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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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WORKSHOP THEMES


Tell Your Story

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WORKSHOP THEMES


Tell Your Story

Fiction

Novel and short story

Our workshop leaders are all wonderful story tellers; most work in multiple forms. Many of our workshops have focused on writing fiction, both short and long forms.  Workshop leaders have included Michael Malone, Craig Nova, John Gregory Brown, Marjorie Hudson and Elizabeth Cox. 

 

Non-fiction

creative non-Fiction, memoir, documentary arts

Sometimes the story is "true" but no less artful.  Workshop leaders with excellent non-fiction credentials have included David Gessner, Philip Gerard, David Payne and Rob Amberg.  

 

Songwriting

writing and performance

Some stories are sung, and great songs tell stories.  Workshop leaders have included Pierce Pettis, Kate Campbell and Tom Kimmel.  Evening song circles showcase each day's work.