New Fall Date for FCAC Writers Guild Writers Retreat

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.

By Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council

Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers Guild is happy to announce their Writer’s Retreat has been rescheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 9am until 5pm, at Rolling View Community Building, Falls Lake State Park, Durham NC.

The retreat, originally planned for a spring event had to be canceled because of flooding at the park. The new date allows participants to enjoy a day to write on the shore of the lake enhanced with fall foliage. Guild members suggest writers bring their cameras in addition to their pen and notepads.

All writers, new and experienced are welcome.

The retreat also offers two writers workshops and a chance to network with other writers. New York Times best-selling author Diane Chamberlain will open the event with her workshop titled “How a Social Worker became a New York Times Best Selling Novelist in Only Thirty Years.”

Deana Vassar, who is an Amherst Writers and Artists Facilitator and award-winning writer, will close the day with her presentation, “The Amherst Method, Creating a Safe Environment for the Writer.”

Fees to attend the retreat are $30 for FCAC members / $40 for non-members. There is a $6/car fee to enter the park. Participants should bring a bag lunch. Beverages will be provided. Deadline to register is October 15, 2017.

For more information and to request a registration form email Donna Campbell Smith at FCAC.

To navigate to the location, 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.

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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