Sunday May 21st to Saturday May 27th

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 June 11th to Saturday June 17th

Kate Campbell has been described as a “world-class singer-songwriter” and her 18 albums attest to her considerable gifts as a vocalist. Raised the daughter of a Baptist preacher in the Mississippi Delta who came of age during the Civil Rights Era, Kate is also rooted in the region’s strong storytelling tradition: Her lyrics have drawn comparisons to Welty, Faulkner, O’Connor and other Southern literary giants.

Her list of collaborators and admirers reads like a Who’s Who of singer-songwriters, including Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, Maura O’Connell, John Prine, Mac McAnally, Buddy Miller, and Spooner Oldham.

Above all, Kate is also a sought-after guide, teacher, and collaborator who tailors her workshops to each individual attendee’s needs. She describes her plans for Doe Branch Ink as, “a songwriting retreat that will be whatever the week needs to be for each person.” She’ll look to foster gatherings, individual meetings, and co-writing. On at least one evening during the week the group will have the option of going into nearby Marshall to hear and play live music.

This will be Kate’s second 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 June 18th to Saturday June 24th

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.