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Appalachian writers to gather at Hindman

The 32nd anual Appalachian Writers Workshop will be held July 26-31 at Hindman Settlement School.

The Knott County institution has attracted writers since its earliest days. In 1905, Ann Cobb arrived to teach and published a number of sketches and dialect poems. Lucy Furman, an accomplished writer before coming to Hindman, published five novels about her years as housemother to the small Settlement boys and her association with the school and the surrounding area. The late James Still, poet, novelist and short story writer, was associated with Hindman for nearly 70 years and is buried on the Settlement’s campus. Hindman alumnus Albert Stewart, a poet and founding editor of Appalachian Heritage magazine, organized the Settlement’s first Appalachian Writers Workshop.

This year, the workshop includes tracks on writing nonfiction, poetry, short stories, children’s stories, memoirs and novels. The workshops are taught by published writers who mentor workshop participants, both in groups and individually.

Each evening workshop staff will read from their works. All evening programs start at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. All readings will be in the May Stone Building at the Settlement School.

The evening schedule includes: Sunday, July 26— Anne Shelby, “The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales.” Monday, July 27—Kevin Stewart, Jeff Daniel Marion and George Ella Lyon. Tuesday, July 28—Silas House, Laura Benedict and Karen McElmurray. Wednesday, July 29—Ron Rash, “Jim Wayne Miller/James Still Lecture.” Thursday, July 30—Pinckney Benedict, Ann Pancake and Maurice Manning.

Following the Jim Wayne Miller/James Still Lecture there will be a book signing, reception and music.

For more information, visit www.Hindman Settlement.org.

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