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Online Writing Series

Welcome to Hedgebrook’s online writing series. Now you can experience the radical hospitality we offer to writers at our Whidbey Island retreat in your own home or writing space, while studying with seasoned teachers from our community.

We offer classes in a diversity of genres designed to ground your writing practice and hone your craft. Classes are taped at the retreat, with the teacher and a small group of writers in the room together, so you’ll experience the alchemy of solitude and community that makes a Hedgebrook residency unique.

We also share elements of Hedgebrook’s retreat experience to inspire your writing, such as recipes from our Farmhouse kitchen and chefs, images from our land to print or use as a screensaver, and messages to energize your process. 

2019 Online Writing Series

Register below and enjoy the class! More classes coming soon. To receive advance notice, sign up for Hedgebrook’s newsletter here.

Becoming Unstuck: Find Flow and Free Your Voice with Natalie Serber

May 30th – July 1st, 2019

You may register and start the class at any time during this period and take it at your own pace, as many times as you’d like before July 1st.


Recapture some joy at your writing desk! In this online class, we’ll spend time exploring what gets in the way of our creative freedom. Inner Critic slowing you down? I’ve got ideas to quiet that noise. Fear of failing? I’ve got a few antidotes. Worried about cutting too close to the bone? Let’s talk about how to stay safe and make discoveries. We all get in our own way. It’s important to remember that the opposite of fear is faith. Faith in ourselves, in our process, in our voices, in our unique story. I’ve got thirteen practical steps to overcome the sludge of stuck! Once we’ve dissected our difficulties, we’ll spend time writing together, using prompts as a backdoor into our manuscripts, whether we’re starting something brand new, or in the midst of a long project.

Class open: May 30th – July 1st, 2019


Natalie Serber is the author of a memoir, Community Chest, and a story collection, Shout Her Lovely Name, New York Times Notable Book. Her fiction has appeared in One Story, Zyzzyva Magazine, The Greensboro Review, The Bellingham Review, Gulf Coast, and othersEssays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, O, the Oprah Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Rumpus, and others. Visit her online at natalieserber.com

Fee: $80

Please note that we are unable to offer financial aid or scholarships for this program.

For Questions please contact: onlineclasses@hedgebrook.org


How does the class work?

The class is a videotaped session, divided into chapters, featuring the teacher and a small group of students at the Hedgebrook retreat. Each class includes lectures, practical writing exercises, and class discussion.

Is there homework?

The class is one continuous session, divided into chapters, with writing exercises woven in. There is no homework, though you may choose to incorporate some of these experiences into your everyday writing practice.

How much time will the class take?

Totally up to you! Class lengths vary, and all are designed so you can move at your own pace. Video lengths of each chapter are indicated and do not include writing time.

Can I take the class on my phone?

No, you’ll need a tablet or a computer with a fast internet connection to access class videos and materials. You will find that having a notebook and pen or your computer to do the exercises will be helpful.

Please send other questions to onlineclasses@hedgebrook.org