Tinker Mountain Writers

Save the Dates: June 7 – 12, 2020

Full details to come. 


June 9-14, 2019

Fuel your passion and transform your writing during your one-week experience in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the beautiful campus of Hollins University. Join us this year in one of our intimate and inspiring workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and or romance fiction. Our creative writing workshops allow you to share work with colleagues and your faculty mentor in advance, and receive supportive and critical feedback.

If you don’t have a manuscript, or you’re looking to start new work, one of our new multi-genre generative retreats is the perfect choice. Our retreats allow you to write each day and join fellow writers for both in-class writing exercises and sharing of work written right here at Tinker Mountain.

Whether taking part in a workshop or a retreat, you can participate in craft seminars, readings, meals, and social events. You’ll have plenty of interaction with faculty, including a one on one session with your faculty mentor, and have the opportunity to network with other writers for ideas and support.


Special Guests

Photo of Jonathan DeeJonathan Dee is the author of seven novels, most recently The Locals. His novel The Privileges was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2011 Prix Fitzgerald and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. A former contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a senior editor of The Paris Review, and a National Magazine Award-nominated literary critic for Harper’s, he has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. He graduated from Yale University, taught in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and The New School, and is a currently a professor in the graduate writing program at Syracuse University.

Photo of Steve RinehartSteve Rinehart writes and ghostwrites for a former U.S. President, Fortune 100 CEOs, entrepreneurs, and social activists.  He brings a background as a writer of novels, stories, and screenplays, for which he has won enthusiastic reviews including a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. His creative, persuasive, and nonfiction writing, both under his byline and for principals, has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, London Telegraph, GQ, Out, and many others. He has contributed essays and forewords for bestselling nonfiction titles across the world. Steve has a master’s degree from the renowned Iowa Writers Workshop, and teaches writing and communications at New York University and at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina.


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“The structure, format and tenor of the workshop provided the right balance of structure and creativity – just perfect.”
~ Heidi Schmidt

“Tinker Mountain Writers is the place for writers to renew and recharge.”
~ Rayne Debski

“A terrific experience – faculty, participants, group size and shared experiences. Hollins is a real jewel.”
~ Sally Fisk

“Wow! I had no idea so much inspiration and guidance could be packed in 5 days!”
~ Blaise Kielar