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2017 Regional Book Celebrations

2017 Regional Book Celebrations



Friday, February 3 & Saturday, February 4thMildred 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 6Fifteenth Annual Spring Literary Festival, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina

Thursday, April 6-Saturday, April 8Tennessee 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 29Appalachian 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 6Lewisburg 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 7James 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.

Saturday, October 14 – The Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Ceremony will be held at the Library in Richmond, Virginia.

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 28Tennessee Mountain Writers Fall Workshop, Oak Ridge Unitarian Church, Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Saturday, November 12The 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!