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Mountain Heritage Literary Festival

Register for the Festival below!

The upcoming 18th Annual Mountain Heritage Literary Festival will be taking place on June 21-22, 2024. Storyteller Robert Gipe will be the keynote address speaker. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of courses covering different genres and aspects of writing, including fiction, memoir, poetry, horror and crime writing. Led by experienced instructors and industry professionals, these workshops offer valuable insights and practical guidance for writers at all levels.

There will also feature writing contests and public readings, providing attendees with opportunities to showcase their literary talents and engage with fellow writers and readers.

Registration for the festival is open to the public, with tickets priced at $120. The registration fee includes admission to all festival events, as well as two meals during the duration of the event. Attendees are responsible for their own lodging.

Register here!


 MHLF History

Founded in 2005 by bestselling author Silas House, the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival has grown from a small gathering of budding writers, to one of the premiere literary events in the region. What sets us apart is a blend of a homecoming feel for our returning attendees and a welcome, supportive environment for newcomers, all nestled among the picturesque and historic Cumberland Gap area.

Our two-day events provide workshops and panels ranging from fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and songwriting workshops, to panels on publishing, Appalachian culture, and more. Past workshop leaders include notable writers such as Lee Smith, Donald Ray Pollock, George Ella Lyon, and many other notable Appalachian and nationally-recognized writers.

Other even highlights include several writing contests, keynote speeches, scholarship awards, and concerts.


Awards and Fellowships

See the list of awards, fellowships, and scholarships presented each year by MHLF.


Schedule and Registration

Details on this year's event and how to register.


Event Staff and guest writers

Learn about the event organizers and the guest writers participating in this year's event.