Our facilitated seasonal retreat programs began in the fall of 2010.   Fall 2014 will be our ninth season with accomplished writers and engaged teachers.  Enjoy the beautiful fall setting in the company of other dedicated writers!

Fall 2014

Rachel Richardson, Poetry, October 9 to October 12 (New Weekend Intensive Format)

Philip Gerard, Creative Writing, October 16 to October 19 (Weekend Intensive)

Vicki Lane, Novel Workshop, October 19 to October 25


Bill Roorbach and DBI Writers, Spring 2012

Photo by David Gessner

Elizabeth Cox and DBI Writers at Zuma Bluegrass Jam

Singer-Songwriter Pierce Pettis Led the First DBI Songwriting Workshop

Programs  include substantial time for individual writing, daily group workshops,  interactions with a writer in residence, evening readings and optional recreational activities.   The response from writers and participants alike has been great.   We can  host 6 to 8 work shop participants per session.  We welcome writers of all levels to our workshops; what matters is a clear sense of purpose and willingness to participate in a supportive community.  Fees vary by accommodation (single v. double, private v. shared bath, etc.) and include room, board and program fees.  Meals are provided by a local restaurant that specializes in simple, healthy fare drawing on the local organic farms of  Madison County.   If you are interested in a stay outside the workshop period, please see the rental page.  Our site is a great place for an individual or family retreat or for readers’ and writers’ groups.

Participants in week-long workshops are invited to arrive Sunday afternoon after 3:00 p.m.  in time to get settled and enjoy an opening reception for all workshop participants and the writer-in-residence.   The workshop will close Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.   Fall workshops are held in October and November amidst fall colors, warm days and cool evenings.  Spring workshops are in May and June, with mountain laurel and rhododendron in full bloom.

Weekend intensive workshops begin with dinner on Thursday and end after breakfast on Sunday.