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Join Me for a Fall Writing Week in the NC Blue Ridge

Doe Branch Ink is a lovely writers retreat in the North Carolina Blue Ridge, hiking trails, a stream, nice little waterfall, lots of fall color, terrific food! and desks with good views.
Last fall I posted often here about leading a writing-and-critiquing week at Doe Branch Ink; I loved it, and so I'm doing it again and hope you'll consider coming.
The dates are October 30 through November 5.  It's not the usual workshop, with classes day and night; it's a time and place to write and get feedback.  The deal is that I read a piece by each participant before arrival and meet with each person individually to talk about those pages.  There's a once-a-day critique session where people read and get feedback.  The rest of the time is unscheduled and available for writing, thinking, hiking, contemplation, lingering dinner conversation….  It's up to you.
One of last fall's participants had a book contract before the weather warmed up again.  I got a fair amount of writing done myself–and started a sort of meditation I hadn't done before, which I continue these eight months later.   I highly recommend the Doe Branch Ink experience.
For more info or to register, visit Doe Branch Ink — and perhaps have a look at the whole batch of my reports from last year.  Looking at those got me excited about it again.

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  • Joe DesBarres
    August 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm Reply

    Can I attend as a beginner?

    • August 20, 2011 at 10:08 am Reply

      Certainly, Joe. Beginners are welcome. For more info and how to register, go to I hope to see you. Just googled you…are you the voracious reader in Torrance, CA?

  • August 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm Reply

    This sounds wonderful and very, very enticing.  
    I have been sending lots of good energy your way as the east coast scrambles to move out of the way of the impending hurricane!  Please stay safe, Peggy!

    • August 26, 2011 at 8:05 am Reply

      Thanks, Debbie. My office partner just got a call from her daughter in San Francisco saying: come out here to CA where it’s safe.

      Actually, I grew up in Wilmington, NC, which seems to get hit by almost every hurricane. I loved hurricanes as a kid. I worry about Wilmington now.

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