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Master Classes

Master Classes combine Hedgebrook’s retreat experience with the unique opportunity to be in residence and study with a celebrated teacher on beautiful Whidbey Island.

Creative writing workshops in a diversity of formats and genres are offered to women writers at all levels of experience. Participation in each class is limited to 6-8 writers, to ensure individual attention, and create an intimate, supportive writing community.

2018 Master Classes

We offer a variety of classes to suit writers at different levels of experience and phases in the writing process. Some are generative, designed to inspire new projects or breakthroughs in your process, while others focus on craft or developing a project already underway. Over the course of the week, teachers give generously of their time: leading a series of writing workshops, talks on craft and constructive group feedback sessions, meeting one-on-one with each writer, and sharing evening meals with the group. Writers also enjoy time in retreat to write and rejuvenate.

We offer a variety of classes over the course of the year.

Hope Edelman: The Story Beneath Your Story

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

Creative nonfiction writers face two equally important tasks: First, to tell a plotted story of action, and second, to tell the story of a protagonist’s change and growth over time. That second story is the one that conveys the author’s larger message, elevating her experiences from the unique and personal to the universal and shared. It reveals what a story is really about. But how do we extract that deeper message? How might we articulate it to readers in a meaningful way?

As Vivian Gornick has emphasized, what happened to an author is not what matters. What matters is what the author makes of those experiences. You already know the answer; this class will help you unearth it, and then give you tools for sharing your insights with readers. Together, we’ll identify the underlying themes and archetypes of your nonfiction narrative.  We’ll also explore how to create passages of reflection and analysis that will resonate deeply with readers. Come to this workshop with pages you’ve already polished, or first-draft work, or a story you’ve just begun. Plan to share what you write during the week, and to give to other students as much as you’ll receive in return. This class is open to writers of all levels.

BIO:

Hope Edelman is the author of seven nonfiction books and one e-book, including the bestsellers Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers and the memoir The Possibility of Everything. Her books have been published in 17 countries and 11 languages and have more than a million copies in print. An expert in the field of early parent loss, Hope speaks at venues and conferences all over the world. Her articles, essays and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesReal SimpleWriter’s Digest, Brevity.com and Parade, as well as in a dozen anthologies. She has been teaching nonfiction writing for more than 20 years in MFA programs, though private workshops, and at festivals including the Iowa Summer Writing Festival every July. She lives in Los Angeles, where she is working on her next book.

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.

All levels are welcome to this Master Class.

Priority application deadline: July 27th, 2018
Class Dates: October 13-20, 2018

 

Fee: $3000 (Covers lodging, meals and workshops; all taxes included. A portion is tax-deductible. Please note that we are unable to offer financial aid or scholarships for this program, since it provides a vitally needed earned income stream for Hedgebrook.)

Ellen Sussman – Jump-start Your Novel or Memoir

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

This workshop is for writers who are ready to begin writing a novel or memoir or those who have hit some roadblocks along the way. It would also help the writer who has a fledgling idea for a novel/memoir and doesn’t know how to develop it. We’ll tackle essential novel (and memoir) writing questions including:

Is my novel idea big enough? Is it interesting enough? How much do I need to plan before I begin writing? What point of view should I use for this novel? Are my characters well-developed? Do I know who they are and how they’ll change? Do I need to know where I’m heading in this story? How much plot do I need to know? How will I write this novel/memoir?

By the end of the week, you’ll discover how pre-writing can help bring your novel ideas into focus and to prepare for first draft writing. You’ll also learn various ways to structure your time so that you can make writing a regular practice in your lives.

This class will work for those of you who are very experienced as well as for newbies. You won’t be bringing any writing to class — we’ll start with a blank slate and take it from there. You’ll end the week with a good deal of new material and a strong sense of the novel or memoir you’ll be ready to tackle in the year ahead.

BIO:

Ellen Sussman is the New York Times bestselling author of four novels, A Wedding in ProvenceThe Paradise Guest HouseFrench Lessons, and On a Night Like This. She is the editor of two critically acclaimed anthologies, Bad Girls: 26 Writers Misbehave and Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex. She teaches through Stanford Continuing Studies and in private classes and she is the co-founder and co-director of Sonoma County Writers Camp. www.ellensussman.com

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.

All levels are welcome to this Master Class.

Priority application deadline: July 27th, 2018
Class Dates: October 22-29, 2018

Fee: $3000 (Covers lodging, meals and workshops; all taxes included. A portion is tax-deductible. Please note that we are unable to offer financial aid or scholarships for this program, since it provides a vitally needed earned income stream for Hedgebrook.)

In the TV Writers’ Room with Meredith Stiehm and Lisa Zwerling

A workshop for aspiring one-hour Drama Writers.

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

The television writer’s room is where the creativity happens: story ideas get hashed out on whiteboards, character arcs get mapped on post-its, and the writing team collaborates to plan a season.

If you want to experience what it’s like inside the writer’s room – and you have a TV series or pilot idea you’re developing – this class is an unprecedented opportunity to spend a week in “Hedgebrook’s writers’ room” with two seasoned television writers. Meredith and Lisa will lead you and four other writers through full group workshops to develop your ideas and hold constructive one-on-one mentoring sessions to help you hone your pilot’s first act.

You should come with ideas about what your full series will be and a draft (or solid beginning) of your pilot. Be prepared to read your peer’s first acts,  participate in all-room meetings, with free time built in for writing, rewriting and being in retreat.

Meredith Stiehm – BIO:

Writer/Executive Producer of Homeland (Showtime), winner of the Emmy, Golden Globe, WGA and Peabody Award for best drama series; co-creator and Executive Producer of The Bridge (FX), winner of a 2013 Peabody Award; and creator and Executive Producer of the drama series Cold Case, which ran for seven years on CBS.  Other writing credits include: NYPD Blue (Emmy nomination, dramatic writing) and ER (two Emmy nominations, best drama series).  Meredith has written pilots for HBO, Showtime, and BBC America.  She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in with a B.A. in English/Playwriting.

Lisa Zwerling – BIO

Writer/Executive Producer of upcoming Starz spy series The Rook. She got her start on the iconic NBC series ER and went on to write and produce Flashforward and Betrayal for ABC as well as create Weekends At Bellevue andMidnight Sun for NBC. She has developed a variety of projects at AMC, HBO, SHOWTIME, HULU and STARZ.

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.

All levels are welcome to this Master Class.

Priority application deadline: August 21st, 2018
Class Dates: Nov 1st – Nov 8th, 2018

 

Fee: $3000 (Covers lodging, meals and workshops; all taxes included. A portion is tax-deductible. Please note that we are unable to offer financial aid or scholarships for this program, since it provides a vitally needed earned income stream for Hedgebrook.)

Retreat Experience

Each writer is housed in her own handcrafted cottage in the woods. Delicious meals are prepared by Hedgebrook’s chefs, featuring produce harvested from our organic garden. Our land features beautiful wooded walking trails, ponds and meadows teeming with wildlife, nearby Double Bluff beach, and breathtaking views across Puget Sound, with Mount Rainier in the distance. While the setting is rural, nearby towns offer shops and amenities.

Accommodations

Our six hand-crafted cottages–Oak, Fir, Owl, Cedar, Willow and Waterfall–were designed by architect Chuck Dougherty, who worked with the Amish in Pennsylvania. While all the cottages have a similar design, they are built of a variety of woods and have unique color schemes and furnishings. Stained glass windows, pottery sinks, and other features were designed and crafted by local artisans.

Cottage_interior_smEach cottage has an upstairs sleeping loft with a hand built double bed, lamps, rocking chair, chest of drawers, and a small closet. With advance notice, it is possible to accommodate a bed downstairs for those who don’t feel they can climb the ship ladder to the loft. The main floor has a work area with ample desk space, a sitting area with window seat looking out into the woods, and a comfortable, overstuffed armchair. Bookshelves have space for the writer’s personal library, as well as a cottage journal in which each resident is invited to make entries during her stay. With entries dating from Hedgebrook’s genesis in 1988, the journals are the cottage’s living legacy–and a way for writers to connect with those who have come before, and those will come after her stay.

A small half-bathroom and a fully equipped efficiency kitchen finish out the main floor. All cottages have electricity and are heated primarily by wood stoves. Writers share a centrally located bathhouse equipped with two showers, old-fashioned bathtub, two sinks, drawers for each cottage, heated floors and a washer/dryer.

The historic Farmhouse is the center of the Hedgebrook community, where residents gather for dinner at a table overlooking Deer Lagoon and Puget Sound. All meals are prepared by Hedgebrook’s chefs, using organic food from our garden and local farmers. The Farmhouse living room, with a library full of Hedgebrook writers books, serves as a gathering place for residents to converse and share their work.

Selection Process

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.

Ellen Sussman – Jump-start Your Novel or Memoir

Priority application deadline: July 27th, 2018
Class Dates: October 22-29, 2018

If you have questions about whether a specific 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.

Refund Policy

Upon acceptance into the class, participant pays a $1,000 non-refundable deposit to hold a space in the class. Should payment not be received by the deposit due date, the slot will be released to a wait-listed participant.

You will be informed of the payment schedule upon registration. The full fee is non-refundable upon due date.

If Hedgebrook, the teacher or student is unable to complete the class due to unforeseen circumstances, we will consider a partial refund on a case-by-case basis.

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