TK’s 4th Annual Doe Branch Ink Writers Retreat

A Small, Unique Writers Retreat with Tom Kimmel, June 3-9, 2018

Calling All Songwriters!

Spend a week with me in June working with your songwriting art and soul and in a private, beautiful setting in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Our past retreats have been so sweet we’ve made it an annual event!


The Scoop

I will host a small group (12 max) of writers for a week of hands-on writing, sharing, relaxing and celebrating our creative spirits.

Cost of the week is $800 to $1400, which includes 6 nights’ lodging, first-rate catered meals, tailored instruction and one-on-one mentoring. Bring your heart, your curiosity and your willingness to explore, hone your skills and enjoy yourself.

What:  Doe Branch Ink Songwriting Retreat with Tom Kimmel
When:  June 3-9, 2018
Where:  near *Marshall, NC (bordering Pisgah National Forest)
Max. Number of participants:  12 (max)
Cost: ** $800-$1400 per person (all inclusive), depending on *lodging preference

*Marshall, NC is about 30 minutes north of Asheville.

**$800 per person for shared double room in on-site lodge, private or shared bath. Price varies for single rooms according to location, size and amenities. (Top cost of $1400 is for the master BR in the Lodge.)

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 circle is open to all songwriters (and poets). As we will be a small group, we can be flexible with our approach to work.

Our daily schedule will include a short instructional circle each morning, followed by an writing assignment with (or without) a collaborator for the day’s work. FYI I’ll be participating as well. I love the challenge!

If any participant is bringing a project or work-in-progress that he or she prefers to focus on, they’re welcome to work with their ongoing project. Either way, I’ll be available for feedback and assistance, as time allows.

After dinner most nights we’ll circle up again to share some of our day’s work–and to simply have a good time sharing songs.

Note that we usually head into Marshall one evening for dinner (included) and a sampling of first-rate local traditional music—a favorite time of mine.


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 immensely valuable!

Note that we’ll be having delicious, healthy, catered meals, and there will be plenty of other time to socialize and hang… or for quiet time alone as we wish.

Our group will convene late Sunday afternoon, June 3. We’ll get a general orientation to the property by host/proprietor Jim Roberts (a great guy)—and Jim will be available to us all week. We’ll get acquainted and have an opening reception and dinner.

Before we head off to our beds on 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 the following morning after breakfast, and we’ll depart after breakfast on Saturday, June 9.

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

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

Note: If you’re curious or interested and want to contact me directly with questions or concerns, you can email me at…   




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