Our facilitated seasonal retreat programs began in the fall of 2010. Fall 2013 will be our seventh season with accomplished writers and engaged teachers. Enjoy the beautiful spring setting in the company of other dedicated writers! We will be adding additional programs in the weeks ahead, but meanwhile please consider these opportunities,
Sunday, October 13 to Saturday, October 20 with Adrian Rice: Poetry
Sunday, October 20 to Saturday, October 26 with Nancy Peacock: Fiction
Sunday, October 27 to Saturday, November 2 with Philip Gerard: Fiction and Creative Non-fiction
We will announce Spring 2014 workshops in January.
Bill Roorbach and DBI Writers, Spring 2012
Photo by David Gessner
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 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.