Carolina Mountains Literary Festival

Surface & Rise … September 6-8, 2018

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival is a three-day celebration of writing and reading that takes place in early September each year in Burnsville, North Carolina. The event features presentations, public discussions, writing workshops, and live music performances. The 2018 theme is Surface & Rise. Full list of presenting authors

“Ginseng Rising” by Rhea Ormond

Ginseng is native to the Carolina Mountains, grows and struggles beneath the soil, and when it brought to the surface, it is medicinal and healing. The literature of the participating authors also reflects that same struggle and healing.

Throughout Friday & Saturday there are presentations, group discussions and writing workshops held throughout downtown Burnsville and within easy walking distance of the Town Center.

The festival gives people a chance to spend time with authors in a friendly, intimate setting, and discuss the books they’ve written and ones they’re currently working on.









Writing Workshops

Writers of all experience levels can take part in a variety of workshops designed to give people a chance to spend quality development time with instructors and fellow writers.

Story Development

Many people taking part in the workshops have books in development, or ones they’re currently researching. Teachers and facilitators work with students and aspiring writers to improve their storytelling abilities. It’s a great opportunity for writers to get together and learn from each other.

Personal Storytelling

Although the theme changes each year at the Literary Festival, the commitment is always to personal storytelling, sharing of experiences, and using books and the writing process to inspire and connect people together.

Malaprop’s Bookstore from Asheville sells books written by the authors, journalists & writers who appear at the festival. It’s a great chance to find new original voices. Malaprop’s operates inside the Town Center throughout the event. Credit cards accepted.

In addition to writers and musicians, Carolina Mountains Literary Festival also features spoken word artists and live performances by comedy troupes, acting groups, and solo artists.

2016 Festival Poster

Discussion groups meet at galleries and other places in downtown Burnsville. Pre-registration is required for workshops, banquets, and keynote speeches.

Burnsville Town Center

CMLF is held in and around Burnsville Town Center. There are restaurants, pubs, coffee and dessert shops, galleries and retail stores within easy walking distance of Town Center.

About Burnsville & Yancey County

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival takes place each September in the mountain town of Burnsville, North Carolina. Town Square has been the center of the community since 1834.

Burnsville & Yancey County