Ola Belle Reed: A Songwriting Retreat

The Ashe County Arts Council welcomes the weekend retreat of songwriting, making music, and celebrating the work of Ola Belle Reed with the Song Writer’s Retreat. The workshop will be held at the Ashe Civic Center Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15, 2018. It is open to songwriters of all genres and styles, and all accompaniment instruments are welcomed. Instructors include Cathy Fink, Claire Lynch and Sam Gleaves.

Tuition includes instruction and hospitality Friday through Sunday. It does not include accommodations or meals. For lodging suggestions, check the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce’s website,

Workshop space is limited. $200 adults; $150 students. Tuition assistance and limited partial scholarships available. Contact the Ashe County Arts Council to reserve your space; credit cards are accepted.

The goals of the retreat are to:

  • Honor Ola Belle Reed as a songwriter, storyteller and humanist who used her craft and art to build community and love
  • Connect traditional music and story to contemporary songwriting that builds on that tradition
  • Use Ola Belle’s songs and life as a springboard for teaching songwriting with intention. That means your songwriting not only does something for you, but it does something for other

Though Ola Belle’s music is steeped in traditional Appalachian sounds, they loan themselves to other treatments. Songwriters of other genres may want to expand their own work and versatility with this retreat.

Event Details

Location Ashe Civic Center
West Jefferson, NC
Cost Ticketed/Admission Charged
$200.00 Adults, $150.00 Student - Full weekend session.
Music Styles Blues
Early Country Music
Event Type Workshop / Class / Demonstration

Contact Info

Phone (336) 846-2787

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