August 27-31, 2018 at Wildacres Retreat, Little Switzerland, NC
Table Rock Writers Workshop

This open-hearted writing program for adults is an intensive, small-group learning experience designed to stretch participants' creative capacities and knowledge in a supportive and noncompetitive environment.

Instructors are chosen not only for their distinguished professional credentials, but also for their skill in building a learning community where the joy of new discovery is primary. 

Because writing is very hard work, we also reserve time for relaxation, recreation and reflection.
The mission of Table Rock is:

 To provide a generous, supportive environment for adult writers at all levels of experience to reflect on the challenges and rewards of writing and to focus on improving their craft.

 To offer first-rate instruction across genres with an emphasis on identifying, shaping, and polishing each participant's distinctive voice and material.

 To foster a spirit of community where all participants may receive an honest and sensitive appraisal of their works in progress.
Table Rock Writers Workshop grew out of the 30-year-old Duke University Writers Workshop when it was discontinued in 2010. We are a growing community of friends and colleagues.  Please join us!
2018 Faculty and Workshop Sections  
Choose one of the six workshop sections listed below
A Course in Freewriting with Abigail DeWitt
Free-writing is the foundation of everything I teach and everything I write.  It’s a way of discovering your strongest, most vivid... READ MORE
with Phillip Shabazz
Phillip Shabazz’s skills as a teacher of poets of all ages is legendary. He has worked in hundreds of classrooms across the region, encouraging writers to get in touch with their own particular material and inspiring them with his own poems. We are thrilled to welcome him back to Table Rock this year. Don’t miss this chance...READ MORE 

with John Claude Bemis 
The stories we read in childhood shape our lives.They transform us.They expose us to unforgettable characters, places, and struggles. Together we’ll explore... READ MORE

Using Whatever is Tugging at Your Life
with Judy Goldman “If something is tugging at your life, you use it,” choreographer Judith Jamison said. In this workshop (geared to both beginning and advanced writers – geared to new participants, as well as those who’ve been in my workshop before), you’ll learn how to craft your personal essays or memoir into... READ MORE 

NOVEL STRATEGIES  with Darnell Arnoult  
No matter where you are in your novel, something is probably worrying you about how it is or isn't coming together or about how effective your process could be if you could just get a little insight from an experienced mentor...READ MORE

Special Faculty Extra!
Novelist and editor Dawn Shamp returns to Table Rock as editor-in-residence for 2017 workshop prose writers.This is a complement to the work every writer encounters in the workshops.Participants can schedule time with Dawn . . .READ MORE