today, from Hedgebrook

June 5, 2020

Many times a day, impassioned emails ping into the mailbox expressing concern, need, outrage, and solidarity. Nearly every one offers physical, emotional, and literary resources.

In today’s email is this post from Hedgebrook, a nonprofit literary arts organization and home for creativity on Whidbey Island.

Thanks to Hedgebrook, to you, and to all the individuals, organizations, and publications whose voices make up the growing chorus.

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FOCUS 2017 by Courtney Martin and Wendy MacNaughton

hearing from Hedgebrook

January 30, 2017

HedgebrookFor more than a century, U.S. writers and artists have nurtured their creative impulses at retreat centers around the country. From Thornton Wilder and Aaron Copland to Louise Erdrich and Michael Chabon, literary and artistic figures have benefited from the freedom and creative space offered by colonies and retreat centers.

In 1985, Hedgebrook was established on a Whidbey Island farm by Seattle philanthropist Nancy Nordhoff. The retreat center would be a place for women to come and be in solitude and community. Nancy’s vision has evolved into a global community of writers enriched by diversity: of culture, nationality, voice, genre, generation, perspective, religious beliefs and political affiliations. Nearly two thirds of Hedgebrook’s alumnae are women of color, and they come from all over the world, and all walks of life. They are emerging and published, ranging in age from 18-85, and writing in all genres.

On February 5, 2017, Hedgebrook founder, Nancy Nordhoff, and dynamic executive director, Amy Wheeler, will tell the Hedgebrook story firsthand at Vashon Center for the Arts as part of its Arts & Humanities series. For ticket information and additional details, visit Vashon Center for the Arts.

another winter getaway

September 22, 2015

HedgebrookAs holiday stress sets in, Hedgebrook, on Whidbey Island, offers the possibility of relief: a one-day writing salon.
The next Salon at Hedgebrook will be Saturday, December 5, 2015. The schedule features morning and afternoon workshops as well as a participant open mic, plus meals and conversation in between. Workshop instructors include Rose Cano, Valerie Easton, Sarah Galvin, Suzanne Kelman, Priscilla Long and Ijeoma Oluo.
Proceeds benefit Hedgebrook and early registration rates continue until November 1. Details on the Hedgebrook Salons page.


August 17, 2015

HedgebrookIf you’re curious about Hedgebrook or, for that matter, nostalgic to visit it once again, you are invited to the Hedgebrook Open House on Saturday, September 26, 2015, 1:00-4:00pm. Wander the forest paths, tour the gardens, listen to live marimba music, sample tasty refreshments from Hedgebrook’s kitchen, breathe the fresh Whidbey Island air and enjoy readings by Erica Bauermeister, Karen Finneyfrock, Stephanie Kallos and Donna Miscolta. This is a free event, but RSVPs are required on eventbrite.

get away and write

August 2, 2013

HedgebrookThanks to Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor, for the heads-up on Hedgebrook.

The Whidbey Island-based organization is accepting applications for its Writer in Residence program until midnight, Pacific Standard Time, Wednesday, September 4, 2013.

Residencies of two weeks to six weeks, between February and October 2014, are available for about forty writers.

Learn more about the Writer in Residence program and see the application guidelines. Follow Hedgebrook on Facebook.


Located on Whidbey Island, “Hedgebrook supports visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come.” At the end of May, Hedgebrook is offering VORTEXT, a weekend salon featuring workshops, keynote presentations, conversations, panel discussions, shared meals and community. To learn more about VORTEXT and this year’s presenters, visit the VORTEXT event page.

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