(Schedule in Progress)





Monday Afternoon May 13th to Friday Morning May 17th

We are thrilled and honored to offer a Master Class workshop with Jill McCorkle, a distinguished and inspiring writer and teacher. She has published five novels and four collections of short stories to critical acclaim. She has taught at Harvard, Tufts, Brandeis, UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, Bennington and Sewanee. Five of her books have been named New York Times notable books. McCorkle has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

Admission to this Master Class workshop will be selective, and fees are currently TBD.



Sunday Afternoon May 19th to Saturday Morning May 25th

Zelda Lockhart is an experienced teacher and writer. Her latest book, The Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript takes readers on the emotional, psychological and spiritual journey of utilizing personal stories to transform their lives while completing a work of fiction, memoir or poetry. Lockhart is author of novels Fifth Born, a Barnes & Noble Discovery selection and a Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award finalist, Cold Running Creek a Black Caucus of the American Library Association Honor Fiction Awardee, and Fifth Born II: The Hundredth Turtle, 2011 Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her fiction, poetry, and essays appear in several anthologies as well as in periodicals like Chautauqua, Obsidian II, and USAToday.com.



Sunday Afternoon June 1st to Saturday Morning June 8th

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. 


creative writing -- FICTION and Nonfiction


Sunday Afternoon June 9th to Saturday Morning June 15th

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 fifth Doe Branch workshop. A generous and experienced teacher, Marjorie helps each writer bring out his or her very best.