COMING SOON!  Information about the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference 2019

Sponsored by the Transylvania County Library Foundation and Brevard College

From the participants of the Looking Glass Rock Writers' Conference, 2017...

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The quality of the participants was as important as the quality of the faculty—Excellent!

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The atmosphere was stimulating and inspiring. I am renewed in my desire to write.

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Well organized, pleasant, and inexpensive. A great value!

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I liked the collegiality among the participants. The environment is one of warmth and welcome, and yes—the food is great.

About the Conference
How to Apply

Application Deadline March 4, 2018. 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 20. Enrollment in each workshop is limited to 12 participants. Work by conference attendees will be considered for publication in Pisgah Review.

Conference cost: $450. Includes workshop, all meals and receptions, campus housing in a private room.

Cost without campus housing (includes meals): $300. There is no fee to apply.

Attendees will be billed upon acceptance.

Craig Johnson’s keynote reading is Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Brevard College Ingram Auditorium

Janisse Ray and Marilyn Kallet are reading on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Transylvania County Library. Both events are free and open to the public.

2018 Schedule
Thursday, May 17  
3:00-5:00 PM Check-in
5:00 PM Welcome, introductions
6:00 PM First Meal
7:00 PM Conference Gathering
Friday, May 18  
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, Craig Johnson, Ingram Auditorium (Open to the Public)
8:30 PM Book Signing
9:15 PM Open mic
Saturday May 19  
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: Marilyn Kallet & Janisse Ray, Transylvania County Library (Open to the Public)
8:30 PM Book Signing/Dessert Reception
9:30 PM Open mic
Sunday May 20  
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

2017 Conference Photos featuring authors Jane Smiley, Robert Morgan, and Sy Montgomery.

Platinum Sponsors

Transylvania County Library and Brevard College