Academic Writing Retreat

Earthshine Lodge | Lake Toxaway NC

For University and College Faculty

The challenges of the past year have made it difficult to find time to focus on research and writing. There is nothing quite like trying to find quiet time to write while quarantined at home with virtual schooling kids and no dedicated office space. Earthshine Lodge offers a private, comfortable and dedicated space to write and a community of faculty to support and encourage writing progress and goals – all in the natural beauty of Lake Toxaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains. This three day immersive writing retreat includes dedicated writing time, professional workshops, and opportunities to connect with a supportive faculty community. This is your time – the itinerary is optional  and time spent in break-outs or time spent with other writers is by choice.  

Tuesday, April 13th

Check-in begins at 1pm so that guests may get settled and have the afternoon to write. Late afternoon, we will host a welcome reception for the chance to meet your retreat hosts, connect with your colleagues, and set intentions for your writing time. Dinner will be served in the common area followed by time to write, gather around our indoor or outdoor fireplaces (or both!). 

Wednesday, April 14th

We keep you fueled for writing with a hearty breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks throughout the day so that you can write unencumbered. Strengthen your focus throughout the day with morning yoga, guided meditation, and/or guided nature hikes. Several optional breakout sessions are offered throughout the day, guided by your retreat host, Katherine Scott Crawford.

Thursday, April 15th

Optional morning activities are offered again for early risers. Breakfast is provided before more writing time and a breakout session on reviewing accomplishments and setting accountabilities for after the retreat. The retreat ends midday after saying goodbye to colleagues and wrapping up the experience.

Learn more by checking out our Frequently Asked Questions

2021 Guest Host - Katherine Scott Crawford

Katherine Scott Crawford is a writer, newspaper columnist, speaker and lecturer, recovering academic, and former adjunct professor. She holds degrees in English from Clemson University, the College of Charleston and The Citadel, and a MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is author of the historical novel Keowee Valley. Her essays have appeared in Appalachian Review, the Santa Fe Writers ProjectSouth Loop Review, and more. Katherine’s parenting/outdoor life columns can be found in newspapers across the United States and abroad, including U.S.A. TodayThe Greenville News (S.C.), the Asheville Citizen-Times (N.C.), The Detroit Free PressThe Herald (Scotland), etc. She is Founder and Director of MountainTop Writers Retreats: seasonal retreats crafted for writers and creatives at varying stages in their careers and journeys. A former backpacking guide, she’s an avid hiker and travel junkie who lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband, daughters, and dog. When everyone is really quiet, she works on her next historical novel.

Make Time to Focus on Your Research

The Spring 2021 Academic Writing Retreat includes a private room at Earthshine Lodge for two nights and all meals onsite. All activities and breakout sessions are optional and included in the price. 

The retreat rate is $650 per person for a single room. If you plan on sharing a room with a colleague, the rate is $450 per person. Please include this information in the notes section when you book. Due to Covid-19 concerns, please do not request a shared room rate unless you have planned ahead of time to share with a colleague.

Check out our FAQs for more retreat information. 

Reserve with our online reservation system or call 828-862-4207.