Cook Forest Sawmill Center For The Arts - September 24th, 10am - 4pm

Always wanted to learn how to write or make your writing better? Join the WCoNA Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia® for “Writers In The Woods,” a day of workshops at the Sawmill Center for the Arts, Cook Forest State Park on September 24, 2022. We are offering workshops on wordsmithing, character, generating ideas, living the writer’s life and more. A light lunch and breaks are included. For a brochure or more information contact Lora Zill at timesing@zoominternet.net or 814.439.0914

Lora Zill

PJ Piccirillo


Writers from, living in, or writing about the region of northern Appalachia have yet to be distinguished with a regional identity. The diverse peoples, places, cultures, folk traditions, history, landscapes, and geography of northern Appalachia are uniquely inspiring, and their stories deserve to be represented and valued as a distinct literature.

The Writers Conference of Northern Appalachia Inc. (WCoNA) brings together writers and others interested in the region’s literature to honor our distinct body of work and to enhance the craft of our authors. WCoNA is a catalyst to inspire more novels, poetry, essays, history, memoir, drama, and other modes of literary writing that represent, in some way, northern Appalachia, and so create and promote a canon of writers and writing of northern Appalachia.


Identify characteristics of the literature of northern Appalachia.

Compile a body of work by writers of northern Appalachia.

Establish a literary canon for the literature of northern Appalachia

Create a network for writers writing about and from northern Appalachia.

Provide opportunities for writers to hone their craft and publish their work.


The voice of this remarkable part of the country will be acknowledged, appreciated, and preserved.


Northern Appalachia is distinguished by its diversity of people and places. Our region’s writing represents our many voices, and WCoNA welcomes everyone.

We define northern Appalachia as the Appalachia counties of Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, and the northern portion of West Virginia.