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Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary nonprofit, our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. We offer writing residencies, master classes and salons at our retreat on Whidbey Island, and public programs that connect writers with readers and audiences around the world.

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As we face a future unknown, reflection becomes even more critical to our wellbeing. Human expression is uniquely able to offer us a way to process our existential thoughts and fears, while connecting deeply to our humanity through emotions. That connection to humanity feels more critical now, as the realities of COVID-19 unfold. Through the…

Introducing 2019 Hedgebrook Alumnae

For more than 30 years, Hedgebrook has served the mission to nurture women writers, building an alumnae community that has grown to more than 2,600 people. Each year it is still a wonderfully exciting thing for us to launch another cohort of women into our core Writers in Residence program, giving them a chance to enjoy…

A Message About Coronavirus

Update: 3/31/20 As you are no doubt aware, circumstances regarding COVID-19 continue to change dramatically by the day, reshaping our lives and restricting our choices in an effort to slow the contagion and protect individual and public health. Given the current state of affairs, the elderly, caregivers, and those most economically vulnerable will be hardest…

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Writers in Residence Program

“I think these stories are the greatest testimony to the spirit of Hedgebrook ever — send them far and wide.”

– Gloria Steinem

Hedgebrook's Writers In Residence Program

The Writers in Residence application for 2020 is now closed.

To learn more about the application process for the Writers in Residence Program, go to the Application Guidelines section.

What Our Alumnae Have To Say About Their Hedgebrook Experience

Patricia Caspers
Patricia Caspers
Because of Hedgebrook I made lifelong friends who helped me see the value in my work. I also learned the importance of shutting down devices, cocooning, and caring for myself to makes space for the words to arrive at my doorstep.
Allison Green
Allison Green
Hedgebrook changed my writing life. Not only did my residency there show me what I could do with enough time and space to write, but my writing group evolved from an alumnae gathering in 2005 and has been going strong ever since.
Carine Topal
Carine Topal
Ever since experiencing Hedgebrook I have loved window seats. How I sat at the window and drank that gorgeous French press coffee. How I wrote for pages without stopping, and when I paused and looked up... there was a deer. I picked purple sweet peas from the garden and channeled Emily Dickinson for days. I knew I was not alone on this lovely estate, yet the unique craftsman home that I stayed in offered me a feeling of calm isolation. My ambition to write was the greatest after leaving Hedgebrook, and I am pleased to say that the ambition has not waned. Time at Hedgebrook was one of the most special retreats that I've experienced.
Sally J. Pla
Sally J. Pla
I came to Hedgebrook a scared imposter. I had no right to be there. But everyone was kind, and encouraged me, and I worked night and day on a manuscript... and here I am, four years and three books later, filled with gratitude. Hedgebrook lifted me up, as it does to so many. It gave me the gift of myself. It taught me I did have a voice. And these days, that voice is growing stronger and surer. I am forever grateful.
Buffy Cram
Buffy Cram
It is rare to be taken care of and even honored during the messy first phases of a book. Too often that work is done alone. But at Hedgebrook I was honored, taken care of, given great food, great company, and put in beautiful surroundings. I was given the feeling, in a very tangible way, that my work matters, that my message is important, and as a result my work has flourished. Hedgebrook has been, without a doubt, the high point in my writing life thus far.
Mary Tang
Mary Tang
My time at Hedgebrook was a time of healing and reflection. I was in the company of the best poets and I felt like a fraud. I must be the token nobody; I thought. I lived in fear of being found out. It took all of the six weeks I spent at Hedgebrook to recover my self esteem. Here the extraordinary writers treated me as equal and the care and kindness of everyone helped me find my own worth.
Dr. Seema Yasmin
Dr. Seema Yasmin
I started the Yasmin Scholarship to support women and nonbinary people of color to attend Hedgebrook because of its impact on me. I really began my book-writing life at Hedgebrook and in the two years since my residency have published one book with another coming out next year.
Hanna Tinti
Hanna Tinti
“Hedgebrook gave me confidence when I was untried, sustained me when I hit bumps in the road, and inspired me to take risks that cracked open the words on the page. I am so grateful for the extraordinary staff and supporters who keep this bit of Eden flourishing.”~ Alumna & author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

“Hedgebrook supports women so they can speak the truth, tell the messy, sometimes unpopular stories, break taboos, find their voice, their outrage, their delight, their power in the world.”

 

~ Eve Ensler, Hedgebrook Creative Advisory Council member

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