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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…

Ancient Mahogany Gold

With the release of her new album Ancient Mahogany Gold, Hedgebrook Alum Relations Maven Kuri Jallow caught up with SassyBalck. KJ: You’ve been doing this for a while, haven’t you? What inspired you to start writing and performing?  SB: I have wanted to perform for as long as I can remember. Every time I saw…

Fall into Writing With Women-Focused Writing Events

For writers, autumn can be a great time of inspiration. Days get shorter, the nights get cooler, and everything slows down. There is more time to nestle in with a favorite sweater, warm mug, and explore our creativity. It’s a wonderful time to come together with other women writers and revel in the gifts of…

Back-to-school season self-care for your inner writer

The days are getting shorter, the air is getting crisp, and yellow school buses are once again dotting the morning commute. While back-to-school time as an adult may not mean getting a brand new backpack or lunch box, it can be a good reminder that we should take the time to recommit to intentional learning…

2001: A Writer’s Odyssey

Late last year, I sent a Facebook friend request to a writer I knew but had lost touch with years ago – a Chinese writer based in Oslo, Norway. I met He-Dong in the summer of 2001.  She had sent an email to a mailing list of Hedgebrook alumnae in the Bay Area saying she…

Eve Ensler with Amy Wheeler

In her latest book, The Apology, author Eve Ensler revisits her past to explore how and why she became the victim of years of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse at the hands of her father. She digs deep in search of answers, which lead her to channel the apology that she never received from her father. What…

“Borderlands,”

A documentary film currently in production  It was just a whisper that grew into a roar. Three hundred people gathered, the next day 2,000 then 5,000, swelling to 7,000. They are on the move, women, children, and men fleeing violence, climate change, and hunger, walking thousands of miles en masse to the United States. It…

Global Impact

One of the best things that happened when I opened my personal library to the public in Accra, Ghana, in December 2017, was also one of the first. It was on my second day when a small, shy teenager cautiously stepped through the door and into the middle of the space where she stood, transfixed,…