Update: Writers’ Guild “Day Retreat” on May 4 Is Canceled

The writing Day Retreat Location is Rolling View Community Building. Photo: Donna Campbell Smith
The writing Day Retreat Location is Rolling View Community Building. Photo: Donna Campbell Smith



On April 18, 2019, the Writers’ Guild announced that the upcoming Day Retreat is canceled.  Refunds are being issued to those who had already registered.


Below is the event information, originally published February 21, 2019:

Panel of local authors will answer writing and publishing questions

Established and aspiring authors and poets will enjoy a day of writing and networking on the shores of Falls Lake during a retreat hosted by the Franklin County Writers’ Guild, a part of the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC).

This fifth-annual Day Retreat will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9am-5pm, at a “cabin” in the woods located at 4201 Baptist Road, Durham, North Carolina (Rolling View Community building, a part of Falls Lake State Recreational Area). All writers, published or not, members of FCAC or not, are welcome to attend.

Bring writing materials or laptop as private writing time is built into the schedule.

Jackie Dove-Miller participating in a prior year's retreat at the park. Source: Franklin County Arts Council
Jackie Dove-Miller participating in a prior year’s retreat at the park. Source: Franklin County Arts Council

FCAC Writers Guild’s “Six Pack of Authors” — Donna Campbell Smith, Jackie Dove-Miller, Kim Beall, Kathy Bundy, K.F. Whatley, and Micheal Nelson — will be available during a lunchtime panel to address questions about writing and the business of publishing.

Attendees will have the opportunity to read their work to one another at the end of the day.

Beverages will be provided; attendees will need to bring a bag lunch. Be sure to dress for the weather and park/outdoor walking (if desired).

Registration is $30 for FCAC members; $40 for non-members. There is a $7 fee per car to enter the park. Advance registration is required. The registration deadline is April 25, 2019.

For more information and to download the registration form, see the Franklin County Arts Council calendar of events.

Please note that if the park closes for weather or other circumstances, the Day Retreat will be rescheduled.


Lunchtime Panel Discussions

Six authors, all members of Franklin County Arts Council Writers’ Guild, are scheduled for the panel discussion over lunch.

Jackie Dove-Miller — Jackie Dove-Miller is a retired English teacher who lives in Franklin County, NC. Since retiring, she spends her time as a spoken-word artist, playwright, poet and photographer. Jackie was named Franklin County’s “Artist of the Year” in 2013. She has published several books of poetry. She will be launching her newest book at this event: Beauty and Truth: A Buffet of Poetry.

Kathryn Ewers Bundy — Kathy lives and writes in Raleigh. Her novels portray the lives of women in the US from the 1850s until the present. She weaves stories with unexpected characters whose lives don’t always fit the norm but come to life in familiar ways. She lives with her artist wife, Jill, and an assortment of furry friends. Her book titles include: The New Women, Daughters of Buxton, Way Out in Dog Heaven, Haints in the Side Yard, Gaddy’s Song, Treasures Found.

K.F. Whatley — Kay’s writing experience spans 20+ years. Starting with published technical books in the 2000s, moving into news reporting in 2011, she dove into fiction — picking up where her teen self had left off. After publishing fiction and poetry in local literary journals for years, she made the leap to Kindle publishing in 2017, and released her first novel in 2018. Wife of Frank, mother, stepmother, and grandmother, she fills her time with family, writing, and trying not to trip over cats. The title of her novel is Making Corrections.

Kim Beall — Kim is the author of Seven Turns, a contemporary Southern Gothic fantasy with just a touch of romance. She started sneaking into the basement to read her parents’ massive book collection when she was nine years old, and spent her teenage years writing reams of Awesome Novels. This might have worked out better for her if she had not written them during math class. She sincerely believes every adult still yearns, not so deep inside, to find real magic in everyday life.

Donna Campbell Smith — Donna has been a published author and freelance writer for nearly twenty years. Her titles include three historical fiction novels for young readers: Pale as the MoonAn Independent Spirit, and Bear Song. Her grownup’s novel In the Library with the Pruning Shears has recently been followed by a second in her cozy mystery series In the Library with the Dictionary. She will have all of her novels available at the signing. Donna also has four published non-fiction books: The Book of Miniature Horses, The Book of Draft Horses, The Book of Mules and The Book of Donkeys.

Micheal Nelson — Micheal is a lifelong SciFi fan, yet Christian and contrarian, futurist. “What if…?” questions bugged Micheal Lee Nelson until he had to write his answers down. So, began many years of research, brainstorming, and world-building his future Galactic setting, and creating interesting characters who come alive inside those worlds. Now Micheal has written and independently published his first novel. CERES 2525 is a clean read, military space opera; an action adventure saga now available in local Indie bookstores and on Amazon.com.


Source: Ellen Queen (Franklin County Arts Council) and Donna Campbell Smith (Franklin County Writers’ Guild)

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