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The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
June 15-20, 2014

Cumberland Gap Writers Studio

You are cordially invited to attend the Cumberland Gap Writers Studio, a writing retreat scheduled June15-20 at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, immediately following the LMU Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. This studio experience is about getting the work done--giving you time and space without distraction to write. And what better time to do that than after a weekend of inspiration from a host of excellent workshops, panels and presentations lead by gifted writers in an encouraging atmosphere.

Bring a project you're working on or start a new one here! The idea is to be productive in the company of supportive writers and advisers and give yourself the quiet time you need to dig in!

Located near the historic and beautiful Cumberland Gap, LMU offers apartments for three, including private bedroom and bath with shared living room/kitchenette. Individual rooms with private bath may also be available. Each room includes a bookcase, desk and chair. But if you’d prefer to write in the library, or outside near the spring house, or after hiking one of several trails at the nearby Cumberland Gap National Park, or even perch on a rock at The Pinnacle, there are plenty of options for quiet time and creative reflection. You are welcome to bring some supplies from home and use the kitchenette, or take your meals in the LMU cafeteria.

Following breakfast each day, participants may elect to gather for a morning writing prompt and then disperse to write in silence until noon. You can keep writing in the afternoons or opt to take a break for one or more of our afternoon field trips, which may include a visit to Cumberland Gap National Park or Wilderness Road National Park, take a guided wildflower hike, or an antique crawl in the town of Cumberland Gap, or to the Museum of Appalachia in Norris, TN. There’s not better place to expand your mind than the former gateway to the wilderness.

Instructional time and manuscript feedback will follow every evening after dinner. Faculty in residence are novelist and poet Darnell Arnoult and novelist Karen Spears Zacharias.

Student with laptopKaren Spears Zacharias is an award-winning author, a former crime-beat reporter, and a provocative storyteller. Karen’s career was kick-started by a controversial humor column she wrote titled “Marriage, Motherhood and Money.” That was followed up by a feature story about a Jesus-loving sister to a Charles Manson devotee. Her commentary has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, CNN, USA Today, and on Good Morning America and National Public Radio.  She has authored six books, including the beloved bestseller Will Jesus Buy Me a Doublewide?’ cause I need more room for my plasma TV (Zondervan); the military memoir, After the Flag has been Folded (William Morrow); and her latest, a work of fiction, Mother of Rain (Mercer University Press).  She is the recipient of the 2013 Weatherford Award for Best in Appalachian Fiction.

Please consider joining us for this intensive experience in the beautiful Cumberlands of East Tennessee. Cost to attend the Cumberland Gap Writers Studio is $525 per person or $475 per person if also attending the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.

The 2013 and 2014 Mountain Heritage Literary Festivals are sponsored in part by a grant from the East Tennessee Foundation.

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

423.869.6432 or 800.325.0900, ext. 6432