Summer Workshop at Table Rock!

Stretch. Breathe. Write: Opening the Writer’s Heart

with Michele Tracy Berger

August 26 – 30, 2019 at Wildacres Retreat Center

Every writer needs to find a pathway to the heart’s best work, and every writer needs a strategy for relieving the physical and psychic stresses of the writing life. Yoga, focused breath work, and meditation can connect us to the source of deeper creativity and relieve those stresses. These practices can increase our attention and amplify our intention as writers. In this workshop, gentle yoga stretches and breathing exercises prepare the body to work, while heart-focused meditations help open the mind to the resonant depths of our heart’s wisdom.

To register:


Kitchen Table Workshops at Rosemary House

A series of ongoing workshops at Rosemary House B& B in Pittsboro, NC, in spring and fall. All workshops take place in an intimate setting and included coffee, tea, water, and cookies and other snacks.  They also include one or more 1-hour private consults, in-class critique, writing prompts, and craft study.  

1. Special Intensive Prose Workshop

  • Tuesday mornings 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • An intensive small-group prose workshop for fiction and creative nonfiction works in progress, designed for writers who are working on a series of essays or stories or a book. Over the course of 12 weeks, participants may submit up to 25 pages of double-spaced manuscript – chapters, stories, essays – for intensive commentary. Classes focus on craft talk and manuscript critique. Limited to 6 participants to allow for more attention to each manuscript and more pages from each participant.
    • Includes two 1-hour private coaching sessions.
    •  Location: Rosemary House B&B
      Time: Tuesday Mornings, 10:30 – 12:30
    • 12 sessions for $525
    • $100 Deposit required.

    To get on the waiting list for a future class, email

    2.  Thursday Morning Prose Workshop

    • Thursday mornings 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

    A prose workshop for fiction and creative nonfiction writers at any level who are interested in getting a boost for their writing lives, generating new material, getting commentary on drafts, and creating a support system for continued creative work.  Over the course of 12 weeks, participants generate new writing from prompts, get intensive critique on up to 8 of draft, “instant critique” on more pages, and learn craft techniques suitable for their genre. Limited to 8 participants.

    • Includes a 1-hour private coaching session.
    • Location: Rosemary House B&B
    • Time: Thursday Mornings, 10:30 – 12:30
    • 10 sessions for $425
    • Deposit: $50 will reserve your spot.

    To get on the waiting list for a future class, email



Brevard College, NC
May 20 -22, 2016

The first year of what promises to be a spectacular annual gathering. Intensive small group manuscript review and craft study, readings by Rick Bass and Ron Rash (teaching nonfiction and poetry, respectively), a beautiful setting in the North Carolina mountains.

Raleigh, NC
June 20 – 24, 2016

A delightful weeklong workshop for women writers, includes catered lunches, faculty readings and panels, intensive manuscript review, craft study, and writing exercises. Email for details

Marshall, NC
July 3 – 9, 2016

In the beautiful North Carolina mountains, near the Pisgah Forest. All meals catered (delicious fresh food!) mountain chalet style house with decks and walking trails. Intensive manuscript review, intimate group, delightful Duke professor hosts. My third year here, it’s a lovely place and lovely people.


 New Service for Longtime Students: 

Some of you are getting ready to submit to publishers and agents! I’m very excited for you and I want to support your efforts. If you feel you’d like a final review from me of your full manuscript, email me and I can tell you a page rate. If you are on a limited budget, I strongly suggest you have me review the first fifty pages, the part that could get you the attention of an agent or editor.

  • First Fifty Pages Discount for longtime students. From March 1 – July 1, 2015, any writer who has participated in 3 of my workshops who feels he or she is ready to submit a book manuscript is eligible for the “first fifty pages” quick read and consult meeting for $200 . This includes markup and a 1 hour meeting with overall suggestions and discussion of query letter.

Recent workshops

February 14 – 15, 2015. Southern Recitations Workshop Series

  • The Secret Language of Fiction: Weaving Words into Elegant, Meaningful Stories

How do master fiction writers grip us on the first line of a story, overwhelm us with feeling by the middle, and leave us stunned with understanding of the human animal at the end? It’s all in the delicate and powerful technology of special fiction language. In this workshop, we’ll review master craft techniques from contemporary writers, and we’ll try out these techniques in writing exercises, then examine sections of your works-in-progress. Beginning and practiced writers alike will gain skills and insights that can help a draft blossom into a finished story or chapter.

410 N. Boylan Avenue, Raleigh, NC | $250, early-bird price $187 (thru Jan 31), lunch included both days | Scholarships available
Visit for registration and scholarship information.

June 22 – 26, 2015. Meredith College Summer Workshop for Writers

  • Creative Nonfiction / Memoir Workshop
  • Raleigh, NC

A delightful week-long workshop for women on the beautiful Meredith College campus in Raleigh, NC. In an intimate, supportive, small-group setting we’ll write and study the craft of creative nonfiction, which includes memoir, travelogue, and essay forms. Fees include lunch, readings, and informative panels. Last year’s group has stayed in touch and created a writing community of support. A great support system for women writers.

Watch this space for registration news! or contact:

Ashley Hogan at

Doe Branch Workshop and Retreat: Week-long workshops with plenty of writing time at a rustic lodge in the beautiful North Carolina Mountains. Catered meals, remote surroundings, intimate small groups, manuscript review.

  • Watch for news of upcoming dates, Summer 2016
  • For more information, use the form below.


December 4 – 6, 2015 – Weekend Writers Workshop  

An annual early December workshop that helps you get a jump on your projects for the new year. Watch for next year’s details. By request, I have expanded the workshop to three days.

Location: Rosemary House B&B in downtown Pittsboro, NC

Custom workshops:  Onsite workshops, readings, and writer residencies are available by request from nonprofits, schools, universities,  arts councils, and writing groups. See past workshops for ideas for your group. Workshops may include a public reading and book signing event. 

  • To request a custom workshop for your group, use the form below.

Intensive Revision Workshop: Get intensive coaching on fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and poetry. Scheduled for 4 and 6 week sessions, usually in the summer.

  • For more information, use the form below.


Past Workshops


May 2014 – Writing and Yoga at Trinity Center, Atlantic Beach: Intensive writing weekends with relaxing yoga breaks.

July 2014 – Wildacres Summer Writing Workshop: A weeklong workshop and celebration in the North Carolina Mountains.

Saturday, Sept. 20 – Beginning Fiction Writing Workshop at CCCC, Pittsboro Campus.

Friday Oct. 3 – Saturday Oct 4. Fiction Workshop: Structure and Play. At Mamie Potter’s house in Raleigh, NC. Email:

Sunday Oct. 19 – Fiction Writing Workshop for Goldsboro Writing Club.

Nov. 8 – The Camera’s Eye – Prose Workshop for Anson Writers Club.

December 2014 Weekend Fiction Workshop, Rosemary House B & B, Pittsboro, NC: Every year or two, in early December, before the holiday madness descends, I have a tradition of inviting writers for a weekend of intensive craft study and manuscript review. Participants retreat at the beautiful Rosemary House, at a special rate. Friday evening – Sunday midday. You can request topics!


Writer in Residence
Doe Branch Ink, June 9 – 15
Marshall, NC
Small group workshop for manuscripts at the beautiful Doe Branch retreat house in the North Carolina Mountains. Hudson will read and critique up to 25 pages of ms., 2 hour manuscript workshops daily, private consultation for each participant. Room and board included. Watch for news of a repeat workshop in 2014

Writing and Yoga Workshop
Pelican Retreat House at Trinity Center – May 2013
Atlantic Beach, NC
With Michele Berger, certified yoga instructor. Intensive writing workshops, generating new work, creating a writing community, and working with relaxing yoga breaks and chakra study for improved writing flow. At the beautiful Pelican House Retreat on the beach at Trinity Center. Watch for news of a repeat workshop in 2014

Carolinas Writing Festival
Featured Speaker, Master Class
Saturday, April 20
Wadesboro, NC

Fiction Craft: Beginnings and Endings
You’re working on a fiction story, but it’s not quite there. What absolutely must be in the first paragraphs? What must be in your ending? And how in the world do you decide? There are so many options, there’s so much to say in a few words. The delicate balancing act of beginnings and endings is one of the most powerful tools in the fiction writer’s toolbelt. We’ll explore how master writers do it, and try some exercises to refine your own work. Bring a draft you are working on. 
Memoir: Works in Progress
Memoir is the intimate art, and this class will create a community of support for refining works in progress and generating new material. You will learn craft techniques to help you structure your work, tell your deepest stories, and move toward completing a piece, whether for publication or family records.

All Day Workshop: Strategies for the Writing Life.

  • Jump start your writing life: exercises to generate a plan for success.“Like rocket fuel for your writing life! I’ve taken it twice, and I’d take it again.” — Michele

Fiction Craft: the First Five Pages

Fiction Craft: Works in Progress


Siler City Writer in Residence

We Are Siler City Writing Projects
sponsored by North Carolina Arts Incubator July 18 – 22, 2011

Youth Writing Camp: Mornings 9:30 – 12
Adult Writing Camp: Afternoons 2 – 4:30
Performance and Gallery show: August 26

All Day Fiction Writing Workshop,
August 6,  10 – 4:30, CCCC, Pittsboro Campus

Fiction Writing Workshop
August 17, 9 – 12, Dare County Arts Council, Manteo, NC

Weathers Creek Workshop: Creative Nonfiction: October 8

Writers House, Charlottesville, NC: Fiction Writing with Valerie Nieman: October 29, 9-1 pm

Fiction Writing / Works in Progress: CCCC Pittsboro Campus, Wednesday evenings, Sept 28 – Nov. 2.

General Store Cafe Writers: 10 – 11:30 am, Tuesdays in Pittsboro
McIntyre’s Fine Books Writers: 1:30 – 3 pm,  Thursdays in Fearrington Village


4 responses to “Workshops

  1. Barbara Kenyon

    I have taken one workshop, one writing class and just finished an intense tutoring session with Marjorie. We discussed her critiques of several of my short stories and her comments were encouraging and insightful; her suggestions are useful and valuable to me. She is an excellent teacher and I look forward to working with her again.

  2. marian westbrook

    I really enjoyed reading Accidental Birds. . . . Wish I could do one of your workshops. Keep me posted.

    Marian W.

  3. Marjorie, several months ago I got an email about a workshop at Trinity Center. At the time my husband was quite ill or had just passed so I was not in a place to respond.
    I am now interested in what you might have in the future. I have reviewed your website but cannot tell from that what might be upcoming. Currently, I’m interested in exploring my interest in writing. I think this would be an outlet that would be a good fit for me.

    • Hey, Frances, good to hear from you. I’ve had to cancel the Trinity workshop, we missed the deadline. Shall I put you on a wait list in case we do it again? I am so sorry for your loss. Marjorie

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