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Master Class in Berlin, Germany

November 3-9, 2019

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Hedgebrook’s inaugural Berlin masterclass is part of our ongoing effort to branch out internationally and bring radical hospitality for women authoring change to new and exciting locations. Led by Hannah Tinti, this class is an intensive editorial-focused workshop, focused on providing individualized feedback on student work, nurturing creativity, and digging deeply into (y)our writing to bring it to the next level.  

Next Level Writing with Hannah Tinti

The solution to a piece of writing is always hidden just beneath the surface. In this editorial-focused workshop, we will dig deep, giving close reads to a piece of your writing (10-25 pages, max 6,000 words) and exploring each layer, from the seed of the idea that first inspired you to the places where you’re feeling lost or stuck. Together we’ll identify the strengths and weaknesses, shore up the structure, identify patterns and find ways to bring your work to the next level. We’ll also stretch and find new skills through craft lectures and writing exercises that will stretch your imagination and foster your creativity, using the unique setting of this country home outside Berlin to inspire us. This class will be limited to 6 people and will also include one-on-one sessions. My goal is for each student to leave re-energized, with a host of new ideas and pages, as well as a concrete plan to re-approach their work. The focus will be fiction, both long and short form, though non-fiction/memoir writers are also welcome.


Hannah Tinti is a writer, editor and teacher. Her short story collection, Animal Crackers, was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award. Her bestselling novel The Good Thief won The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize, an American Library Association Alex Award, and was a  New York Times  Notable Book of the Year. Her new novel, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley,  is a national bestseller and has been optioned for television. Tinti is the co-founder and executive editor of the award-winning literary magazine One Story. She has taught at Columbia University’s MFA program, New York University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program, the American Museum of Natural History, Hedgebrook and the Sirenland Writers Conference, which she co-founded. For more information, visit hannahtinti.com.

Farmhouse exterior

Dates and Prices

Dates: November 3-9, 2019
Location: Seebeck, Germany (an hour drive from Berlin)
The cost of the class varies from $3600 to $4400, depending on the accommodation.  (Travel and alcohol are not included)

Application Schedule

The priority deadline is Tuesday, July 9th (rolling applications still accepted after Tuesday, July 9th)

Notifications will be sent out by Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
Deposits due by Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
Payment in full due by Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
The Master Class arrivals can begin Sunday, November 3, 2019

Class sessions start Monday, November 4, 2019

The morning of Saturday, November 9th is the departure day (by 12 noon).

The Farmhouse

The rectangular building with its many tall windows sits on top of a gently sloping lawn, facing the shores of Lake Vielitz, one of hundreds of interconnected lakes threading the landscape east of the capital.  It has been a family home for 20 years and is filled with books, antiques, photographs, art & furniture collected over decades. It offers many private nooks & crannies for reading, as well as comfortable gathering spots for larger groups.  The accommodation is spread over 2 floors and consists of 6 bedrooms, 2 with their own baths and 4 with shared baths.  All have small desks, plenty of light and large comfortable beds.  




bedroom 1
bedroom 2

The village of Seebeck is small and quiet and offers little distraction other than long forest walks, rowing on Lake Vielitz, and if you’re lucky a sighting of the storks, giant cranes, herons or falcons common in the area. Sites to visit include Castle Rheinsberg and the town of Neu Ruppin, both constructed during the reign of Prussian emperor Frederick the Great in the mid-1700s.  Frederick was a leading figure in the European Enlightenment and in his later years a patron of Germany’s greatest writers, Wolfgang Goethe, Friedrich Schiller, and von Alexander von Humboldt, all luminaries in the movement of Weimar Classicism. It is an area steeped in history and literature. 

For those who wish to explore the cultural offerings of Berlin, the city is just over an hour away by car, and at least one or possibly two free days will be built into the schedule.


living room 2

The Retreat Experience

The class will be held at a traditional Brandenburg farm, in a restored barn located approx. 1 hour to the East of Berlin in the village of Seebeck, in the former GDR. The large barn is approx. 120 years old and though its interior was completely gutted in the ’90s, the brick facade is now landmarked and covered with ivy.  During their stay, writers will enjoy the tranquility of the lake and surrounding forest and countryside, free time for afternoon day-trips to explore nearby towns and castles, and an intimate workshop limited to a small group size of 6 students.  Three meals per day are included, with a communal dinner every night.

Arrivals: begin on Sunday, November 3 for the Welcome Dinner
Class sessions start: Monday, November 4.
Departure: Saturday, November 9th (by 12 noon)

Fees and Policies

The cost of the class varies from $3600 to $4400, depending on the accommodation.  (Travel and alcohol are not included)

Some rooms have private baths.  Some share a bath with one other writer. All rooms are private bedrooms in the farmhouse. Accommodations for up to 6 nights, all meals provided daily, all workshops and a personal one-on-one session with Hannah Tinti.

Accommodation Details

Price $4400 – Full Studio with private bath and kitchen.

Price $3600 – Single Room with shared bath,


If selected, you will be required to send a non-refundable deposit of $1500 to Hedgebrook by Tuesday, July 30th, 2019 to hold your spot. The balance must be paid in full by Thursday, August 22nd, 2019.  Not included – airfare, transportation to/from the farmhouse, optional field trips, liquor, wine, and meals outside.


Class participants are responsible for their own travel. The best airport to fly into is Berlin Tegel, approx a 50 min drive from Seebeck.  One can easily rent a car at the airport. Having your own transportation allows you to explore the countryside and we can provide you with directions to various nearby sites and towns.

Participants should plan to arrive on Sunday, Nov 3, with a first welcoming dinner planned for that evening.  Classes and workshopping will take place from Mon – Fri, 11/4 – 11/8, with departure on Sat 11/9.  The only additional extras to budget for are transportation, a rental car if you’d like to have your own wheels – and wine or beer!  If you have other questions, please direct them to Hedgebrook program director Vito Zingarelli: vitoz@hedgebrook.org

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Please note: The application is accessible via SlideRoom. Each Master Class has a priority deadline listed below, and classes often fill with a waitlist. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Hedgebrook staff and teachers, so we strongly recommend interested writers apply as soon as possible. We anticipate decisions will be finalized within two weeks of the priority deadline.

If you have questions about whether this Master Class is appropriate for you or your project, or any other question about the Series, please be in touch with us at 360-321-4786. 

Application Schedule

Priority deadline: Tuesday, July 9th (rolling applications still accepted after Tuesday, July 9th)
Notifications sent: Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019
Deposits due: Tuesday, July 30th, 2019
Payment in full due: Thursday, August 22nd, 2019

The Master Class arrivals: begin Sunday, November 3, 2019
Class sessions start: Monday, November 4, 2019
Departures: The morning of Saturday, November 9th (by 12 noon).