Pre-Festival Offering
Thursday July 9
9 am – 5 pm

cost: $59.00


Make plans now to attend our New Writers Workshop. Enjoy the mountain air and sit under the tent with Barbara, Brian, and some of today’s gifted wordsmiths to glean wisdom, share in some laughs, and explore your talent as a new writer.

Curated by Barbara Brown Taylor and Brian Allain

Barbara Brown Taylor is a New York Times best-selling author, teacher, and Episcopal priest. Her first memoir, Leaving Church, won a 2006 Author of the Year award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her last book, Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others, was featured on CNN and Fresh Ari with Terry Gross. She has served on the faculties of Piedmont College, Columbia Theological Seminary, Candler School of Theology, McAfee School of Theology, and the Certificate in Theological Studies program at Arrendale State Prison for Women in Alto, GA. She lives with her husband Ed on a working organic farm in the foothills of the Appalachians.





Brian Allain leads Writing for Your Life, a resource center for spiritual writers, and provides marketing services for authors and companies through Enliven Your Tribe! His work includes the Publishing in Color conference series, which is intended to increase the number of books published by writers of color, and he also leads Previously Brian served as Founding Director of the Frederick Buechner Center where he led the launch of Mr. Buechner’s online presence and established several new programs and strategic partnerships. Brian has developed and led spiritual writers conferences at Princeton Theological Seminary, Drew University Theological Seminary, Western Theological Seminary, Belmont University, New Brunswick Seminary, and several churches. He led the self-publishing effort for the book Buchner 101: An Introduction to Frederick Buechner. All of this is a second career, coming after successful business leadership in high-tech.

Check In for pre-festival events will be available on Wednesday from 1 pm to 5 pm, and Thursday from 7am to 9 am.

If you’re tent camping, there’s no additional campsite charge for Wednesday night.
Some campsite locations are restricted due to large venue tent construction in several areas.
RV campers will need to purchase an additional night.