Spring Writers Retreat with Silas House

Troublesome Creek Writers’ Retreats offer a fun and relaxing weekend on the Hindman Settlement School campus during one of our most beautiful seasons. Facilitated by accomplished writers and authors, these retreats are kept small–between 12-15 participants–so that attendees can write in community, without the demands of a structured workshop, but still with the opportunity to participate in facilitated discussions and sessions. Here is an opportunity to write, read, and fellowship, away from the hustle of everyday life.

The retreat begins on the evening of Friday, April 21 and concludes at your leisure on Sunday, April 23. Registration fee includes lodging in one of our on-campus cottages (double-occupancy) and meals from three meals (dinner on Friday and lunch/dinner on Saturday).

About the Facilitator

Silas House is the nationally bestselling author of the novels–Clay’s Quilt, 2001; A Parchment of Leaves, 2003; The Coal Tattoo, 2005; Eli the Good, 2009; and Same Sun Here (co-authored with Neela Vaswani) 2012, and Southernmost (2018) and Lark Ascending (2022), as well as a book of creative nonfiction, Something’s Rising, co-authored with Jason Howard, 2009; and three plays.

House is a former commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered”.  His writing has appeared recently in The Washington Post, Time, The Atlantic, Ecotone, The Advocate, Garden and Gun, and Oxford American.  His work has been selected by Best American Food Writing 2018 and chosen as notable by the Best American Essays of 2021. House serves on the fiction faculty at the Naslund-Mann Graduate School of Creative Writing and as the NEH Chair at Berea College.

He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the recipient of three honorary doctorates, and is the winner of the Nautilus Award, an EB White Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Storylines Prize from the New York Public Library/NAV Foundation, the Lee Smith Award, and many other honors, including an invitation to read at the Library of Congress. His most recent novel, Lark Ascending, was an indie bestseller, is a finalist for the Southern Book Prize, and has been chosen for many Best of 2022 Lists including those of Booklist, Garden and Gun, Salon, and Barnes and Noble.

Lark Ascending is out everywhereVote for in the Southern Book Prizes. Buy here. Writing in The Washington PostLiterary HubThe AtlanticTimeThe New York TimesGarden & Gun, and The Advocate.


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Apr 21 - 23 2023


All Day




Hindman Settlement


Josh Mullins