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by Gabrielle James

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 nurture the artistic drive.

We at Hedgebrook believe that giving even brief time to artistic efforts can spark life-long creative pursuits. With that in mind, here is our list of immersive, innovative opportunities to incorporate the Hedgebrook experience into your upcoming year!


Throughout the year, we offer online classes designed to give writers space to focus on their work, supported by experienced, professional authors. Our classes offer the help writers might need to get a burgeoning project to take root, revive creativity, or give new life to a stalled idea, regardless of physical location.  In these seminars, you will learn from the writing techniques and practices of our teachers, and you will have extended access to the videos and exercises in order to incorporate them into your daily life with ease.      


Each May, we host a weekend of workshops, keynotes, and open-mics on Whidbey Island. Immerse yourself in conversations about artistic practice and discussions about what it means to be a woman writer at work in the world. In small-group workshops, share insights about works-in-progress with peers and published authors, and experience the support and energy that comes with working in a community. Revitalize over meals lovingly crafted by our chefs and, in quiet moments, explore the natural beauty of the island.


The holidays are the time of year when we think most about the needs of those we love, and make resolutions about the changes we wish to see in our own lives. Consider applying for, or offering to sponsor, a spot on one of our Master Classes. Surrounded by either the striking landscape of Whidbey or the dazzling hills of Tuscany, enjoy the energy of intimate workshops, run by award-winning authors who will provide critique tailored specifically to the needs of you and your work. Leave nourished by the cuisine and the company of other innovative writers.


If you believe in the work Hedgebrook does, please consider making a donation this holiday season. Your generosity allows us to provide spaces for women writers and facilitate conversations about the work they create.

Let us know in the notes section of your donation if you are giving on behalf of another, and we will happily send you a card enclosure. (Please allow at least seven business days for delivery.)

As you look ahead, to holiday gifts and New Year’s resolutions, commit to spending time in the upcoming year in a creative space. Promise to allow yourself to access and embolden your writing, or to empower the voice of a writer in your life.

From all of us here at Hedgebrook, we believe in your work and look forward to seeing what you write in the coming year.

Happy Holidays!

About GabrielleJ
I have worked for nonprofits the majority of my career, managing youth development programs, where kids felt empowered, honored and creativity was encouraged. Hedgebrook does all of that for women writers and I am excited to be a part of the development team, helping to amplify women’s voices for years to come.

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Hedgebrook Holiday Gift Guide