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, […]

Tremont to host Writing the Appalachians forum October 28

Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont is pleased to announce Writing the Appalachians, an evening of literary exploration, held Saturday, October 28, at Maryville College’s Clayton Center. The public forum brings Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Powers together with authors Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Janet McCue, and Frank X Walker to share stories and insights from their […]

First Smokies Writers Conference accepts applications through April

About this time last year, I was asked to be involved with designing the first-ever conference for writers to be held within the boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The inaugural Tremont Writers Conference is the coordinated effort of two educational park partners: Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont and Great Smoky Mountains Association. […]

Local novelists to help lead first park writers conference

Spruce Flat

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle and Richard Powers live on opposite sides of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Soon, the two award-winning novelists will converge in the mountains to help create the first-ever conference for writers held within the national park boundary. The inaugural Tremont Writers Conference is the coordinated effort of two educational park partners, Great […]

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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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7929 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway Townsend TN 37882

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