Deadline Approaching for Writers Retreat (Updated)

Writers Retreat Location is Rolling View Community Building. Photo Source: Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC.
Writers Retreat Location is Rolling View Community Building. Photo Source: Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC.

*UPDATE: This event was rescheduled due to flooding at the park. New date information.


By Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council

The deadline, April 15, 2017, is approaching to register for the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writer’s Guild fifth-annual Writers’ Retreat on May 6, 2017. To request a registration form, email Donna Campbell Smith.

The retreat will be held at Rolling View Community building at 4201 Baptist Road, Durham NC — the GPS coordinates are: 36.0048, -78.7273. Rolling View is a part of Falls Lake Recreational Park from 9am until 5pm. The day will include workshops, writing time, and readings. All writers, new and experienced are welcome.

Best-selling novelist, Diane Chamberlain will be a guest speaker with a program titled “How a Social Worker became a New York Times Best Selling Novelist in Only Thirty Years.” Deana Vassar will close the day with her presentation, “The Amherst Method, Creating a Safe Environment for the Writer.”

Fees are $30 for FCAC members, $40 for non-members, or a $50 special which includes FCAC membership through November 2017. There is a $6 per car fee to enter the park. Participants should bring a bag lunch; beverages will be provided.


Ed. Note: See this article with additional details on this day retreat and keynote speaker.

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Donna Campbell Smith, an author based in Franklinton NC, worked in the horse industry for over thirty years as an instructor, trainer, breeder, and writer. She has an AAS Degree in Equine Technology from Martin Community College and is a certified riding instructor. Smith has written four non-fiction books on equine management: The Book of Donkeys, (The Lyons Press 2016) The Book of Miniature Horses (The Lyons Press 2005), The Book of Draft Horses (The Lyons Press 2007), and The Book of Mules (The Lyons Press 2009). All her books are available at or ask for them at a bookstore near you. Donna is a member of Franklin County Arts Council. Visit her website at