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.

September 8-10, 2016

See full schedule here.


Thursday Night

  • Wayfaring Strangers-A Musical Voyage from Scotland to Ulster to Appalachiaconcert and presentation with authors and musicians Doug and Darcy Orr, and – via audiolink from her home in Scotland – Doug’s co-author and host of NPR’s Thistle and Shamrock, Fiona Ritchie.

All day Friday and Saturday

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

Saturday Afternoon

  • Playback Theatre- Free improvisations about your stories


  • WRITING WORKSHOPS ($30) Fiction, Memoir, Non-Fiction, Poetry

Friday Night

  • Banquet ($35) with speaker Fred Chappell – full weekend sponsorship courtesy of Bubba & Susan Crutchfield

Saturday Night

    • Keynote ($20) 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