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By Abigail Carter

Hanna Tinti

“Hedgebrook gave me confidence when I was untried, sustained me when I hit bumps in the road, and inspired me to take risks that cracked open the words on the page. I am so grateful for the extraordinary staff and supporters who keep this bit of Eden flourishing.”

~ Alumna & author of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

By Abigail Carter

Allison Green

Hedgebrook changed my writing life. Not only did my residency there show me what I could do with enough time and space to write, but my writing group evolved from an alumnae gathering in 2005 and has been going strong ever since.

By Abigail Carter

Carine Topal

Ever since experiencing Hedgebrook I have loved window seats. How I sat at the window and drank that gorgeous French press coffee. How I wrote for pages without stopping, and when I paused and looked up… there was a deer. I picked purple sweet peas from the garden and channeled Emily Dickinson for days. I knew I was not alone on this lovely estate, yet the unique craftsman home that I stayed in offered me a feeling of calm isolation. My ambition to write was the greatest after leaving Hedgebrook, and I am pleased to say that the ambition has not waned. Time at Hedgebrook was one of the most special retreats that I’ve experienced.

By Abigail Carter

Sally J. Pla

I came to Hedgebrook a scared imposter. I had no right to be there. But everyone was kind, and encouraged me, and I worked night and day on a manuscript… and here I am, four years and three books later, filled with gratitude. Hedgebrook lifted me up, as it does to so many. It gave me the gift of myself. It taught me I did have a voice. And these days, that voice is growing stronger and surer. I am forever grateful.

By Abigail Carter

Patricia Caspers

Because of Hedgebrook I made lifelong friends who helped me see the value in my work. I also learned the importance of shutting down devices, cocooning, and caring for myself to makes space for the words to arrive at my doorstep.

By Abigail Carter

Mary Tang

My time at Hedgebrook was a time of healing and reflection. I was in the company of the best poets and I felt like a fraud. I must be the token nobody; I thought. I lived in fear of being found out. It took all of the six weeks I spent at Hedgebrook to recover my self esteem. Here the extraordinary writers treated me as equal and the care and kindness of everyone helped me find my own worth.

By Abigail Carter

Dr. Seema Yasmin

I started the Yasmin Scholarship to support women and nonbinary people of color to attend Hedgebrook because of its impact on me. I really began my book-writing life at Hedgebrook and in the two years since my residency have published one book with another coming out next year.

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