Friday, February 3 & Saturday, February 4th – Mildred Haun Festival, Walters State Community College, Morristown,Tennessee
Saturday, March 25 & Sunday, March 26 – Dahlonega Literary Festival, Dahlonega Community House, Dahlonega, Georgia
Monday, April 3-Thursday, April 6 – Fifteenth Annual Spring Literary Festival, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina
Thursday, April 6-Saturday, April 8 – Tennessee Mountain Writers Annual Conference, DoubleTree Hotel, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Saturday, April 8 - Southern Appalachian Student Conference on Literature, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee
Tuesday, April 11 & Wednesday, April 12 - “ETSU Celebrates Writing” Spring Festival, Reece Museum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee
Sunday May 21-Thursday May 25 – Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, Ridgecrest Conference Center, 1 Ridgecrest Drive, Ridgecrest, NC 28770
Friday June 9 - Sunday, June 11 - Mountain Heritage Literary Festival, Lincoln Memorial University, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN 37752
Tuesday, July 18 - Sunday, July 30 - The 28th Sewanee Writers Conference will be held on the campus of the University of the South from July 18-30, 2017. This is the region’s flagship writers’ conference held in a beautiful and accessible setting on top of Monteagle Mountain not far from Chattanooga, just off I-24.
Monday, July 24-Saturday, July 29 – Appalachian Writers Workshop, Hindman Settlement School, Hindman, Kentucky
Tuesday, August 1 - Friday, August 4 – Laughing Heart Literary Festival, Laughing Heart Lodge, Hot Springs, North Carolina. Features Ron Rash, Robert Morgan, Amy Greene, Wayne Caldwell, Terry Roberts, Julia Franks, and Susi Gott Seguret
Friday, August 5 & Saturday, August 6 – Lewisburg Literary Festival, Downtown Lewisburg, West Virginia
Thursday, September 7 - Saturday, September 9 – Carolina Mountains Literary Festival, Burnsville Town Center, Burnsville, N.C. is one of the premier literary events in Western North Carolina.
Friday, October 6 & Saturday, October 7 – James Agee Conference for Literature and the Arts, Pellissippi State Community College, Knoxville, Tennessee
Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October15 – Southern Festival of Books, Downtown Nashville, Tennessee – The late John Egerton, a Kentucky native and long-time Nashville resident, came to the Kentucky Book Fair and talked of having a somewhat similar event in Nashville. The result has grown to become a fantastic book celebration so comprehensive that Appalachia is well-represented each year.
Friday, October 27 & Saturday, October 28 - West Virginia Book Festival, Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia. A wonderful event which features authors and organizations with tables as well as workshops.
Saturday, October 28 – Tennessee Mountain Writers Fall Workshop, Oak Ridge Unitarian Church, Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Saturday, November 12 - The Kentucky Book Fair, Frankfort Convention Center, Frankfort, Kentucky. This long-standing event consists mostly of about 200 authors selling and signing their books at tables in a large room, but some workshops are scheduled as well. The emphasis is on nationally-known authors, but several Appalachian authors attend each year as well.
The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina has a dozen week-long writing workshops scheduled during the next year.
Please let us know about any regional writing celebrations you know about so we can add them to the list!