15th Annual Carolina Mountains Literary Festival


September 10-12 2020  •  Burnsville, NC


CONNECTIONS- Stories of Family, Community, History and the Land




“ The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is the most organized, generous and friendly festival I have attended. I can’t imagine another activity being any better and this will be my last public appearance. I want it to end like this.”
-2018 Keynote Speaker Gail Godwin


“A waking dream come true.”


“The festival attracts passionate and interesting readers and writers.”


If I had to choose one festival to attend as an author in the near future-out of the 8 I attended last year, it would be CMLF. It is conducive to conversation and is in a beautiful setting.


What I found that weekend was love… I found myself surrounded by people who loved stories regardless of how they were packaged. I witnessed the love of an entire town opening its arms to everyone. …Something else set this festival apart from other larger festivals; it was intimate and neighborly. The weather was gorgeous in the mountains. I couldn’t think of a better place to hold such a gathering.”
-Kevin Watson – Press 53



“ This year was my first time, but won’t be my last. I’m hooked!”


“I come every year.”


“Dynamic interactions with inspiring authors.”


“I liked learning about new authors.”


“The festival felt like I was part of a community.”