Winston Groom Heads Stellar Literary Lineup for
Inaugural The Writer’s High Retreat at High Hampton Inn
April 24 - 26, 2015
Author Winston Groom returns to the tranquil mountain setting where he penned parts of Forrest Gump, this time as the guest of honor heading an all-star lineup of literary talent for the inaugural The Writer’s High Retreat at the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers, NC. The Writer’s High Retreat will be held April 24 - 26, 2015.
Joining Groom for two days of presentations, panel discussions and workshops will be a cadre of today’s top literary talent, including 2013 Georgia Author of the Year, Kimberly Brock; award-winning author, poet and founder of the acclaimed Zona Rosa creative writing workshop, Rosemary Daniell; best-selling novelist, Cassandra King; and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, author, writing coach and former journalist Jedwin Smith.
“High Hampton Inn has long been known as a destination that inspires people to reconnect – with friends, family, nature and their creative spirit, so when one of our longtime guests, writer and editor Mari Ann Stefanelli, approached me with the idea of a hosting a writer’s retreat, it was a perfect fit,” said Clifford Meads, General Manager of the High Hampton Inn.
“I wanted to share the writer's high I experienced during my many visits to High Hampton Inn with the writing community,” said Mari Ann. “The vistas, the altitude, the relaxed environment all come together in an almost magical alchemy to inspire effortless creativity – the writer’s high.”
In this informal, bucolic setting, writers will have plenty of free time to find their own writer’s high as well as learn from the panelists and speakers how to maintain it when they return to the real world.
Speakers, Panelists and Coaches for the event include:
Guest of Honor: Winston Groom, American novelist and non-fiction author who has written more than 14 books, is best known for his book Forrest Gump, which was adapted into a film in 1994. His latest work, The Aviators, has received critical acclaim for its portrayal of three extraordinary aviators – Charles Lindbergh, Eddie Rickenbacker, and Jimmy Doolittle – and how they redefine heroism through their genius, daring, and uncommon courage.
Kimberly Brock, Kimberly Brock is the award-winning author of The River Witch (Bell Bridge Books, 2012). A former actor and special needs educator, Kimberly is the recipient of the Georgia Author of the Year 2013 Award. Attendees will get a sneak peek at the techniques Brock uses in her new Tinderbox Writers Workshop, a salon-like workshop designed to help reconnect writers with their creative self through awareness, movement, and an environment that encourages them to find their true north, and embrace their gifts and unique voice, while fostering resilience.
Rosemary Daniell, Rosemary Daniell has been at the forefront of the Southern writing community for over thirty years, with eight books and more than a dozen awards to her credit. Her recently completed third memoir is My Beautiful Tigers: A Maverick Mother’s Journey. Her earlier memoirs, Fatal Flowers and Sleeping with Soldiers, were forerunners of the current memoir trend. One of the country's finest writing coaches, she founded Zona Rosa, the creative writing workshop she leads in Savannah, Atlanta, and cities throughout the world. Over 150 Zona Rosans are now published authors.
Cassandra King, Cassandra King is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels: Making Waves, The Sunday Wife, The Same Sweet Girls, Queen of Broken Hearts, and Moonrise, as well as numerous short stories, essays and articles. In fact, Moonrise is set in the Highlands of North Carolina and follows a character who embarks on a tryst at High Hampton Inn. A native of L. A. (Lower Alabama), Cassandra resides in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Jedwin Smith, Jedwin Smith is presently working on a Civil War novel and teaching writer workshops. Smith is the recipient of 57 major writing awards during his 36 years as a print journalist. He was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize — in 1984 for his coverage of the U.S. Marine Corps peace-keeping force in Beirut, Lebanon, and in 1986 for his extensive coverage of Africa's longest and deadliest struggle, the Eritrea-Ethiopia civil war, for which he was a Pulitzer finalist. His poignant memoir, Our Brother’s Keeper, was recently republished.
About High Hampton Inn:
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, High Hampton Inn has welcomed guests since 1922. This Southern version of the famous Great Camps of the Adirondacks is located on a 1,400-acre estate in the Western North Carolina resort town of Cashiers, NC. The Inn has kept its rustic, relaxed quality with a focus on the great outdoors, making it a perfect place to focus on creative arts and rejuvenation. There are no distractions from the outside world, and while none of the lodge rooms or cottages contains TVs or telephones, guests are encouraged to partake in a host of activities. A sumptuous Spa, 18-hole George W. Cobb-designed golf course, miles of hiking trails, and a 35-acre lake for canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing make it easy to explore and escape. The historic inn exudes a rustic mountain atmosphere with cedar shingles, stone fireplaces and handmade twig and mountain-crafted furnishings.
Mari Ann Stefanelli