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      TheWritingCircle@laughingheartlodge     July 28-31 ~ Hot Springs, NC

    Memoir and Creative Nonfiction are the focus of July's Writing Circle Workshop (poetry, fiction, spiritual essay and other creative mayhem welcome to burst forth). Laughing Heart Lodge
    Our setting is
    Laughing Heart Lodge, a haven for writers to revel in mercy, moonshine and the raw power of Appalachia. The Writing Circle is designed for writers of all levels to explore stories waiting to be told. You can sign up for the one day *Saturday Memoir Session or immerse  yourself in the exquisitely tangled roots
    of the full workshop experience.

    Writing Circle Workshop:(limited space) Let your muse go sky high and valley deep in the HOT SPRINGS, NCfunky mountain town of Hot Springs. Your creative spirit can get lost on the Applachian Trail, swing low in a hammock or hunker down with a local brew at Spring Creek Tavern. Dinner is on your own - enjoy one of the restaurants within walking distance of the lodge. Evenings are for swapping stories, lingering with new friends - or find a quiet corner to write, dream, and reflect.

     Writing Circle Workshop Schedule
    Friday Evening Gathering (swap stories and moonshine)

    Saturday Session (free writes and wordplay jumpstart your muse)

    Sunday (testify to the sacred and profane of your life's journey)
    Monday Morning (individual morning debriefs) 

    *Saturday Memoir Session 10 A.M.– 4 P.M.  An energy infused day of The Writing Circle includes free writes, speed writes and wordplay with the bonus of mountain views, rocking chairs. Optional byob front porch Happy Hour for day writers wanting to stay a little longer.

    about merrill:

    Creative Instigator


    Asheville Connection
    Deanne Yartz
    To contact Deanne
    713.826.7823 or  She offers spiritual direction and dream work through her Asheville practice and would love to answer any questions or provide area/travel information for you.

                                                            TUITION FEES

    Writing Circle Workshop: (Friday - Monday) Breakfast / Morning & afternoon writing sessions/ Lunch / Optional evening gatherings  (500.00)  

    *Saturday Session
    Morning & afternoon writing sessions / Lunch included (150.00)

    Use link below PayPal link for no-fee payment option

    Or pay via credit card - no fee if full balance paid by 6/1/17

    Writing Circle Workshop

    Workshop Tuition

     Saturday Memoir Session (150.00)



    Check workshop venue via above link. The lodge has filled but contact innkeeper Karen Moore for a private room in the Hiker Hostel - mention you are with The Writing Circle. 704-608-3211 or

    More lodging down the road at Iron Horse Station   - I have stayed there and been cozy.