April 27, 2014

Appalachian Writers Workshop at Hindman Settlement School

In my investigation for Kentucky Writers, and my support of writer’s organizations across the country, I discovered this beautiful historical site. This appeals to historical interests and offers a unique opportunity, which influences my need to present advantages developing writer’s talents.

Hindman Settlement School was the first and most successful rural social settlement school in America. Established in 1902 by May Stone and Katherine Pettit in Hindman, Kentucky, the school soon became a model center for education, health care and social services.
Earning praise as “the best school in the mountains,” the Settlement School not only transformed the community of Hindman, it contributed significantly to regional progress. The school has played a vital role in preserving and promoting the literary and cultural heritage of southeastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia.

The Hindman Settlement School’s mission is to provide education and service opportunities for people of the mountains, while keeping them mindful of their heritage. While the mission has remained the same, the Settlement’s programs have changed over time to meet the changing needs of the region.

Kentucky's Premier Writers Workshop at Hindman Settlement School:

Plans are under way for the 37th annual Appalachian Writers' Workshop at Hindman Settlement School. Mark your calendar for July 27-August 1, 2014.

The Writers Workshop provides an opportunity for aspiring and accomplished writers to immerse themselves in a community of people who appreciate Appalachian literature and who hail from and/or write about the region.

Writers of varying skill levels are encouraged to attend. You need not live in the region to apply. Participation is limited to 75-80 people. When the number of applicants exceeds capacity, acceptance is based on manuscript quality. 

All activities take place on the historic campus of Hindman Settlement School. Evening readings and dances are open to the general public at no cost.

Visit online here: http://www.hindmansettlement.org/home


  1. Good to know. I visited central Kentucky (Berea) recently to learn about horses and horse racing. We also learned about the wonderful folk arts and music. Beautiful state!

  2. How wonderful it would be to attend one of these workshops, or even just to visit and explore the place. This area has always held such mystique for me. It must be incredibly beautiful and a wonderful setting for writing.


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