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Y-WE Write Summer Camp

August 12 – 18, 2019

Join Hedgebrook & Young Women Empowered (Y-WE)  for an amazing leadership and literacy summer camp on beautiful Whidbey Island. This week-long 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!

Hedgebrook has selected four of our powerful and experienced alumnae, as Teaching Artists, who will work closely with Y-WE youth and mentors over the course of the camp. The Teaching Artists will each present on a different area of literary expression—such as poetry, fiction, nature writing, songwriting, spoken word, science fiction, and more!

*those who identify as women or girls or were assigned female at birth

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Join us to

  • hang out with awesome diverse girls and women
  • meet dedicated mentors who will inspire you
  • work with professional spoken word artists, poets, novelists, songwriters, and more
  • develop your unique voice and talents
  • explore the natural world
  • set and meet goals for your future
  • learn leadership skills
  • relax, eat delicious food, and make new friends

About the Camp

About the Camp

Dates: August 12 – 18, 2019

Location: Whidbey Institute, 6449 Old Pietila Rd, Clinton, WA 98236

Who is the Camp for: Young Women, ages 14-19

Tuition: Full tuition for the camp is $1,000. We are committed to offering this program to every young woman and we charge on a sliding scale. You may request a scholarship if needed.

For more information and to register: Visit the Y-WE website here.

Questions: Contact Y-WE Program Specialist Anna McCracken at connect@y-we.org or (253) 355-1502.


Amber Flame – Songwriting

Anastacia Tolbert –  Memoir Poetry

Christina Roberts, PhD – Nature Writing

Shannon Y. Humphrey – Science Fiction

Amber Flame

Amber Flame is a writer, composer and performer, whose work has garnered artistic merit residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Vermont Studio Center, and Yefe Nof. Flame’s original work has been published in diverse arenas, including Winter Tangerine, The Dialogist, Split This Rock, Black Heart Magazine, Sundress Publications, FreezeRay, Redivider Journal and more. A 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee, Jack Straw Writer and recipient of the CityArtist grant from Seattle's Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, Amber Flame's first full-length poetry collection, Ordinary Cruelty, was recently published through Write Bloody Press. Flame joins the Hugo House in Seattle as the 2017 poetry Writer-in-Residence, and is a queer Black single mama just one magic trick away from growing her unicorn horn.

Christina Roberts, PhD

Christina Roberts, PhD is Associate Professor of English, Director of Indigenous Peoples Institute, and Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies at Seattle University. Literature has the power to change lives, and her life changed dramatically because of her passion for teaching and American literatures. She's a local who ventured out to the Southwest for graduate school and in search of a purpose for her life. As a first-generation college student, she had never imagined leaving her family behind or moving across the nation. After six years in the desert, she received her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Arizona (May 2007) and found her way home. While at the University of Arizona, she studied with scholars and writers who focused on Native American literatures, early to nineteenth-century American literature, literatures of the American west and frontier, and she also worked with programs that supported Native American youth and first-generation college students.

Anastacia Tolbert

Anastacia-Renee Tolbert is a queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. She has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jacks Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust Edge program. Her Chapbook 26, recently published by Dancing Girl Press, is an abbreviated alphabet expression of the lower and uppercase lives of women and girls. A Pushcart nominee (2015), her poetry, fiction & nonfiction have been published or is forthcoming in Duende, Blackberry, Bone Bouquet, Crab Creek Review, Dismantle and many others. Recently Tolbert has been expanding her creative repertoire into the field of visual art, and has exhibited her painting and photography surrounding the body as a polarized place of both the private and political. She lives in Seattle with her two teenaged sons and runs the Performance Studies Department at the Seattle Girl’s School. This year she has begun a yearlong theatrical mixed-media project in collaboration with the Project Room, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show. Lately she’s been obsessed with the body & the stories (true & not true) it holds.

Shannon Y. Humphrey

Attorney and Author Shannon Humphrey writes science fiction featuring heroic women and minorities. In 2013, Shannon released her first young adult fiction novel Hope Defined. As a fiction author, she was a Hedgebrook resident in 2018. She will re-publish the Hope series in 2019, as well as her new series Skin Trials.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, she was also a trial attorney, who fought for poor families across Los Angeles. She now writes as an appellate attorney who challenges unfair treatment of poor people in the courts.

Shannon has been a public servant and active in politics since her years of growing up in Little Rock, Arkansas. She served as President of University of Arkansas’s Black Students Association, sat on the U of A Chancellor’s Advisory Committee, and after college, worked as a Legislative Correspondent and scheduler on Capitol Hill for former Congressman Vic Snyder.

Shannon was the 40th President of Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and her focus throughout her tenure was police relations in the community and underprivileged youth. She served on the National Bar Association's Police Brutality Committee, writing press releases informing the NBA membership of police injustices around the nation. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and is an alumna of Los Angeles African-American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI). She has also been selected as the National Bar Association’s Top 40 Advocates Under 40 in the Nation.

Meals and Lodging

Young women will be sleeping in tents. Y-WE can provide tents and sleeping bags for anyone who needs them. Indoor program facilities, hot showers, bathrooms, and yummy nutritious meals are provided. To see photos and info about the Whidbey Institute, please visit: www.whidbeyinstitute.org.

Y-WE Write

About Y-WE

Founded in 2010, Y-WE provides mentorship and empowerment programs for young women* in the greater Seattle area. Y-WE serves a diverse group of young women, ages 14-19, and women mentors, ages 19-70+. The organization is open to young women from all walks of life. Currently, over 60% of the youth are immigrants to the USA. 85% of the youth and 50% of the adults are women of color. Our youth and mentors also represent a myriad of family, sexual orientation, religious, political, and educational backgrounds. Learn more about Y-WE.

*those who identify as women or girls or were assigned female at birth

About Y-WE Mentors

The camp will have a 1:2 ratio of adults to youth. Our mentors are diverse and powerful women who generously volunteer their time to participate in the camp alongside the girls. Our mentors offer their skills, networks, and passions to support the success of all the young women. They work in fields that range from the arts to business, to technology, to education.