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Tremont Writers Conference accepting applications

Writers at the 2023 conference spent mornings workshopping and receiving constructive feedback on their submitted manuscripts. Michele Sons photo. Writers at the 2023 conference spent mornings workshopping and receiving constructive feedback on their submitted manuscripts. Michele Sons photo.

Applications are open to the second annual Tremont Writers Conference, slated for Oct. 23-27 at Tremont’s campus in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, through April 30. 

This intensive five-day retreat is intended for writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry and is coordinated in partnership with Smokies Life, formerly known as the Great Smoky Mountains Association. Participants will join renowned authors and professional park educators for the retreat, brainstorming and fine-tuning their work with award-winning author workshop leaders while also learning and writing throughout the day.

Morning workshops in fiction, nonfiction and poetry will take place outdoors, led by faculty members Monic Ductan (fiction), David Brill (nonfiction) and Maurice Manning (poetry). Guest author Frank X Walker, the first African American Kentucky Poet Laureate and workshop leader at the 2023 conference, will lead several sessions for the entire group, including a guided discussion on the craft of writing. Each afternoon, writers will join experienced Tremont naturalists for guided explorations that spark curiosity and wonder through a deeper connection to the region’s cultural and natural history. Evenings will conclude with hearty dinners, fellowship with peers, and readings by writing faculty.

Acceptance to conference workshops is based on manuscript evaluation, with chosen writers notified by July 14. Meals and lodging are included in the $1,600 cost, with financial aid opportunities available. For more information, visit writers.gsmit.org.

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