Writers’ Retreat

Troublesome Creek Writers’ Retreats offer a fun and relaxing weekend on the Hindman Settlement School campus during our most beautiful seasons, fall and spring. Facilitated by beloved faculty members of the Appalachian Writers Workshop, these retreats are kept small so that attendees can write in community, without the demands of a structured workshop. Here is an opportunity to write, read, and fellowship, away from the hustle of everyday life.

The 2019 Fall Writers’ Retreat will take place November 8-10, 2019.


Tentative Schedule

Friday, November 8
6:00pm Registration/Check-In Mullins Center
7:00pm Dinner Mullins Center-Dining Hall
8:00pm Orientation Stucky
Saturday, November 9
10:00am Session I Stucky
12:00pm Lunch Mullins Center-Dining Hall
3:00pm Session II Stucky
6:00pm Dinner Mullins Center-Dining Hall
Sunday, November 10
9:30am Readings Stucky
12:00pm Check-Out/Departure

Facilitator Bio

Facilitator Bio

Doug Van Gundy

Doug Van Gundy directs the low-residency MFA creative writing program at West Virginia Wesleyan College. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, The Oxford American, Ecotone,Appalachian Heritage, and STILL: The Journal.  His first collection of poems, A Life Above Water, is published by Red Hen Press.  He is co-editor of the anthology Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods: Contemporary Writing from West Virginia.

In addition to writing and teaching, Doug plays fiddle, guitar and mandolin in the acclaimed old-time music duo, Born Old.



The cost for a Writers’ Retreat is $165 for double occupancy or $195 for single occupancy, which includes two dinners, one lunch, and light refreshments throughout your stay.

About Campus

About Campus

In order to maximize their experience at the retreat, it is recommended that participants stay in campus housing.

The campus is hilly, and there will be some walking during the retreat. Please detail any mobility issues or concerns during the registration process and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Rooms are simple but comfortable. Bed linens and towels are provided. There are no telephones or TVs. A small, shared refrigerator is available.

All buildings are smoke-free.

Pets, firearms, and alcohol are prohibited on School property.

Our dining hall offers traditional and vegetarian meal options. Please indicate your dietary preference during the registration process.