Upcoming Fall 2019 Creative Workshops


Dawn Reno Langley

writing about social justice issues

october 11 - october 14, 2019

As she says in her TEDx talk, "How Creatives can Save the World," Dawn Reno Langley believes that writers not only have the right to speak out about what they feel, they also have the responsibility to speak out for those who cannot represent themselves. She has done so throughout her writing life, with novels about social justice issues like the tuna fishing industry in the South Seas (The Silver Dolphin), the abuse of elephants (The Mourning Parade), and with various essays and blogs about racism and ageism. 

This workshop is for underrepresented voices, for activists, for diverse novelists and memoirists, and  for anyone who writes about what they will fight to the end to protect.

Langley will read 20 pages of each participant’s work, meeting with each participant individually during the workshop. Mornings will be spent on group workshop and one-on-one meetings; afternoons are for writing; and at least once during the weekend, participants will have the opportunity to read their work to the group.

Langley has published in every genre except screenplays, with 32 books to her credit (novels, children’s books, journals, and nonfiction), hundreds of articles, essays, award-winning poetry, and short stories in literary magazines like The Green Mountains Review, Provo Canyon Review, and WomenArts Quarterly. She has won fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Vermont Studio Colony, Weymouth Arts and Humanities Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Langley has taught writers all over the world, acted as academic dean at a small North Carolina college, and currently teaches in the MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. 

Past 2019 Workshops

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Philip gerard

fiction and nonfiction workshop

June 3 - June 7, 2019

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 around dinner time when 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.

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Advanced Fiction

May 13 - May 17, 2019

We are thrilled and honored to offer a workshop with Jill McCorkle, a distinguished and inspiring writer and teacher. This intensive workshop is intended for short- and long-form fiction writers who are ready to share and discuss their work with like-minded peers under Jill’s expert guidance. Participants will share 20 pages of their work in advance, discuss their project in a workshop setting, and meet privately with Jill on their work. Personal writing time and shared meals will round out the session.

Jill 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.


zelda lockhart

fiction and memoir workshop

May 19 - May 26, 2019

Zelda holds a PhD in Expressive Therapies, an MA in Literature and a certificate in writing, directing and editing from the New York Film Academy.  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. She is Director at Her Story Garden Studios: Inspiring Black Women to Self-Define, Heal and Liberate Through the Literary Arts, and Publisher at LaVenson Press: Publishing for Women & Girls of Color. Organizations across the US have recognized Dr. Lockhart’s talent as an inspiring teacher, facilitator and public speaker.


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Course info

Open Enrollment (Limit of 10)

$750 single occupancy

$650 double occupancy

Fees include all meals, refreshments, lodging and tuition.