life Above Water and two chapbooks, The October Poems and Pictures & Poems, a collaboration with photographer Matt Eich.

The application period for the Appalachian Writer’s Workshop 2023 is from February 1st to May 1st. Be sure to apply at Hindman.org!

#AppalachianWritersWorkshop #AWW23 #HindmanSettlementSchool
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Doug Van Gundy joins the faculty of the 46th annual Appalachian Writers Workshop to facilitate one of two poetry workshops for participants. 

Van Gundy directs the low-residency MFA writing program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications, including Poetry, The Guardian, and The Oxford American. He is co-editor of the anthology Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Contemporary Writing from West Virginia and the author of a collection of poems, A Life Above Water and two chapbooks, The October Poems and Pictures & Poems, a collaboration with photographer Matt Eich.

The application period for the Appalachian Writers Workshop 2023 is from February 1st to May 1st. Be sure to apply at Hindman.org!

#AppalachianWritersWorkshop #AWW23 #HindmanSettlementSchool

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Awesome! I’m so sad that I won’t be there this year.

To have to choose between poetry with Doug or poetry with Marianne? Good lord, y’all!

I'm so sad that I can't write poetry…

Neema Avashia, the widely celebrated author of Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place (WVU Press) and former attendee of the Workshop, is joining our faculty to lead the creative non-fiction section.

Avashia was born and raised in southern West Virginia to parents who immigrated to the United States. She has been a middle school teacher in the Boston Public Schools since 2003. Her book, Another Appalachia, examines both the roots and the resonance of Avashia’s identity as a queer desi Appalachian woman, while encouraging readers to envision more complex versions of both Appalachia and the nation as a whole. Her essays have appeared in the Bitter Southerner, Catapult, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere.

The application period for the Appalachian Writer’s Workshop 2023 is from February 1st to May 1st. Be sure to apply at Hindman.org!

#appalachianwritersworkshop #aww23 #HindmanSettlementSchool
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Neema Avashia, the widely celebrated author of Another Appalachia: Coming Up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place (WVU Press) and former attendee of the Workshop, is joining our faculty to lead the creative non-fiction section. 

Avashia was born and raised in southern West Virginia to parents who immigrated to the United States. She has been a middle school teacher in the Boston Public Schools since 2003. Her book, Another Appalachia, examines both the roots and the resonance of Avashias identity as a queer desi Appalachian woman, while encouraging readers to envision more complex versions of both Appalachia and the nation as a whole. Her essays have appeared in the Bitter Southerner, Catapult, Kenyon Review Online, and elsewhere. 

The application period for the Appalachian Writers Workshop 2023 is from February 1st to May 1st. Be sure to apply at Hindman.org!

#AppalachianWritersWorkshop #AWW23 #HindmanSettlementSchool

The Workshop is thrilled that Marianne Worthington, co-founder and poetry editor of Still: The Journal, will be facilitating one of two poetry workshops at the 46th annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop.

Worthington’s poetry collection, The Girl Singer, was published under the Settlement’s Fireside Industries imprint with the University Press of Kentucky in 2021 and was the winner of the 2022 Weatherford Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in Oxford American, CALYX, and Chapter 16 among other places. She received the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and artist grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship Program. She co-edited Piano in a Sycamore: Writing Lessons from the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop and is the author of a poetry chapbook.

The application period for the Appalachian Writer’s Workshop 2023 is from February 1st to May 1st. Be sure to apply at Hindman.org!

#AppalachianWritersWorkshop #AWW23 #HindmanSettlementSchool
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The Workshop is thrilled that Marianne Worthington, co-founder and poetry editor of Still: The Journal, will be facilitating one of two poetry workshops at the 46th annual Appalachian Writers Workshop. 

Worthingtons poetry collection, The Girl Singer, was published under the Settlements Fireside Industries imprint with the University Press of Kentucky in 2021 and was the winner of the 2022 Weatherford Award for Poetry. Her work has appeared in Oxford American, CALYX, and Chapter 16 among other places. She received the Al Smith Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council and artist grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Berea College Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship Program. She co-edited Piano in a Sycamore: Writing Lessons from the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop and is the author of a poetry chapbook.

The application period for the Appalachian Writers Workshop 2023 is from February 1st to May 1st. Be sure to apply at Hindman.org!

#AppalachianWritersWorkshop #AWW23 #HindmanSettlementSchool
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