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Programs for Writers

Hedgebrook offers a variety of opportunities for writers to hone their craft. Find out more about our most popular programs below:

Writers in Residence

Discover a writing sanctuary… Hedgebrook hosts writers from all over the world for fully-funded residencies of two to six weeks. As a Writer in Residence at Hedgebrook, you can completely devote yourself to your writing while leaving the outside world behind. Spend days exploring your craft and evenings sharing your process and your stories with other writers at the retreat.

Applications for 2020 residencies are closed.

Master Classes

Learn from the best… Our Master Classes cover a variety of genres, have a limited class size, and are led by celebrated writers. In this structured 1-week retreat experience, you receive five days of writing workshops, instructor-led constructive group feedback sessions, one-on-one sessions with the instructor and an additional day of retreat time.


Join the community… Get away for a weekend and immerse yourself with other writers for a variety of workshops and great conversation at Vortext. In this annual weekend salon led by 6 renowned women writers, you will connect in diverse and powerful small-group workshops, have the opportunity to share your work, and engage in a community with other writers.

Alumnae Programs

Alumnae are at the heart of the Hedgebrook community. Their continued involvement and engagement with the organization and our mission are part of what makes Hedgebrook so unique. We love to hear from alums about your publications, awards, accomplishments and events!

Women Playwrights Festival

For over twenty years, the Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival has proudly supported the creation and development of hundreds of new theatrical works by some of the most exciting playwrights of our time—who have gone on to become Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Obie, Emmy and Golden Globe award winners, as well as McArthur Genius Fellows.

Songwriters Residency

Six songwriters are chosen each year through an international nominations process by people in the music industry. In an industry where they are mostly surrounded by men, it is a rare opportunity to be in the company of other female songwriters for two weeks. As alumnae, they join our global community of writers who embody diversity across the spectrum: of generation, race and nationality, LGBTQ, emerging and established, and working in a variety of musical forms.

Y-We Write Summer Camp

Join Hedgebrook & Young Women Empowered (Y-WE)  for an amazing leadership and literacy summer camp on beautiful Whidbey Island. This 5-day exploration of young women’s voices, stories, dreams and talents is sure to ignite your spirit. This camp is unlike any other. No writing or performing experience necessary!


Tuscany Master Class

The Tuscany Master Class offers a convergence of Hedgebrook’s retreat experience with the unique opportunity to study with a renowned writer in a small-group workshop and enjoy being in residence in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. Here writers will receive a taste of Hedgebrook’s “radical hospitality,” along with devoted time, space, and a new landscape and culture that will both nourish and inspire.

Online Writing Series

We are offering pay-what-you-can offer classes in a diversity of genres designed to ground your writing practice and hone your craft. Classes are filmed at the retreat, and presented as a series of pre-recorded chapters, with the teacher and a small group of writers. The classes can be taken all at once or over the course of time it is offered. You can take each class you register for as many times as you’d like within the timeframe.

Webinar Series

In this time of uncertainty and self-isolating at home, we recognize that people need connection now more than ever. Even writers like you, who may be accustomed to working in solitude, need other writers from time to time to cheer you on, provide feedback, support, and fresh ideas. We’re offering this pay-what-you-can series as one way for you to meet some of those writerly needs.