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Doe Branch Ink


A Creative Retreat in the Heart of the Blue Ridge

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Doe Branch Ink


A Creative Retreat in the Heart of the Blue Ridge

A view from below the Vermillion House, one of the lodging options at DBI.

A Destination

Doe Branch Ink is a retreat for Writers and other Artists located on 50 acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Just 30 miles north of Asheville, our retreat takes its name from a spring fed stream that borders our property, flowing from high in Pisgah National Forest into the French Broad River.  The Vermillion guest house is the retreat headquarters, with other nearby accommodations available as needed. 

The French Broad river flows through Pisgah Forest 

A MOUNTAIN ESCAPE

Nestled into 50 acres of private property surrounded by Pisgah National Forest, DBI is the perfect place to finally get some work done.

Group discussion in the Vermillion House Living Room

CLEAN & MODERN

While our facilities are rustic, they are up to date with all of the modern amenities needed for a productive week, including internet, laundry, phone service & catered meals.

David Gessner leading a front porch non-fiction retreat

PROFESSIONAL

Our retreat-leaders are also leaders in their field with numerous published works and years of experience teaching all skill levels.

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FEATURED leaders


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FEATURED leaders


Philip Gerard

CREATIVE Writing

Philip Gerard is professor of creative writing at UNC Wilmington.  An experienced classroom and workshop teacher, he has published several books of both fiction and creative non-fiction.   His most recent book is Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina (2013)

 

Marjorie Hudson

Fiction

Marjorie Hudson teaches for writers groups, colleges, conferences, and retreats all over the country, as well as in her own Kitchen Table Workshops, based in Pittsboro, North Carolina. She specializes in generative and craft classes for writers at all levels, and her workshops focus on building a writing community that provides a supportive network and useful critique. 

 

TOM KIMMEL

SONGWRITING

Singer, songwriter, entertainer and poet: Tom Kimmel is all of these things and more. He’s released seven albums and published a book of poems, and his songs have been recorded by a host of major artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Randy Travis.