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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


KAREN MCELMURRAY

CREATIVE NONFICTION

Karen writes both fiction and creative nonfiction. Her memoir, Surrendered Child, won the AWP Award Series for Creative Nonfiction and was listed as a “notable book” by the National Book Critics Circle.

WILLIAM HENRY PRICE

Drawing

William taught painting and design at Seton Hall University for seven years before becoming co-director of the Cross-Cultural Institute in New York, a non-profit dedicated to inter-cultural cooperation and exchange. More recently he has taught Contemporary Art History and Drawing at Western Carolina University.

TOM KIMMEL

SONGWRITING

Tom Kimmel returns to Doe Branch Ink in the spring of 2015.   Last year’s workshop was inspiring and productive — and fun.  This is a great opportunity to learn and share in a great environment.  Tom will challenge you and bring out your best!