MINERAL BLUFF, Ga. — We R Indie & Indiegrrl Songwriter Retreat will be held Sept. 20-22 at Jonica Gap Campground, 1412 Haygood St.

This event features award-winning songwriters Tret Fure, Karen E. Reynolds and Vicki Blankenship who will serve as instructors, mentors and coaches.

Ticket packages are limited (only 25 available), so make reservations quickly and early via werindie.org.

Beginners to advanced participants will enjoy three days in the out-of-doors while unleashing their songwriting capabilities. Not only that, the coaches will give a private critique session. Networking and co-writing opportunities abound.

Pepper in the chance to perform at the Fall Kick Off Music in the Mountain Festival on Sept. 24-25 onsite, after enjoying time with others, hiking, playing horseshoes and badminton, fishing and more. Jonica Gap is 20 acres of forest and stream land that welcomes only tents and popup campers. A shower house, camp store and charcoal grills in the picnic area are available. Don’t want to stay onsite? Then there are other campsites close by as well as hotels only minutes away.

Cost for the retreat is $185 onsite with camping included or $160 offsite. Either one comes with a free pass to the Georgia Slowdown Hoedown Festival from Oct. 21-23 at Cherokee Farms, 2035 Old Mineral Springs Rd., LaFayette, Ga. (weekend pass, $45 advance/$55 gate). The Fall Kick Off festival is $45 for a weekend pass (two-nights stay), $20 for children 10-16, free for nine and under. Day passes are at half rate.

For more information, registration or vendor opportunities, visit werindie.org or jonicagapcampground.com.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' former associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director.