HINDMAN, Ky (WYMT) - Creativity is flowing at the Hindman Settlement School this week. This is the 37th year for their annual Appalachian Writer's Workshop.
Over the years, the way we write has evolved. But whether you use a keyboard or prefer pen on paper, Settlement School Executive Director Brent Hutchinson said the importance of writing remains unchanged.
"I think it is critical for people to find the power of words, to know the influence of incredible stories," said Hutchinson.
For return participant Loren Crawford, she feels that is exactly what she is learning at this year's event.
"The everyday life that we all live, full of work and family and the stresses of making sure we have our living, is gone and you have an enormous space where you can work your real work," said Crawford.
The Hindman Settlement School has sat along Troublesome Creek in Knott County for more than a century. The writer's workshop has been there for almost 40 years.
"When I came here a couple years ago as director, people told me a lot about the magic that happens here," said Hutchinson.
It is a magic that reminds even a veteran like writer George Ella Lyon that her craft is second to none.
"I believe that writing is not first of all about making books. Writing is about getting what is in your heart and in your head out on paper so that you can get to know yourself and what you think and feel," said Lyon.
On Thursday night, Dr. Ron Eller, a former University of Kentucky professor, will give the workshop's keynote address. That event starts around 7:30 p.m..