FCAC Writers’ Retreat Provided Advice, Writing Time in Beautiful Park

Writing time during the Spring Writers' Retreat 2022 at Rolling View State Park. Photo: Donna Campbell Smith
Writing time during the Spring Writers' Retreat 2022 at Rolling View State Park. Photo: Donna Campbell Smith

Franklin County Arts Council Writers’ Guild hosted their annual writers retreat after having to put it on hold two years because of Covid. The all-day event was held at Rolling View State Park at the park community building, and the weather could not have been better.

Author David Halperin
Author David Halperin

David Halperin, author of the popular book Journey of a UFO Investigator, was guest speaker. He challenged the writers to answer the questions of what constitutes success in the mind of the writer, how many people must recognize their talents for it to be enough, and what is their spiritual anchor while they write? He then opened the floor to questions from the participants.

After the program participants dispersed to find some private space in the park for a day of writing. Near the end of the afternoon the writers were invited to read some of what they’d been working on all day.

Guild member Jackie Dove-Miller, poet and spoken word artist, had this to say about the retreat, “There’s something magical for me about this yearly writers’ retreat. The setting is perfect for revving up my creative juices. I also love the sharing that happens at the end of the day. It always feels like a uniform creative exhale.”

Spring Writers' Retreat participants 2022. Source: Makayla Archampbeau
Spring Writers’ Retreat participants 2022. Source: Makayla Archampbeau


Following the retreat, Kim Beall, who is the  guild’s team leader, announced  an upcoming gathering for local writers on the fifth Wednesday in June!

The Writers’ Guild will hold a meet and greet on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 at 10am, at Beaver Dam State Park near Creedmoor at shelter #23. Follow this link (PDF) for a map with the Writers’ Guild meeting address (14600 Creedmoor Road, Wake Forest, NC) and GPS information.

Note that the park charges a $7 per car entry fee. Be prepared to pay this at the rangers’ booth as you enter the park.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guild is invited to come. Bring a lunch, pen and paper and your questions. All levels of writing experience will be at home at this event. Visit the group’s webpage at http://www.fcacarts.org/writers-guild.aspx or updates on their activities.


Source: Writers’ Guild, Franklin County Arts Council

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