Franklin County, NC: Next FCAC Writers’ Guild Public Retreat is Jun. 30

FCAC Writers' Guild will hold a Retreat & meeting at Falls Lake, Shelter 23. Photo: Donna Campbell Smith
FCAC Writers' Guild will hold a Retreat & meeting at Falls Lake, Shelter 23. Photo: Donna Campbell Smith

The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers’ Guild will host Fifth Wednesday Writing Retreats on the fifth Wednesday of each month that has a fifth Wednesday in it. These Writers’ Guild events are open to all interested writers, and participation is free. Membership is not required, nor is Franklin County residency.

Join these in-person events and learn about the Writers’ Guild, FCAC, and local resources. For the Retreat portion, bring writing supplies (pens, paper, or PC).

The next Fifth Wednesday Writing Retreat is scheduled for Wednesday, June 30, 2021, starting at 10am.


10am — Arrival, meet and greet at Shelter #23 (bring your own refreshments)

10:30am — Disburse for writing time until 12

noon — Meet back at Shelter #23 for lunch (bring your own food and beverages)

     During lunch we will have a brief business meeting

1pm — Share your writing by reading it aloud (in turn, optional)

After the readings, everyone may go forth to write and/or enjoy the park on their own. The park offers a swimming area, fishing pier, hiking trails, and lots of places with picnic tables for writing or communing with nature. The park closes at 9pm.

Visit the Falls Lake State Recreation Area website for details. The Writers’ Guild meeting will take place in Shelter #23, which is located in the Beaverdam Lake Day Use Area. Follow this link (PDF) for a map with the Writers’ Guild meeting address (14600 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC) and GPS information.  Parking is available a short walk from the shelter, which is near the water. Restrooms are nearby, and are likely to be open during the day.

Announcements and details of future Fifth Wednesday Writing Retreats will be posted on the FCAC website and Facebook page.

Note that it is the summer season at Falls Lake, and there may be an entrance fee of up to $7 for individuals/vehicles.

For North Carolina Parks Covid-19 information, visit Social distancing will be observed during Writers’ Guild events and masks are encouraged.

The FCAC Writers’ Guild supports and encourages writers of all genres and levels of expertise. New members are always welcome. FCAC Membership includes Writers’ Guild membership. See membership information at


Source: Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC Writers’ Guild

Ed. Note: Originally published June 9, 2021. Updated June 20.

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