Recent Blogs

Standing in Solidarity

As a global community of writers, Hedgebrook is committed to raising the voices of those who have been historically marginalized—including, and especially, those of black women.

A Message From Elise Miller

All of us have been impacted by COVID-19 more than we could have ever imagined just three months ago. Lives and livelihoods have been disrupted or lost. Families have been separated from loved ones. Like being in a sinking boat, springing one leak after another: At first it doesn’t seem so bad, but soon we’re…

Hedgebrook Welcomes New Program Director, Amber Flame

April 2020—Langley, Washington It is with joy that Hedgebrook announces Amber Flame will be joining our team as Program Director.  As an alum of Hedgebrook’s renowned Writers in Residence Program, published author, multi-discipline artist, youth development practitioner, and experienced nonprofit administrator, she brings with her a wealth of experience and understanding that will serve Hedgebrook’s…

A Message About Coronavirus

4.27.2020 UPDATE Though most of us share a sense of anxiety, fear, and overwhelm while we shelter in place, it’s important to remember that some of us are significantly more impacted than others. As Judy Belk, a Hedgebrook Board member and alum and CEO of the California Wellness Foundation, underscored in her op-ed in the…

Morning Rituals for Writers

In this time of quarantine, it may already be hard to remember when you had a normal rhythm to your day. While we can’t control what’s going on in the world, we can add some routine to our lives in the form of a simple morning ritual. Everyone’s ritual looks different. Toni Morrison gave this…

Denise Barr, Hedgebrook’s beloved House Chef, is leaving the retreat.

For more than twelve years Denise brought her amazing blend of creative talents: culinary, artistic and strategic to bear in the kitchen and in the creation of memorable Hedgebrook events, raising the bar on Radical Hospitality. She faithfully led the myriad of chefs employed at Hedgebrook in nurturing writers with lovingly prepared meals. She also…

Women Writers Reflect on the Pandemic

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…

Equivox Virtual Event Update

Dear Hedgebrook Friends, As we let you know last week, we have made the decision to transform Equivox from an in-person event to a virtual (online) community fundraiser. With the health and well-being of our community at the heart of our decision making, we are excited to be going in this new, innovative direction!What can…

Equivox Reimagined!

Recognizing the personal and collective challenges of these times, we hope this message finds you happy and healthy. Please know we extend our deepest gratitude to you for the unique part you play in uplifting and inspiring our creative community.  We are particularly attuned right now to all the communities, both internationally and here in…