Thank you to all of this year’s authors and participants! We would love your feedback. Fill out our online evaluation form here.

“Ginseng Rising” by Rhea Ormond


To see this year’s schedule, click HERE

Tickets for Gail Godwin may be purchased at the Town Center. Cash or check preferred. $20

Register for three-hour writing workshops at the Festival on Friday or Saturday.


2018 Authors

Kane Smego– Thursday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m., Town Center
National Poetry Slam Finalist, Spoken Word Poet, Hip Hop Artist


Banquet with Michael W. Twitty

Friday September 7 at 7:00 p.m., Town Center – SORRY, SOLD OUT
2018 James Beard Award Winner-Best Food Writer & Best Book ($35 BYOB)


Keynote Speaker, Saturday September 8 at 6:30 p.m., Town Center
Gail Godwin, Best selling, Award Winning Novelist ($20)


Christopher Swann — Workshop
John Kessel
Chantel Acevedo
Daren Wang
Leah Weiss
Mary Ann Claud
Abigail DeWitt
Amy Willoughby Burle

Sidney Wade — Workshop
Sam Barbee
Brothers Like These
Terri Kirby Erickson

Joni Tevis — Workshop
Shuly Xochitl Cawood
Harriet Hill & H’Yoanh Ksor Buonya
John Carroll Whitener

Mallory McDuff — workshop
David Brill
Daniel Pierce
Bryant Simon
Lillah Schwartz
Tamra Wilson

Debra Frasier
Jodi Lynn Anderson

Free Readings and Discussions All Day Friday & Saturday
Writing Workshops – Fiction, Memoir, Non-fiction, Poetry ($30 – advance registration required)

Registration information here.

“The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is the best literary festival you will find anywhere…Other festivals may try to copy it, but it requires more than a schedule of popular authors and a solid plan of action; it requires the love of a community with open arms.  And holding the festival in the magnificent mountains of Western North Carolina in September helps a little too.”  — Kevin Watson, Press 53