For Songwriters: Small, Unique Retreat with Tom in May

Calling All Songwriters!

Spend a week with me in May working with your songwriting art, soul and craft in a private, beautiful setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. I was recently given the opportunity to host a small group of writers (maximum of 8) for a retreat May 18-24.

Cost of the week is only $800 to $1400—a real value as tuition includes 6 nights lodging, all meals, instruction and mentoring. Bring your heart, your curiosity and your willingness to learn, grow, relax and enjoy yourself.

What:  Doe Branch Ink Songwriting Retreat with Tom Kimmel
When:  May 18-24, 2014
Where:  Marshall, NC (bordering Pisgah National Forest)
Number of participants:  6-8
Cost:  $800-$1400 per person (all inclusive), depending on *lodging preference

*Single or shared double room in on-site lodge, private or shared bath.

From the Doe Branch Ink website:

Doe Branch Ink is a writers’ retreat located on 50 acres nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina…. We organize facilitated writing experiences for 6 to 8 guests with successful writers in residence who are also proven teachers.

….We welcome writers of all levels to our workshops; what matters is a sense of purpose and willingness to participate in a supportive community. During the week you will have substantial time for individual writing, interactions with a writer-in-residence, evening [sharing] and optional recreational activities.

….Above all, Doe Branch Ink offers time away from daily activities and time to write and talk to others about writing.

A Note from Tom on the Retreat:

Our small circle is open to all songwriters. As we will be a small group, we can be light on our feet—that is, flexible with our approach to work.

My vision for the week includes a short (1-2 hrs) instructional circle each morning. At the end of each session I’ll offer an optional writing assignment. If any participant is bringing a project or work-in-progress that he or she prefers to focus on for the week, they’re welcome to focus on their project-at-hand. Either way, I’ll be available for feedback and assistance, as desired.

Speaking of feedback, I offer it in a clear, warm and supportive way. I have found that quality feedback in a generous community context is most valuable.

Note that we’ll be sharing meals, and there will be other times to socialize, share and converse, as we wish.

Our group will convene late Sunday afternoon, May 18. We’ll get a general orientation to the property by a resident staffer who will be available to us all week. We’ll get acquainted and have an opening reception and dinner.

Before we disband Sunday evening we’ll form our circle and talk briefly about our plan of work for the week (individually and collectively).

Our first formal session will be Monday morning.

For more info on Doe Branch Ink retreats, click HERE.

To view the Doe Branch Ink page for OUR retreat, click HERE.

To view or download a Registration form for our retreat, click HERE.

To get in touch with me directly with questions or concerns, you may email me at or call my assistant Shauna Jamison at 615-513-2404.


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