Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Our mission is to bring together authors, readers of all ages, novice writers, listeners and learners in small, intimate settings. We are a festival of readers who appreciate discussing the ideas in literature.

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Congrats to Short Bus Studios and the collaboration of their artists who created our 2016 theme image! Please click the link to learn more about this Burnsville treasure.

September 8-10, 2016


Thursday Night

  • Wayfaring Strangers-A Musical Voyage from Scotland to Ulster to Appalachia: Free concert and presentation with authors and musicians, Doug Orr, Fiona Ritchie, and Darcy Orr

All day Friday and Saturday

  • 9a.m. – 5 p.m. Free readings and discussions around town

Saturday Afternoon

  • Playback Theater- Free improvisations about your stories


  • WRITING WORKSHOPS- Fiction, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Poetry; Tickets required

Friday Night

  • Banquet with speaker Fred Chappell – full weekend sponsorship courtesy of Bubba & Susan Crutchfield

Saturday Night

    • David George Haskell, Pulitzer Prize Finalist for The Forest Unseen-A Year’s Watch in Nature.  He comes thanks to the NC Humanities Council Pulitzer Initiative Grant.


Tickets available July 1