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Hedgebrook Program Director Opportunity

“Hedgebrook is like a stone, sending out ripples into the gigantic pond of the world.” -Anjali Banerjee, author of seven novels and Hedgbrook alumna “Hedgebrook is a global campfire.” -Gloria Steinem Hedgebrook is looking to hire a new Program Director! Vito Zingarelli, our current Program Director extraordinaire, will be moving on this spring after masterfully…

At a recent Hedgebrook Alumnae Gathering, we were talking about the love of writing (what else?), and when did we first start, and how did we keep it going? When I was in the 4th grade, I won the Little Hot Spot medal for writing the best essay in the city on safeguarding the home…

Margarita Ramirez Loya and Storytelling as a Form of Social Justice:

In the current political climate, the question of whether writing fiction is of any practical use is a pressing one. While humanitarian groups such as No More Deaths/No Más Muertes work on the front lines of the South American refugee crisis at the US-Mexico border, sitting inside and reading or writing can begin to feel…

Hedgebrook Holiday Gift Guide

As the holiday season approaches, we’ve put together a Gift Guide for the writer in your life, whether that is yourself or a loved one. We understand that lives are busy, and not everyone can find time for extended creative ventures, but there are other ways to quiet the world, get in touch with creativity, and…

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Gratitude for our Executive Director Amy Wheeler’s Vision

We hope you will join us in expressing gratitude to our long-time Executive Director, Amy Wheeler. After 17 years as Hedgebrook’s leader, this January, she will be transitioning out of her role. A graduate of the University of Iowa’s renowned Playwrights Workshop MFA program, Amy first came to Hedgebrook as a Writer-in-Residence. With her first-hand experience of…

Hedgebrook’s Favorite Geek

GeekGirlCon art by Tatyana Vogt Since 2011, autumn has heralded a major event in Seattle: GeekGirlCon. For two days, self-proclaimed geeks from all over the country join together to celebrate their love of all things geeky, often in costume. While the event is meant to provide a safe space for women and girls to feel…

Hedgebrook Writers for the Win

Hedgebrook Writers For The Win! These Hedgebrook Alumnae Have Been Recognized with Some of This Year’s Top Honors in Literature! The Booker Prize 2019: Bernardine Evaristo 2019 National Book Awards Finalists Carolyn Forche’ – Nonfiction Laila Lalami – Fiction Kali Farjado-Anstine – Fiction Susan Choi – Fiction Washington State Book Award Laura Da’ – Poetry Ijeoma…

Reflections From Summer Camp

In the summer of 2014, approximately 40 youth converged at the Whidbey Institue for the inaugural Y-We Write summer camp, a partnership with Young Women Empowered. Since then, over 200 young people have participated in the program. Writing workshops are led by Hegdebrook alumnae in fiction, spoken word, songwriting, and more. Two of Hedgebrook’s teaching…

Women Championing Each Other

Women Championing Each Other By uplifting the voices of women and non-binary writers, we are fueling a revolution! Hedgebrook is pleased to recognize two celebrated, New York Times bestselling authors – Elizabeth George (known for her Inspector Lynley crime novel series), and the late novelist Rona Jaffe (who penned the bestselling classic novel The Best…