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The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
June 14-19, 2015

Cumberland Gap Writers Studio

You are cordially invited to attend the Cumberland Gap Writers Studio, a writing retreat scheduled June 14-19 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 to write without distraction. 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 perched 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, but meals are included in your registration.

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 Historic Park or Wilderness Road State Park, a guided wildflower hike, or an antique crawl in the town of Cumberland Gap. There’s no 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 writers Darnell Arnoult, Michael Chitwood and Aaron Smith.

Student with laptop Poet and essayist Michael Chitwood was born in Rocky Mount, Virginia. He earned a BA from Emory & Henry College and an MFA from the University of Virginia. In his work, Chitwood explores the Appalachian landscape of his youth and frequently draws on colloquial speech and themes. His many collections of poetry include Salt Works, Whet, The Weave Room, Gospel Road Going, which won the Roanoke-Chowan Prize for Poetry, From Whence, Spill, and Poor-Mouth Jubilee.    His collections of essays include Hitting Below the Bible Belt: Baptist Voodoo, Blood Kin, Grandma's Teeth, and Other Stories from the South and Finishing Touches. A freelance writer, Chitwood is also a lecturer in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Student with laptop Aaron Smith is the author of two books of poetry: Appetite (Pittsburgh, 2012), a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award and the Thom Gunn Award, and Blue on Blue Ground (Pittsburgh, 2005), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. His chapbooks are Men in Groups and What's Required, winner of the Frank O'Hara Award. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous publications including Court Green, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Best American Poetry 2013, and on Andrew Sullivan's blog The Dish on The Daily Beast. A 2007 Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts, he is assistant professor in creative writing at Lesley University and poetry editor for the national literary journal Bloom.

Please join 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 $500 per person if also attending the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.

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

423.869.6432 or 800.325.0900, ext. 6432