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 2020 Spring Writers’ Retreat will take place March 27-29, 2020.


Tentative Schedule

Friday, March 27
5:30pm Registration/Check-In Mullins Center
6:00pm Dinner Mullins Center-Dining Hall
8:00pm Orientation Stucky
Saturday, March 28
10:00am Brunch Mullins Center-Dining Hall
11:00am Session I Stucky
3:00pm Session II Stucky
6:00pm Dinner Mullins Center-Dining Hall
Sunday, March 29
8:00am Breakfast Mullins Center-Dining Hall
9:30am Readings Stucky
12:00pm Check-Out/Departure

Facilitator Bio

Facilitator Bio

Annette Clapsaddle

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) resides in Qualla, NC. She holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her debut novel, Even As We Breathe (The University Press of Kentucky) is scheduled to release fall of 2020. Her first novel manuscript, Going to Water is winner of The Morning Star Award for Creative Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium (2012), a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (2014). After serving as Executive Director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Annette (National Board Certified since 2012) returned to teaching English and Cherokee Studies at Swain County High School. She is co-editor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Writers Network.



The cost for a Writers’ Retreat is $175 for double occupancy or $205 for single occupancy, which includes two dinners, one brunch, one breakfast, 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.

Register for the Spring 2020 Writers' Retreat! March 27 - 29, 2020