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The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
June 12-14, 2015

Please view this schedule from 2014 as typical of event times for the weekend. Check back for an updated 2015 schedule soon.

Friday, 13 June 2014

11-2 p.m.-Registration –Abraham Lincoln Library & Museum (Museum)
Stop here to complete registration and to pick up residence hall keys.  Don't forget to sign up for the participant readings.  Time slots are limited.

2-2:30 p.m.-Official Welcome-Arnold Auditorium, Museum
MHLF Co-director Darnell Arnoult opens the festival with some instructions and thoughts to prepare you for the weekend.

2:45-3:35 p.m.-Concurrent Sessions (Choose one)
  1. Dead Grandmas, Vampires and the Art of the No Good, Very Bad Memoir—They are the horror stories of creative writing teachers. These stories are the leading cause of mid-semester suicide. These are the stories that turn teachers into mumbling buffoons who smell like moth balls and buy kibble for 34 cats. For fiction teachers, it's vampires—sometimes zombies—but usually vampires. For nonfiction teachers, it's the dead grandma story. David Joy leads a discussion on why catharsis makes for bad memoir, why time leads to better commentary and why your latest trip to the supermarket is much more interesting than the lady you just buried—Avery 111
  2. Collaboration and Productivity in Writing and Editing— Jesse Graves and William Wright will offer advice for writers looking to gain the most productivity out of their writing time, and who wish to help build a community around the solitary practice of writing. The speakers will share their own experiences of working together on editing volumes of The Southern Poetry Anthology series, writing critical essays, forming a productive writers’ group, and co-writing a long poem in sequence. This panel will include time for questions from the audience, and a discussion of how to organize one’s life around literary work. -Avery 213
  3. Title TBA—Lisa Soland-Avery 203
4:00-5:00 p.m.-Concurrent Master Classes-Avery Hall
-Fiction  with Susan Tekulve-Avery 213
-Fiction with Darnell Arnoult-Avery 201
-Poetry with William Wright-Avery 203
-Nonfiction with Karen McElmurray–Avery 214
-Songwriting with Adam Burrows–TBA
5:15-6:15 p.m.-Front Porch Talk-Arnold Auditorium, Museum
Readings by Susan Tekulve, William Wright, Karen McElmurray and Adam Burrows. Followed by Q&A where you can ask the writers anything you'd like to know about their writing lives.

6:30-7:30 p.m.-Supper-University Dining Hall
Join us for a traditional Appalachian supper. 

8-9 p.m.-Adam Burrows in Concert-Arnold Auditorium, Museum
We’re thrilled to welcome Nashville-based singer-songwriter Adam Burrows to perform at MHLF.  Adam’s song’s reflect his small-town upbringing and draw the listener in by celebrating life’s everyday moments.His lyrics capture the beauty of easy conversation, and his characters remain with you like old friends. His performance is one you don’t want to miss.

Saturday, 14 June 20134

7:15-9 a.m.-Early Morning Hike-Meet at Museum parking lot
Meet your guides, Mary Allen and Tony Maxwell, at the cafeteria parking lot. A van will be available to take hikers on a short two-mile drive to the Daniel Boone trailhead where you'll start a peaceful, easy hike to the saddle of the Cumberland Gap on the actual Wilderness Road, cut by Daniel Boone in the late 1700s. This quiet and inspirational walk is perfect for awakening you to the natural beauty of the Cumberland mountains. If time permits, the morning will include a visit to the Pinnacle Overlook.  Breakfast bags will be provided. (Rain or shine).

8:15-8:45 a.m.-Breakfast-University Dining Hall
A full Southern breakfast.  Come hungry.

9:45 -11:45 a.m.-Concurrent Master Classes-Avery Hall
-Fiction  with Susan Tekulve-Avery 213
-Fiction with Darnell Arnoult-Avery 201
-Poetry with William Wright-Avery 203
-Nonfiction with Karen McElmurray–Avery 214
-Songwriting with Adam Burrows–TBA
12:15-1:15 p.m.-Awards Dinner-University Dining Hall
Join us for a delicious lunch topped off by our contest award announcements.  Awards will be given for the short story, poetry, essay, and children's writing contests that are sponsored every year by the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.  The 2014 Jean Ritchie Fellowship recipient will be announced.

1:15-1:45 p.m.-Emma Bell Miles Lecture-University Dining Hall
Poet and educator Marianne Worthington is associate professor of communication and journalism at University of the Cumberlands.  She is co-founder and poetry editor of Still: The Journal, an online literary journal, as well as poetry editor for Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine. She taught nonfiction writing at the first annual Mountain Heritage Literary Festival, and she is back this year to examine the life of writer and artist Emma Bell Miles in the presentation, “’To Sing and Sing Again’: Recovering the Music in the Writings of Emma Bell Miles.”

2-2:50 p.m.-Concurrent Sessions, choose one
  1. Finishing Line Press Authors-Sue Weaver Dunlap, Rita Quillen, Rosemary Royston and Wes Sims read from their respective chapbooks, all recently published with Finishing Line Press, and discuss their experiences with the publication process-Avery 111
  2. Henry Faulkner: Appalachian Artist and Poet— During his lifetime (1924-81), Henry Faulkner developed a reputation for interesting and unorthodox behaviors. More importantly, he produced an impressive and original body of work: paintings, coveted by collectors, and poems that his friend Tennessee Williams called “brilliant.” Anne Shelby will trace Faulkner’s journey from his early years in an orphanage in Louisville and a foster home in Eastern Kentucky to his later life as a working artist, with famous friends and residences in Italy, Kentucky, and Key West.  You’ll hear selections from Faulkner’s poetry and view photographs of the artist and his paintings-Avery 213
  3. Use Your Senses: How the Right Detail Can Save your Writing—Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past was triggered by the taste of a cookie; the novel Faulkner was most proud of, The Sound and the Fury, was born out of the author’s desire to make sense of a pair of muddy underwear. Any smell, taste, sight, texture, or sound that moves you can sustain a lifetime of writing, provided you know how to mine your own sensory awareness. In this session, Abigail DeWitt will discuss how to identify your best sensory material, and how to extract the richness from a single detail in order to overcome writer’s block, develop three-dimensional characters, and solve plot problems, all while writing more vividly and honestly. A list of exercises will be provided for participants to take home-Avery 203 

3:10-4:50 p.m.-Film Presentation— Harriette Simpson Arnow: 1908-1986 —Arnold Auditorium, Museum
MHLF is honored to present filmmaker Herb E. Smith as he talks about his film about Harriette Simpson Arnow.  In interviews filmed not long before her death, Mrs. Arnow provides the basic biographical details of her life and reveals the difficulties of being a writer, a wife and a mother.  <

5:00-6:00 p.m.-Participant Readings-Avery 111
Those who signed up at registration will be able to read short pieces of their work at this optional event.

6:30-7:20 p.m.-Keynote Supper-University Dining Hall
Enjoy a delicious home-style supper.

7:20-8:00 p.m.-Keynote Supper & Tribute Concert-University Dining Hall
We’re honored for George Singleton to deliver this year’s keynote address.  George Singleton is one of the most widely published writers in the country.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution labeled him “the unchallenged king of the comic southern short story,” and the New York Times Book Review noted “Singleton’s hilarious insights come early and often.”  We’re sure that his visit to the MHLF will be exciting, fun and memorable.  MHLF favorite Belinda Smith will be this year’s keynote musician.

8:15-9 p.m.-Writer's Market/Book signing-University Dining Hall
Bring your books or buy new ones from us. George Singleton and all staff members will be available for our grand finale book-signing event, as well as some of our distinguished published authors and editors. While you wait, you can browse around George Brosi’s Appalachian Bookstore.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

8:45-9:30 a.m.-Light Breakfast/Checkout– Dining Hall
We'll have a light breakfast of fruits, pastries, juices and coffee near the festival tent.  Please return your room keys at this time.

9:30-10:45 a.m.-Optional Session: A Transformed Social Media—Are You Ready to Hangout?– Avery 203
Join us for an exciting hour of conversation with S.T. LeGray, a Social Media Strategist at SocialMediaSimplyForWriters.com. We will examine Social Media news that will make your Twitter bird sing for joy and take a look at what Human Media (social media + video) means to writers.

11-11:30 a.m.-Hymn Singing-Festival Tent
Anne Shelby will lead us in a closing fellowship of hymn-singing to set us on our travels.

Before leaving the Cumberland Gap area, we suggest you explore the national park, where you can hike (easy trails close by or the lengthy and beautiful White Rocks Trail is about 10 miles away at Rose Hill, VA), spelunk at the Gap Cave or Sand Cave, go back in time at the Hensley Settlement, visit the museum and artisan store at the visitor's center, or view three states from the Pinnacle Overlook.  There is too much to do to pass it up.  For more information, visit www.nps.gov/cuga.

Lincoln Memorial University
Cumberland Gap Parkway
P.O. Box 2005
Harrogate, TN 37752

423.869.6432 or 800.325.0900, ext. 6432