Kentucky farmer and author, Wendell Berry, will deliver the Jim Wayne Miller/James Still Keynote Address at the 40th annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop at the historic Hindman Settlement School. To honor Mr. Berry’s legacy of work and the Settlement School workshop’s milestone anniversary, acclaimed Kentucky chef, Ouita Michel, will also be on hand to provide a Kentucky Proud “Dinner on the Grounds” for workshop participants and guests. Chef Ouita’s dinner and Mr. Berry’s address will be held near the conclusion of the workshop, on Friday, July 28.
The workshop itself will feature a host of notable faculty members from Appalachia and the South, including novelists, Glenn Taylor and Jennifer Haigh; short story writer, Elaine Fowler Palencia; poets, Rebecca Gayle Howell and Steve Scafidi; nonfiction writer, Jeremy Jones; children and young adult author, George Ella Lyon; workshop leaders, Amy Clark, Joe Crespino, and Fenton Johnson; singer/songwriter, Caroline Herring; and senior writer-in-residence, Gurney Norman.
A special Writer’s Workshop alumni evening will be held to kick off the week’s festivities on Monday, July 24, and will feature award winning writer, Lee Smith, and Kentucky rhythm and bluegrass musicians, The Wooks.
During the week, the Settlement will release two publications: a monograph entitled The Literary Heritage of Hindman Settlement School by Elaine Fowler Palencia and a craft anthology by Writers’ Workshop faulty alums, co-edited by Silas House and Marianne Worthington, entitled Piano In A Sycamore: Writing Advice from the Appalachian Writers’ Workshop.
The 40th annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop will be held July 24-29, 2017 on the campus of Hindman Settlement School. Registration information and more details are available at www.HindmanSettlement.org/WritersWorkshop. The deadline for workshop manuscript submissions is Monday, May 1. Mark your calendars today!
Wendell Berry photo by Guy Mendes.