Online Master Classes

Hedgebrook is launching an online creative writing series! Now, you can experience the radical hospitality offered at our Whidbey Island retreat in your own home, and study with renowned teachers from Hedgebrook’s community.

Our first offering is a five-week Online Master Class with best-selling author Elizabeth George for ten writers who wish to hone their craft.

This class has now passed.

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Elizabeth George

Write Away by Elizabeth GeorgeWRITE AWAY with Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George has been teaching writing for years. In her book Write Away she shares her knowledge of the creative process. In this five week Online Master Class, offered in collaboration with Hedgebrook, Elizabeth will introduce the method of writing that has enabled her to write quickly, successfully, and to critical acclaim. Students will get an insider’s peek into Elizabeth’s process, including live class time, writing exercises and an intimate, virtual environment of radical hospitality.

Careless in Red by Elizabeth GeorgeEach writer will receive signed copies of Elizabeth’s books Write Away and Careless in Red, a DIY radical hospitality kit from Hedgebrook, and an unforgettable, five-week online learning experience.

Lesson plans have been carefully crafted in partnership with Elizabeth, based on her books Write Away: One Novelist’s Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life and Careless in Red, one of her best-selling mystery novels. Executive Director and Alumna Amy Wheeler will host the live sessions, along with a skilled class facilitator, who will offer constructive feedback on writing exercises, as well as moderate a community forum for the ten students to share their work and improve their skills.

Class Details: Writers will participate in five live, interactive sessions online from 4:00 – 5:30 PM PST on Tuesdays, each includes a real-time lecture and Q & A with Elizabeth, hosted by Executive Director and Alumna Amy Wheeler, along with the class facilitator. Between live sessions, writers should allow at least four hours per week to participate in the discussion group and complete writing assignments. Weekly assignments will be reviewed online and given feedback with a final session for feedback and review on Tuesday, March 15.

At the end of this class, students will be able to:

  • Use setting to develop plot and characters
  • Use character analysis to fully develop a character
  • Develop narrative voice
  • Reveal characters through dialogue
  • Complete a step outline to begin sketching a plot
  • Construct causally-related scenes that generate suspense


Ten advanced beginner and intermediate writers who are working on existing projects.


Class Dates: Consecutive Tuesdays,
February 9 through Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Final Closing Session:
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

*For more information on the class schedule, see Class Details section above.*


Course fee: $1500

All proceeds from on-line classes support Hedgebrook’s residency programs.

Elizabeth is generously donating her time for this class as a fundraiser for Hedgebrook.


This class is limited to the first TEN writers who register.

Write Away with Elizabeth George is SOLD OUT.

If you would like to know when registration for our next Online Master Class becomes available, please email Program Manager Julie O’Brien:

Learn more about the Online Master Class experience and what you can expect in the blog post, Hedgebrook Extends Radical Hospitality in Cyberspace.

About the teacher:

Elizabeth George is the New York Times best-selling, internationally celebrated author of 19 novels of psychological suspense, four YA novels, one book of nonfiction, and two short-story collections. Her work has been honored with the Anthony and Agatha awards, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and the MIMI, Germany’s prestigious prize for suspense fiction. Her popular BBC series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is broadcast in the US on PBS’s MYSTERY.

About the moderator:

AmyWheelerAmy Wheeler is a nationally produced playwright and Executive Director of Hedgebrook. Her plays have been produced at theatres around the country, including WIZZER PIZZER: Getting Over the Rainbow at Seattle’s Theatre22 and Atlanta’s 7 Stages, INTERSECTION at the Greenwich Street Theatre in New York (and as a short film by Bright Pictures), KISS IT at Portland’s Stark Raving Theatre and a special engagement at The Guggenheim Museum. Amy holds an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop, and has taught playwriting at Cornish College for the Arts, Freehold Studio Theatre Lab, Richard Hugo House and ACT Theatre. She is an alumna of Hedgebrook and of Yaddo.

About the facilitator:

Fredrika Sprengle’s two loves are writing and teaching.  Fredrika attended the Creative Writing Program at the University of Houston, and has participated in Hedgebrook through master classes, Vortext, and salons.  She is working on a memoir, The Accusation, and is pursuing publication of her novel, Hannah and Faith. As a lifelong educator, she has created curriculum for colleges, non-profits, and corporations and taught in classrooms and online for more than 25 years on topics ranging from creative writing to technology. Fredrika combines her two loves in her business, Well Told Tales, LLC which had the honor to develop Hedgebrook’s first online course.