Sunday Afternoon May 27 to Saturday Morning June 2

Philip Gerard returns to Doe Branch Ink to offer a relaxing immersion experience in writing and workshop. Mornings will be reserved for writing, followed by an afternoon workshop to discuss fiction and nonfiction manuscripts of participants; then a casual gathering over beverages where we’ll discuss matters related to writing and publishing and songwriting—and whatever else comes up.

At least one evening we’ll have music: Gerard will share songs from his 2016 album American Anthem (a complimentary copy to each participant) as well as by other songwriters. Participants are invited to present their own music, sing along, or just listen and enjoy.

Philip Gerard is a Professor in the Creative Writing program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction program at Goucher College. His many publications include fiction, nonfiction, advice for writers, and a CD of his music. His most recent books are The Art of Creative Research: A Field Guide for Writers (2017), The Dark of the Island (novel 2016), Down the Wild Cape Fear—A River Journey Through the Heart of North Carolina (nonfiction 2013), and The Patron Saint of Dreams (essays 2012). You'll want to be sure to register now to join Philip Gerard and fellow writers for a week of inspiration and accomplishment at Doe Branch. 

Rob Amberg



Sunday Afternoon June 3 to Saturday Morning June 9

Singer, songwriter, entertainer, poet and teacher, Tom Kimmel is all of these things and more.

Since 1980 dozens of Tom’s compositions have been recorded by a host of major artists, including Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Art Garfunkel and Randy Travis. They’ve been featured in films from Twins to Serendipity and Runaway Bride, and in television shows from Captain Kangaroo and Touched By An Angel to Dawson’s Creek.

An award-winning artist in his own right, he has released seven solo albums, published a book of poems and led songwriting workshops and classes around the country and in Europe.

This will be Tom’s fourth Doe Branch Ink workshop, and we encourage you to register early to be part of an inspiring, music-filled week with a great teacher and other talented writers, singers and players.


creative writing -- FICTION and Nonfiction


Sunday Afternoon June 10 to Saturday Morning June 16

Marjorie Hudson teaches for writers’ groups and conferences 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, from beginners to post-MFA, and her workshops focus on building a writing community that provides a supportive network and useful critique. Hudson holds an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College and has received fellowships from Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, CA), Ucross Foundation (Ucross, WY), the Hemingway Foundation, Hedgebrook (Whidbey Island, WA), and the North Carolina Arts Council.

She is author of two books that explore strangers in strange lands, from contemporary to historical times. Accidental Birds of the Carolinas (stories) was a PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention for Distinguished First Fiction, and Searching for Virginia Dare, a mosaic of memoir, fiction, and history, unravels the mysteries of England’s lost colony of Roanoke Island and its firstborn daughter. Her background is in natural history magazine writing and editing, with positions at National Parks and American Land Forum.

This will be Marjorie's fourth Doe Branch workshop. A generous and experienced teacher, Marjorie helps each writer bring out his or her very best.  




Sunday Afternoon June 17 to Saturday Morning June 23

Poet and memoirist, Charlotte Matthews will offer The Miner’s Lamp, an exploration into poetry and memoir. In much the same way that a miner’s lamp is a durable tool to illuminate the treasure for which the miner searches, this workshop will be a way for participants to locate and light the lamp that will shine upon the treasures of story and poem they already carry. This meaningful and mirthful workshop will include writing prompts, sharing, feedback, writing strategies and time for personal writing. There will also be opportunity for informal talk over some games and drinks and shared meals.

Charlotte Matthews is author of three poetry collections and a forthcoming memoir. Recently, her work has appeared in such journals as American Poetry Review, The Mississippi Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Story South. Her honors include fellowships from The Chatauqua Institute, The Sewanee Writers Conference, The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts.   She holds an M.F.A from Warren Wilson College and teaches writing in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at the University of Virginia.  She also runs writing workshops for women impacted by cancer at the Emily Couric Cancer Center and online through  Whistle Words.  Charlotte lives outside Charlottesville with her husband, her two children, a black lab, and a hive of honey bees.