Thank you to everyone who came out for our first High Road Festival, making it a huge success. Next year will be even better, thanks to your feedback.

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March 22-24, 2019

online registration is closed.

register at the event. walk-ups welcome!

Friday-Sunday, March 22–24, 2019

Friday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.: Reading by Clint McCown and cowboy poet Sean Sexton at Bookmarks in Winston-Salem (634 W 4th St #110, Winston-Salem, NC 27101)

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Saturday, March 23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.: The High Road Festival Master Classes, Seminars, Critique Sessions, and Open-to-Public Readings and Vendors! See “Master Class & Seminar offerings” below.

Sunday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.: Sunday Morning Seminar with Tom Lombardo, “Women’s Elegies: Anne Sexton (1960) to Jennifer Holley Lux (2018)—What Has Changed?”

The Embassy Suites

460 N Cherry Street

Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Note: Workshops are now referred to as seminars. The format has not changed, but seminar better reflects the nature of the sessions, which may include some writing and sharing but not necessarily workshopping of individual poems or stories.

Master Class & Seminar offerings: We are offering nine different one-hour and fifteen-minute poetry seminars and two poetry master classes, and six different short fiction seminars and two short fiction master classes. Seminars are $25 each to attend and limited to twenty participants; master classes are $100 each and limited to nine participants.

View our Poetry Seminars and Master Classes, and register.

View our Short Fiction Seminars and Master Classes, and register.

View our One-on-One Critique Sessions (NOW CLOSED) by experienced writers and editors of poetry and short fiction for personal feedback and instruction at a cost of $30 per twenty-five minute session.

Select your seminars and master classes a lá carte. Download our “Design Your Day Worksheet” to help you plan your High Road Festival experience.

Free to the Public: Publishers and editors of journals, magazines, and books of poetry and short fiction will be available to speak with visitors in the Vendor Room, and next door we’ll have a large Reading Room featuring two open mic sessions and faculty readings throughout the day. The Vendor Room and Reading Room are open at no cost to the general public.

Location: We have secured the lower level of the Embassy Suites (across the street from the downtown Marriott) with plenty of space and privacy.