Writers’ Retreat

Troublesome Creek Writers’ Retreats are a fun and interesting experience offered a couple of times a year in the spring and late fall seasons on the Hindman Settlement School campus. The retreats are facilitated by various writers associated with Hindman Settlement School. While these relaxing retreats don’t serve as a structured writing workshop, most of the retreat time is set aside for writing in a peaceful environment away from the hustle of everyday life.

The 2019 Spring Writers’ Retreat will take place April 12-14, 2019 and will be facilitated by writer Dana Wildsmith.


Tentative Schedule

Friday, April 12
6:00pm Registration/Check-In Mullins Center
7:00pm Dinner Mullins Center-Dining Hall
8:00pm Orientation Stucky
Saturday, April 13
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, April 14
9:30am Readings Stucky
12:00pm Check-Out/Departure

Facilitator Bio

Facilitator Bio

Dana Wildsmith grew up in south Georgia, the daughter of a Methodist minister who was active in working for social justice. She attended college wherever her Navy husband’s career took them, finally obtaining a B.A. in Sociology from Virginia Wesleyan College. In 1999, she returned to her family’s land in north Georgia, where she and her extended family work to preserve a 125-year-old family farm in the midst of encroaching development. She teaches English to adults of many nationalities in the English Literacy Program of the Adult Literacy Program of Lanier Technical College.

In 1992, Wildsmith was named a Poetry Fellow in the South Carolina Academy of Authors, and her second chapbook, Annie, won the Palanquin Press competition of the University Of South Carolina, Aiken. She has worked as a Writer-in-Residence for the Devil’s Tower National Monument and the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. She worked as an Artist In the Schools for the South Carolina Humanities Department. She teaches poetry workshops throughout the United States. Her poems and essays have been widely published in both literary and commercial journals, including Yankee, The Kentucky Poetry Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. She is among the writers featured in the University Press of Kentucky’s Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia. Her other published works are: Alchemy, Our Bodies Remember, Choices (an audio collection), One Good Hand, and Back to Abnormal.



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.

Register for the Spring 2019 Writers' Retreat! April 12 - 14, 2019