• Appalshop Conference Room (map)
  • 92 Madison Avenue
  • Whitesburg, KY, 41858

In 1974, a group of writers and activists gathered at Highlander Center to form what became the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. From its very beginning, SAWC was intended to support writers in our efforts to take control of our regional identity and to take action, individually and collectively, on the issues that impact our land and our people. Through Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, SAWC continues its original mission to foster community and activism among and encourage publication of Appalachia’s writers. The journal is published annually and usually accepts submissions relevant to particular themes.

Readers and writers present include Jim Webb, Scott Gobel, and more.  Books and journals by the authors will be available for sale.