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Salon - June 2019

Join us for creative workshops led by and for women writers. Enjoy a day filled with lively conversation and delicious food, culminating in a party with an open mic. Write, learn, share stories and leave freshly inspired.


Saturday, June 15th, 2019

9 am – 6 pm

Class Descriptions


Writing From the Body and Memory

Use your body and memory as the catalyst for writing. Through a mesh of body movement, brainstorm, and memory, we will create a new prose form as a class. We’ll examine work from writers such as Eve Ensler, Dr. Bettina Judd, Danez Smith and Audre Lorde and others who use the body as a substructure for their writing. Bring your body, memory and creativity.


Crafting Effective Dialog: How to write naturalistic and hardworking discourse between your characters

We all know bad dialog when we hear it: it’s unnatural and unconvincing, like a clunky device used only to reveal information and back story. In this class, we’ll explore and practice how to bring our characters’ unique voices to life, and how to put them to work—organically—in the story. 


Dissolving or Deepening Tension with Humor

A story without humor can be a story without soul. But a story with ill-timed, gimmicky, or gratuitous jokes can pull the reader out of the narrative. What are the uses of humor in a story, and how are they best executed in terms of dissolving or deepening tension? We’ll look at excerpts from work by Jessica Hagedorn, Denise Chávez, Antonya Nelson and others, and we’ll respond to prompts with writing that reflects different points on the humor spectrum.


The Collage Memoir

We will look at memoir-ish whatevers written not as direct, through-line narratives, but as “collages” or collections of short prose vignettes, anecdote, lists, etc. We will study instructor provided handouts of texts of this type of writing with an eye to how we can fashion our own personal memoirs whether composed as prose, poetry, text-image hybrids or something else.  Please bring something to write with and something to write on and a willingness to share your work. Suitable for writers of all genres and levels.


Writing as Resurrection. Writing the Ancestors

Bring a photograph. We will use image as touchstone.

Bring in your thoughts, a story of an ancestor’s challenge/victory/resistance.

Bring a story of what land the story is from, and whose land that is.

We will write back and forward, that is, consciously connecting with ancestors using persona poem technique, research, sense and memory. Prompts & discussions. 
We will consider a life journey challenge faced by an ancestor and immerse ourselves in recreated reality of their life.

You will leave with a story of a beloved.


Blank Page to First Draft in Just Six Weeks

In this hands-on class, Suzanne will teach you six different techniques she uses to get her first drafts completed fast. In the last eight months, she has finished six first drafts, writing just three hours a day.


Anastacia-Renee is a writer, educator, and interdisciplinary artist. She is the Seattle Civic Poet, recipient of the 2018, James W. Ray Distinguished Artist award for
Washington artists (Artist Trust), and 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. She is the author of, Forget It (Black Radish Books), (v.), (Black Ocean) 26, (Dancing Girl Press), and Answer(Me) (Winged City Chapbooks). She has received writing fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jack Straw, Ragdale, Mineral School and Hypatia in the Woods. 

Jennie Shortridge

Jennie Shortridge is the author of five novels, including Love Water Memory and When She Flew, and is currently working on a memoir. Her books have been translated into several languages, optioned for film and TV, and selected as American Booksellers Association’s Indie Next picks and Library Journal’s Editors’ Picks. A lifelong volunteer, she is the co-founder and executive director of Seattle7Writers, a nonprofit collective of Northwest authors who raise money and awareness for literature and literacy.

Donna Miscolta

Donna Miscolta’s story collection Hola and Goodbye, winner of the Doris Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman, was published by Carolina Wren Press in 2016. It won an Independent Publishers award for Best Regional Fiction and an International Latino Book Award for Best Latino Focused Fiction. She’s also the author of the novel When the de la Cruz Family Danced published in 2011. Recent stories and essays have appeared in The Fourth River, Cascadia Magazine, Moss, and Seattle Review of Books. She writes a monthly blog at donnamiscolta.com.

Rebecca Brown

Rebecca Brown's thirteenth book, NOT HEAVEN, SOMEWHERE ELSE, was published in 2018. Her other books, published in the US and abroad, include AMERICAN ROMANCES,  THE HAUNTED HOUSE, THE DOGS:A MODERN BESTIARY,  THE TERRIBLE GIRLS and THE GIFTS OF THE BODY.   Her work has been translated into Japanese, German, Dutch, Norwegian, Italian, etc. and her criticism often appears in The Stranger.  Her altered texts and installations have been exhibited in the Frye Art Museum, Hedreen Gallery, Arizona Center for Poetry and elsewhere.  “Monstrous,” her one-woman performance/talk about Frankenstein premiered at Northwest Film Forum.  She’s also written a play, THE TOASTER, and the libretto for a dance opera,  THE ONION TWINS. She  is currently Senior-Artist in-Residence at University of Washington, Bothell. She lives in Seattle with her spouse.

Storme Webber

Storme Webber is a Two Spirit Sugpiaq/Black/Choctaw poet and interdisciplinary artist. Her work is cross genre, incorporating text, performance, audio and altar installation, archival photographs and collaboration in order to engage with ideas of history, lineage, gender, race and sexuality. Her practice explores liminal identities, survivance and decolonization, and does so in a blues-based experimental manner, often incorporating acapella vocals.

She has received numerous honors and residencies; including from Hedgebrook, Ragdale and Banff Arts Centre, and recently was honored with the James W Ray Award. Her first solo museum exhibition, “Casino: A Palimpsest”, was presented at Frye Art Museum in Seattle. Minh Nyguyen, in Art in America, wrote: “Rather than erect divisions between personal art and historical archives, “Casino” considered the intangible properties by which art and poetry are connected to family, ancestry, language, and public memory, revealing intergenerational, underground histories of resilience.” Her most recent book, “Blues Divine” is available from her website.

Suzanne Kelman

Suzanne Kelman is a 2015 Academy of Motion Pictures Nicholl Finalist, Multi-Award-Winning Screenwriter/Playwright and a Film Producer. As well as working in film, she is also International Amazon Bestselling Fiction Author of the Southlea Bay Series - The Rejected Writers' Book Club, Rejected Writers Take the Stage and The Rejected Writers' Christmas Wedding.

Date: June 15th, 2019 | 9 AM – 6 PM

Location: Hedgebrook

Price: General Registration: $265, Cedar Deep Members: $235



Free Parking On-site for all participants.


* All proceeds from this workshop benefit Hedgebrook and go toward underwriting our mission to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come.

* If you have questions or if you are planning to give this experience as a gift, please contact us by phone at 360-321-4786 or email our office at hedgebrook@hedgebrook.org.

* Full payment is due at the time of registration. Please call 360-321-4786 for any questions or concerns, or if you need help with your registration.


9:00 AM: Continental breakfast & kick-off conversation in the Longhouse
10:00 AM: Morning writing workshops in the cottages & Meadowhouse
12:30 PM: Lunch & conversation
2:00 PM: Afternoon writing workshops in the cottages & Meadowhouse
4:30 – 6 PM: Open Mic with wine & cheese reception in the Longhouse