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The Mountain Heritage Literary Festival
June 12-14, 2015

Dear Friends of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival,

Denton Loving and I are so excited!  June 12-14, 2015 will mark the 10th anniversary of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. We hope you’re planning to join us in Harrogate, Tennessee, to help us celebrate.

In the past ten years, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting so many wonderful writers, both as participants and as workshop leaders. The very best writers in our region have served as keynote speakers, and it’s most fitting that our friend Lee Smith will return on this special anniversary to serve in that role again.

As always, our writing classes will be led by a team of outstanding writers:  Sharon Hatfield, Jane Hicks, Michael Knight, Maurice Manning and Jessie van Eerden. They’re all exceptional writers, and we’re thrilled to have them come here to share their expertise. Silas House, the festival’s founder, will be on hand to give the James Still Lecture, and Scott Miller is back. And, we will welcome Donald Ray Pollock in his debut appearance at the MHLF, serving as our festival Writer-in-Residence. 

We hope you agree that we’re putting together a great schedule for this summer’s event.  As always, it will be a wonderful balance of good friends from years past and new voices of first time MHLF presenters.

The Cumberland Gap Writers Studio continues to grow, and this year will be no exception.  Writers who, after three days of inspiring workshops, panels, and presentations, want to stay and write all day and share their writing at night, have the opportunity to live in the LMU dorms, take advantage of the LMU facilities and landscape, and write and share from Sunday until Friday. Michael Chitwood will be on hand to facilitate the evening sharing as CGWS Writer-in-Residence. Writers who attend both the festival and the studio will receive a discount. Come get inspired, then stay and continue to be creative!

If you are registered for the festival and want to attend Playwright’s Jumpstart with Lisa Soland the week before the festival, you may receive a discount when registering for that workshop as well, but you must register separately.

We want you to be a part of all this!  Registration is open now.  In the meantime, if you have any questions about our festival please feel free to contact either Denton Loving or me: denton.loving@LMUnet.edu | 423.869.6432; darnell.arnoult@LMUnet.edu | 615.715.3956. We hope to see you in Harrogate this June.

Darnell Arnoult,
Co-Director, MHLF
Lincoln Memorial University
Cumberland Gap Parkway
P.O. Box 2005
Harrogate, TN 37752
Office phone: 423.869.6432 or 800.325.0900, ext. 6432