Writers' Workshop

JULY 24-29, 2022

The Premier Literary Gathering of the Mountain South

Make plans to join us for the 45th annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop. This week-long residency welcomes published and unpublished writers alike, all learning alongside one another in a supportive environment guided by the region’s unique tradition. 

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.


Beth Macy, a journalist and the best-selling author of Factory Man, Truevine, and Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America, which has recently been adapted as a dramatized limited series on Hulu, will deliver the Jim Wayne Miller/James Still Keynote Address.

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

  • creative nonfiction (Meredith McCarroll)
  • novel (Caleb Johnson and Carter Sickels)
  • short story (Jayne Moore Waldrop)
  • poetry (Nickole Brown and Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon).

Multiple special topic sessions and panels to enhance your experience:

  • Songwriting (Britton Patrick Morgan)
  • Historical Fiction (Patrica Hudson)
  • Poetry (Bernard Clay)
  • Publishing Q&A (Ashley Runyon and Patrick O’Dowd, University Press of Kentucky)

Craft lectures with George Ella Lyon, the Workshop’s Senior Writer-In-Residence

Special events including a screening of The Evening Hour, a book signing reception, and a special launch event for this summer’s releases from Fireside Industries.

Evening readings by faculty


All manuscripts (original, unpublished) should be formatted with one-inch margins, 12-point type with no unusual fonts.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_2022_Josh_Mullins.pdf


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 $200. Our kitchen can accommodate most dietary restrictions with prior notice.

Deadline to apply: May 1

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


The Workshop offers participants an opportunity to hone their craft and build a tightly woven network of peers across the Appalachian region.

“When a person writes a story, that story does not belong to us anymore. The joy I felt from receiving stories from people like myself all over Appalachia and being able to give my own story was nothing short of uplifting, empowering, and transformational. 

With the Pandemic that has swept through our country—and the world, you cannot begin to imagine how badly I needed that week of clarity, camaraderie, and motivation. I left the Writers’ Workshop feeling rejuvenated not only as a writer, but as a mom, a teacher, and a member of a community that is waiting for its stories to be told. “