April 30 deadline to apply for Tremont Writers Conference

Frank X Walker and David Brill share a fascination with the Great Smoky Mountains. One has been cultivating his passion for four decades; the other just fell in love with the Smokies last year. Both will be helping to lead the 2024 Tremont Writers Conference October 23–27, and both are encouraging those who would like […]

Scratch-made lit conference comes to the Smokies

From left: Jeremy Lloyd, Richard Powers, Janet McCue, Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, and Frank X Walker. Provided by Michele Sons.

Last autumn, as the leaves were changing color in Walker Valley, Tremont Institute held a writers conference for the first time. I had the rare pleasure of designing the conference from start to finish alongside my co-coordinator Frances Figart, creative services director at Smokies Life (formerly Great Smoky Mountains Association), as well as playing maestro […]

Tremont Writers Conference now accepting applications for 2024 retreat

Park partner Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont recently announced that the second annual Tremont Writers Conference, created in collaboration with Smokies Life, is now accepting applications. Applications to participate in the five-day retreat for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry may be submitted online now through April 30 at writers.gsmit.org. From Wednesday, October 23, […]

Saying yes to the Tremont Writers Conference

GSMA Creative Director Frances Figart, 2023 Tremont Writers Conference cohort and author Janet McCue, and Michele Sons on the Middle Prong Trail. Provided by Michele Sons.

One of the participants shares her experience at the 2023 Tremont Writers Conference, held October 25-29 at Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont (GSMIT). Tremont Writers Conference is a joint creation of GSMIT and Great Smoky Mountains Association. After the conference, once the whirlwind of information, connection, and excitement had settled, I began quietly considering […]

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The Great Smokies Welcome Center is located on U.S. 321 in Townsend, TN, 2 miles from the west entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Visitors can get information about things to see and do in and around the national park and shop from a wide selection of books, gifts, and other Smokies merchandise. Daily, weekly, and annual parking tags for the national park are also available.

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