Tinker Mountain Writers

Save the Dates: June 9-14, 2019

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June 10-15, 2018

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 young adult 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.

Photo of Jonathan DeeGuest speaker this year is Jonathan Dee, who is the author of seven novels, including A Thousand Pardons, Palladio, and The Privileges, which was a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize and winner of the 2011 Prix Fitzgerald and the St. Francis College Literary Prize. He is a National Magazine Award-nominated literary critic for Harper’s, a former contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, a former senior editor of The Paris Review, and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation.


Choose from seven workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, and two multi-genre retreats [New for this year].


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Maggie Duncan

..Immeasurable in terms of what i learned

“The week flew by and, for me, is immeasurable in terms of what I learned. Fred Leebron gives you a lot to think about and not just for the five days of the workshop; for the rest of your writing life. I’m already looking forward to next year!”

–  Phyllis “Maggie” Duncan

Carolyn Rowland

One Writer’s Workshop Experience

“…we had lots of time for individual attention to our manuscripts. I think I learned as much from my critique as I did from everyone else’s critique….On the whole, the workshop was very well organized, the food was great, and the particular class I attended was terrific. I made friends with several writers that I hope will remain friends or critique partners now that we have left the workshop – and I can’t wait for next year.”

Carolyn Rowland, “A Summer Workshop – Hollins University,” MostlyMystery.com, June 24, 2014