Philip Gerard

Philip Gerard

Philip Gerard is professor of creative writing at UNC Wilmington.  An experienced classroom and workshop teacher, he has published several books of both fiction and creative non-fiction.   His most recent book is Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina (2013)

He is the author of three novels: Hatteras Light, nominated for the Ernest Hemingway Prize, Cape Fear Rising, Desert Kill, and four other books of nonfiction, including Brilliant Passage, and Creative Nonfiction– Researching and Crafting Stories of Real Life, which was a selection of the Book-of-the-Month and Quality Paperback Book Clubs. He has also written and produced documentaries for radio, television and film.

On teaching, he writes “Teaching is the humblest profession. Good teaching is not just competency but an attitude of energetic, open-minded exploration—a driving curiosity, an eagerness to be surprised, and a willingness to be proven wrong. It is risky. I find most success when I talk across the table—first among equals.”

Join Philip Gerard and fellow writers for a week of inspiration and accomplishment at Doe Branch.  Creative non-fiction and memoir writers are especially encouraged to attend.