Ola Belle Reed Song Writer’s Retreat Application

The Ashe County Arts Council
Ola Belle Reed Song Writer’s Retreat Application
Ole Belle Reed Song Writer's Retreat

April 17-19, 2020

Friday 10 am thru Sunday 5pm

The Ashe County Arts Council welcomes the fifth annual Ola Belle Reed Song Writer’s Retreat to the Ashe Civic Center on April 17-19. Songwriter and musician Cathy Fink along with Tom Paxton, Alice Gerrard, Jon Weisberger and Marcy Marxer will lead a weekend of songwriting workshops, individual instruction and critique, student showcase and an evening concert with instructors to fill a weekend of song-writing inspiration.

Meet Our Teaching Artists

Cathy Fink

Alice Gerrard

Tom Paxton

Jon Weisberger

Marcy Marxer

The Writer’s Retreat goals are to honor Ashe County’s Ola Belle Reed as a songwriter, storyteller and humanist who used her craft and art to build community and love, to connect traditional music and story to contemporary songwriting that builds on that tradition, and to use Ola Belle’s songs and life as a springboard for teaching songwriting with intention.

Tuition includes instruction and hospitality Friday through Sunday. It does not include accommodations or meals. For lodging suggestions, go to the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce website ashechamber.com

$300.00 adults, $150.00 for students

A limited number of partial financial assistance stipends are available on a first come-first serve basis. To apply for assistance, send a letter describing your experience, background, financial need and aspirations for the Song Writer’s Retreat.

Register and Payment Here

*Tentative Schedule
*Subject to change

    Friday, April 17 – Ashe Civic Center

  • 10:00 Meet and Greet
  • 11:00 – 12:30 Workshop Sessions
  • 12:30 – 1:30 Lunch on your Own
  • 1:45 – 3:00 Workshop Sessions
  • 3:15 – 4:45 Group Session
  • 5:30 Meal
  • 7:30 Song Swap/Open Mic
  • Friday, April 18 – Ashe Civic

  • 10:00 – 11:30 Individual instruction
  • 11:30-1:00 Workshop Session
  • 1:00-2:00 Lunch on your own
  • 2:00 – 3:15 Workshop Session
  • 4:00 – 7:00 - Open time for writing, resting, jamming and eating
  • 7:30 - Teaching Songwriters in Concert
  • Sunday, April 19

  • 10- 11:00 Group session
  • 11-12 Individual instruction
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on our own
  • 1:00 Sound check and organize student showcase
  • 2:00 Student Showcase Concert
  • 5:00 Goodbye and Happy Writing