About LMU

The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
June 16-21, 2013

Cumberland Gap Writers Studio

You are cordially invited to attend the Cumberland Gap Writers Studio, a writing retreat scheduled June 16-21 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 Pamela Duncan.

Please consider joining us for this intensive experience in the beautiful Cumberlands of East Tennessee. Cost to attend the Cumberland Gap Writers Studio is $500 per person or $450 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