Appalachian Writers’ Workshop

July 27-August 1, 2020

Make plans to join us for the 43rd annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop at the forks of Troublesome Creek on the Settlement’s historic campus. The Workshop provides an opportunity for aspiring and accomplished writers to learn the craft of writing through structured workshops and exchange with other writers.


  • Wiley Cash, author of three New York Times bestselling novels including his most recent, The Last Ballad, will deliver the Jim Wayne Miller/James Still Keynote Address.
  • Offering immersive workshops by renowned faculty for the genres of:
  • creative nonfiction (Jesse Donaldson)
  • novel (Silas House and Mark Powell)
    short story (Ann Pancake)
  • poetry (Nickole Brown and L. Lamar Wilson).
  • Multiple afternoon sessions to enhance your experience:
  • Literary Activism (Jason Howard)
  • Writing the Christ Haunted South (Rebecca Gayle Howell)
  • craft lecture (Wiley & Mallory Cash)
  • publishing panel
  • Optional Writing for Children Pre-Conference with George Ella Lyon

To reserve your space, submit an application no later than May 1.
A $200 deposit is required at the time of application.
Tuition: $450
Room & Board: $400

Additionally, all applicants must submit an original, unpublished manuscript*. All 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 note:

  • Do not include your name or any identifying information on the manuscript. We will use the manuscript title you provide below to identify your manuscript.
  • Use the following protocol to name your manuscript file: Genre_Year_FirstName_LastName.pdf (or .doc or .docx). For example: ShortStory_2020_Josh_Mullins.pdf
  • The maximum file size for upload is 2mb.

*If we discover your work has been published prior to submission, we will automatically discard your application.

For more information, email