2017 Weekend Writing Retreats

in North Carolina with Barbara Lawing

Three Retreats.

At Wildacres Retreat Center, Little Switzerland - for men and women.
At Lake Norman, Mooresville - for women.

At Holden Beach - for women
Details below. The retreats are for writers of all skill levels.


If there are questions not answered below, just be in touch.

Barbara Kidd Lawing





Weekend Writing Retreat at Wildacres


For writers of all skill levels

August 10-13 (three nights)

Wildacres Retreat Center

Little Switzerland, NC (on a mountaintop, near Marion)


Write Wild at Wildacres!

Open to men and women writers of all skill levels.
Need time to write? Need help with crafting your writing? Come to the mountaintop! Get your words on the page effortlessly by writing to prompts and exercises guaranteed to energize the imagination. Fun! Productive! Bring notebook and/or laptop. I am a freelance editor, so I am also happy to address editing questions.

Wildacres Retreat Center is a heavenly place that is gracious and peaceful. It seems to me to have a laid-back elegance. It's located at 1565 Wildacres Rd, Little Switzerland, NC. We stay in a lovely lodge with views toward Mt. Mitchell and dine in a splendid dining hall. Meals are good and healthy, with vegetarian option. Rooms are double occupancy (see note below).  

From 4:00 p.m. Thursday to Sunday morning.

To register, send a $50 deposit, check made to Barbara Lawing. Mail to me at 6211 Jim Kidd Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078. Or pay by Paypal.  
Total cost is $350 (for writing sessions, 3 nights lodging, 8 delicious meals). You pay $50 deposit to hold your spot and the balance of the toal is due upon arrival. Deposit is nonrefunable.

If you require a private room for health reasons, inform me.  There is additional cost for a private room.

Be in touch with questions. I handle all registration and money for the retreat.

Accessibility: If you need a ground floor room (no stairs) let me know.

First writing session is after dinner Thursday. Before then you can settle in, relax, hike a trail.

I look forward to writing with you.



For Women - A Retreat on Lake Norman


Saturday morning Sept 16 - Sunday afternoon, Sept 17
A One-Night Stay and the Delight of Capturing Our Words

A retreat for women lakefront, a short drive from Charlotte. We will write to prompts - and take our writing in the direction of choice.
Have specific questions related to writing? Bring them along.
From 9:45 a.m. Saturday to 1:30 p.m. Sunday - at waterfront home on Lake Norman, Mooresville.
Limited to 5 participants; open to women 18 and above.
Swimming/resting by the lake permitted.
$165 covers writing sessions, three meals, snacks. Saturday evening you need funds for dining out.
Space is limited, so register soon by sending a $40 deposit to Barbara Lawing at 6211 Jim Kidd Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078. Or make payment via Paypal. The deposit is a portion of the total and nonrefundable.
Questions: call Barbara at 704-998-8253.



A Women's Writing Retreat at Holden Beach


November 3 - 5, 2017

Holden Beach, North Carolina


The Art of Winged Words

Come prepared to write - oceanfront! O the joy and glory of it - writing with the surf and waves a few paces away! We begin with prompts that quickly and easily get our words on the page. Write in the direction of your choice: fiction, nonfiction, memoir, journaling or poetry. Next step: We examine what we've written, to identify and/or add details that ensure the writing flies straight to a reader's heart. The process is fun, non-threatening, and suitable for writers of all skill levels.

Holden Beach, NC, is a quiet non-commercialized beach - an island accessible by a short bridge. We stay in a spacious house with a wide porch and rocking chairs overlooking the sea. The island sits east to west, affording us views of sunrise and sunset. Because we're at the beach, we're informal and relaxed.  

Limited to 8 participants.

Most rooms have 2 beds. If you need a private room for health reasons, let me know. Check-in is at 4:00 p.m on Friday, or as soon as you can get there.

Total cost is $258. Fee includes housing and writing sessions. To hold your spot, send a $40 deposit to me at 6211 Jim Kidd Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078. For a private room, total fee is $322. Make check or money order payable to Barbara Lawing, or make payment via paypal. The deposit is a portion of the total and is non-refundable.

We keep food costs minimal at the beach retreat by taking sandwich makings, beverages, cereals, fruit and snacks. We eat well if each person brings small amounts of food, which become communal property once we unpack. Please think healthy, no high sugar content foods. (We focus better on our writing when we eat better. This is a fact, and if you don't believe me, ask about the year someone brought along a bunch of junk food.)

On Saturday evening we divvy up chores and make a candlelit feast. We purchase fresh fish and shrimp from Captain Pete's boat. Our Saturday evening festivity is always a special part of the oceanfront writing retreat since 1991.

About accessibility: You must be able to climb the stairs into the house because oceanfront homes are built on stilts. I'll gladly carry your bags up and there's good railing to hold to. Inside, if your mobility is limited, you may stay in a first floor room and enjoy the beach from a rocking chair on the porch.  


I look forward to writing with you!

Contact me with questions:

Barbara Kidd Lawing