April 21-23, 2023

A weekend in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina teaching songwriting with intention.

The Ola Belle Reed Song Writer’s Retreat pays tribute to Ola Belle Reed, Ashe County, North Carolina’s National Heritage Fellowship Award and IBMA Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

North Carolina and nationally renowned songwriters on staff are excited to share their techniques in craft and art with you. Whether you are an experienced songwriter or about to write your first song, these retreats will help you add skills to your own magic, with detailed concepts, practice and instruction. 

The retreat will include workshops/lectures, song swaps, jam sessions, critiques, instructor concert, student showcase and more.  2023 Retreat instructors: Cathy Fink, Crys Matthews, and Tom Paxton.

Registration Details

The retreat will be held in person at the Ashe Civic Center and  Ashe Arts Center.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION (until Jan. 1, 2023): $325 adult, $150 student

REGULAR REGISTRATION: $375 adult, $150 student

Tuition assistance and limited partial scholarships are available contact info@ashecountyarts.org for more information.

Tuition will include instruction and hospitality Friday-Sunday. It does not include accommodations or meals. For information about accommodations and food options please visit www.ashechamber.com


Retreat Details

Covid Protocols: Masks are currently optional but encouraged in Arts Council venues. Participants must be flexible to mandatory masking as the protocols could change based on recommendations of the local health department and government.

Location: Ashe Civic Center, West Jefferson, NC

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Questions? Contact the Arts Council at 336-846-2787 or by email at info@ashecountyarts.org.