Lincoln Memorial University

Gap Creek Writers Studio

Gap Creek Writers Studio is a writing retreat scheduled June 16-21, 2019 at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, immediately following the LMU Mountain Heritage Literary Festival on June 14-16. This studio experience is about getting the work done—giving you time and space to write without distraction. And what better time to do that than after a weekend of inspiration from a host of excellent workshops, panels and presentations lead by gifted writers in an encouraging atmosphere. You do not, however, have to attend the MHLF to attend the studio.

Bring a project you're working on or start a new one here. The idea is to be productive in the company of supportive writers and advisers and give yourself the quiet time you need to dig in.

Located near the historic and beautiful Cumberland Gap, LMU residential option offers individual bedrooms with private bath, mini frig and microwave. Each room includes a bed, chest of drawers, bookcase, desk and chair. But if you’d prefer to write in the library, or outside near the spring house, or after hiking one of several trails at the nearby Cumberland Gap National Park, or even perched on a rock at the Pinnacle, there are plenty of options for quiet time and creative reflection. You are welcome to bring some supplies from home and use the kitchenette or enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the LMU Dining Hall or at a local restaurant. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Dining Hall are included in your residential registration so that you may break bread in the company of writers in the studio or other concurrent writing workshops held on campus. For those staying off campus, your registration includes dinner in the Dining Hall.

A writing prompt will be offered in the cafeteria after breakfast, but your day is unstructured until sharing time other than meals (which are optional). 

In the late afternoon, studio members gather in small groups in the Carnegie Vincent Library and have the option to share work with the group and one of our visiting writers-in-residence. 

Please join us for this intensive experience in the beautiful Cumberlands of East Tennessee. Cost to attend the Gap Creek Writers Studio is $550 per person or $500 if you purchase the MHLF/GCWS Combo registration. 


To register  for GCWS only,  click  here.

To register for the MHLF/GCWS Combo and save $50, click here.


Guest Writers-in-Residence

 SONJA LIVINGSTON's latest book, Ladies Night in Dreamland, combines history, memory, and imagination to interact with and illuminate the lives of fascinating American  women from the past. The result is a series of poetic essays. Her book, Queen of the Fall, uses memory and personal experience to consider the lives of girls and women she's known more personally. Sonja's first book, Ghostbread, won an AWP Book Prize for Nonfiction and has been adopted foruse by classrooms around the nation. Her writing has been honored with a NYFA Fellowship, an Iowa Review Award, and Arts & Letters Essay Prize, and grants from Vermont Studio Center and The Deming Fund for Woman.  


Her work has appeared in many literary journals including Salon, The Rumpus, Creative Nonfiction, The Iowa Review, Brevity, and is anthologiezed in several texts on writing incuding Short Takes, The Truth of the Matter, The Curious Writer, Poeverty/Privilege: A Reader for Writers, Brief Encounters, and Waveform: Twenty-First-Century Essays by Woman.  

Depending on registration, a second group leader may be added.


For more informtion contact Darnell Arnoult at [email protected] or (office) 423-869-7170 or call or text (cell) 615-715-3956.

Lincoln Memorial University
Cumberland Gap Parkway
P.O. Box 1643
Harrogate, TN 37752


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752