Public Events during the 2017 Conference


Pulitzer-Prize winning author Jane Smiley
Friday, May 19 at 7:30 pm
Ingram Auditorium at Brevard College
Free Event — Book Signing to Follow — Doors open at 7:00 pm


Authors Robert Morgan & Sy Montgomery
Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 pm
Rogow Room, Transylvania County Library
Free Event — Book Signing to Follow — Doors open at 7:00 pm
Dessert Reception to follow.

Highland Books will be on hand both evenings with books for sale and signing.


Applications are CLOSED for 2017.

Check back in the fall of 2017 for information about the 2018 conference. 

Join us for four inspiring days in beautiful Brevard, North Carolina,
home to waterfalls and outstanding mountain scenery. 

Exploring the theme “A Sense of Place,” our award-winning faculty
of Jane Smiley, Robert Morgan, and Sy Montgomery
will give readings and conduct master classes in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.

Brevard College will host the small, selective workshops and provide
meals and accommodations on its lovely small-town campus.

It’s a dream weekend for writers and outdoor enthusiasts. 

Sponsored by the Transylvania County Library Foundation and Brevard College

2017 Faculty

From the participants of the inaugural Looking Glass Rock Writers' Conference, 2016

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“…the conference flowed as if it had been convening for years.”

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“Over the years I’ve been to various workshops. This one was one of the best ever.”

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“I can’t say thanks enough for such a great experience—everything was phenomenal.”

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“Thank you so much for choosing me to be a part of such a rich experience. It was an honor to spend time with such accomplished authors.”


About the Conference
How to Apply

Application Deadline March 1. Our application process uses the online manager Submittable. Admissions decisions will be based on manuscript evaluation. Up to three full and three partial scholarships will be awarded, depending upon merit. All applicants will be considered for these scholarships. Decisions will be announced by March 15. Enrollment in each workshop is limited to 12 participants. Work by conference attendees will be considered for publication in Pisgah Review.

Conference cost: $410. Includes workshop, all meals and receptions, campus housing in a private room.

Cost without campus housing (includes meals): $280. There is no fee to apply.

Attendees will be billed upon acceptance.

Jane Smiley’s keynote reading is Friday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Brevard College Porter Center for Performing Arts.

Robert Morgan and Sy Montgomery are reading on Saturday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the Transylvania County Library. Both events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 18  
3:00-5:00 PM Check-in
5:00 PM Welcome, introductions
6:00 PM First Meal
7:00 PM Conference Gathering
Friday, May 19  
7:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30-10:15  AM 1st workshop
10:15-10:30  AM Break
10:30-12:00 noon 2nd workshop
12:15-1:30 PM Lunch, student readings
1:30-5:00 PM Free time (Optional activities and trips TBA )
5:00 PM Reception
6:00 PM Banquet
7:30 PM Keynote reading, Jane Smiley
8:30 PM Book Signing
9:15 PM Open mic
Saturday May 20  
7:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30-10:15  AM 3rd workshop
10:15-10:30  AM Break
10:30-12:00  noon 4th workshop
12:15-1:30 PM Lunch, student readings
1:30-5:00  PM Free time (Optional activities and trips TBA)
6:00 PM Dinner
7:30 PM Readings: Robert Morgan & Sy Montgomery
8:30 PM Book Signing/Dessert Reception
9:30 PM Open mic
Sunday May 21  
7:00-8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30-10:15  AM 5th workshop
10:15-10:30  AM Break
10:30-11:30 AM Conference wrap up
12:00-1:00 PM Lunch, send-off
1:00-2:00 PM Check-Out
Contact Us


Dr. Ken Chamlee, Director
Looking Glass Rock Writers' Conference
Brevard College

About Brevard and Transylvania County

Transylvania County is a beautiful place every season of the year, but there is something particularly lovely about an Appalachian spring.  We are home to the Pisgah National Forest, the Gorges State Park and the DuPont State Recreational Forest.  So, while you are here for the Conference, we hope you will take some extra time to explore.  Bike, hike, paddle, visit one of our 250 waterfalls, or stroll through downtown Brevard.  Whatever you do, we welcome you to our county! For more information on things to see and do, click

2016 Conference Photos

Platinum Sponsors

Transylvania County Library and Brevard College