Appalachia has a long-standing literary tradition. Think of writers such as James Still, Wilma Dykeman, Jesse Stuart, Harriette Arnow, James Agee, Thomas Wolfe, Lee Smith, Ron Rash, Tony Early, George Ella Lyon, Silas House, and this list goes on and on. Something about this geography is nurturing to the creative spirit. Whether born here or transplanted, writers often find a home and a muse in this beautiful and rugged landscape. And sometimes, as with Earl Hamner, their burning desire to put words to paper begins early.
The Appalachian Young Writers' Workshop (AYWW) is a new opportunity for rising 10th, 11th, 12th graders, and graduating seniors who enjoy telling stories and exploring the written word. Humanities Tennessee and Lincoln Memorial University are joining forces with other partners such as the Appalachian Writers Workshop and the Children’s Reading Foundation to nurture a new generation of writers who draw from this place and their experience and imaginations. We want to nurture the literature of the future.
Like Humanities Tennessee’s Tennessee Young Writers Workshop, held each year at Austin Peay State University in July, the AYWW will foster a young person's desire to write. This experience will grow their confidence and self-esteem and will challenge them to become leaders in their own communities. Set in the Appalachian Mountains in Harrogate, TN the AYWW will appeal to students who have a particular interest in the Appalachian region whether it is through literature, environmental issues, or for inspiration.
The 2013 AYWW is a seven-day residential writing workshop providing you the opportunity to explore the craft of creative writing, learning from the region's foremost poets, fiction writers, playwrights, creative non-fiction writers, and lyric writers. While we hope students will stay on campus and experience a taste of college life, we also accept day students to the program.
Students will be encouraged to consider the region and its environment, policies, literature, culture, music, and more. Whether creative writing is your passion or you would like to learn more about creative writing from published authors, this workshop is for you.
Download the application here.