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What would an arts festival be without writing? Writers’ Day celebrates authors and aspiring writers as they unite to create, collaborate, and appreciate literature. Writers’ Day covers as many different genres as it can every year—from fantasy to historical fiction. While much of the literature is Appalachian inspired, all kinds of stories are welcome here. The authors who attend not only teach workshops for our guests, but they provide publishing advice to writers who are hoping to release a book of their own. Workshops vary from simply helping people brainstorm their writing topic to specific details like how to write a good hook or write strong dialogue. Even if you’re not a writer, it’s still a blast to come and share ideas with the other people in the workshops, inspiring an environment of creativity. You’d be surprised how encouraging it is to hear other people’s ideas, both professional and non-professional. The committee is still working out what kind of events and workshops the Festival will have this time around, but have no doubt that they will be chock-full of innovative ideas from diverse minds to create something new. The committee is always looking for both volunteers and people to attend, so come on down and put your writing skills and imagination to work. The ideas created there might become the spark someone needs to write a brand new novel.
[Writers’ Day] is a great opportunity for people to get together in a non-academic environment and share ideas and writing. – Deborah Prescott
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Meet acclaimed regional author, Adriana Trigiani at the Jack C. Smith Conference Center, Food City Corporate Headquarters for an evening of fine dining with recipes from her new cookbook “Cooking with My Sisters.” Trigiani is the author of nine novels and two works of non-fiction and directed the movie version of her debut novel, “Big Stone Gap.”Find out more »
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Tickets $40, students attend free
Writer's Day is a unique opportunity for writers (and the general public) to learn from regional authors and those who write about Appalachia. There's something for everyone— writing for children and young adults, poetry, literary and popular fiction and a special storytelling workshop. Learn how to get your book published. Whether you are a novice writer interested in a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the writing process, or just want a chance to listen to a favorite author or poet speak about their work, all ages are welcome.Find out more »
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:00 to 9:00pm
An Evening of Words and Music with the locally popular Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet, and Writers’ Day authors; Rita Quillen, Rj Harris, Joan Donaldson, and Eugene Wolf. The band will provide jazz interludes for readings and performances by our authors throughout their set. Heartwood’s Brew Bar Bites, Treats and Beverages will be available for purchase throughout the event. Come join us for this popular capstone event for Writers’ Day.Find out more »