Hear from a recent group of Hedgebrook Writers in Residence who are tackling global issues...
If you’re wondering how remarkable change-maker women like these come to Hedgebrook, it’s through our cutting edge, ten-year honed adjudication process, led by Hedgebrook’s eleven year Program Director, Vito Zingarelli, and four year Program Manager, Julie O’Brien (pictured right).

This year alone, we received over 1,500 applications for writing residencies at Hedgebrook, from 37 countries, and 48 states across the United States.

Our panel of 50 adjudicators are Hedgebrook alumnae from across the nation and around the globe, two thirds of whom are women of color. They represent a diverse background of writing genres, including: memoir, journalism, play writing, screenwriting, academic/critical writing, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, political activism, short story, young adult, songwriting, science fiction, and translation.

We have a three round adjudication process over three months.
In the “first round” applications are distributed to domestic and international. alumnae readers, they reach consensus and 20% of the initial application pool advances to the next round,
In the “second round” of our process, alumnae readers meet in person in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Each reader triumvirate reads and ranks each application to reach consensus and choose a “final 100” to advance to the last round of our process. In the “third round”, a panel of alumnae readers from around the country read and rank the “final 100”, and then gather in Seattle to select the top 40 writers who will be accepted into Hedgebrook.

We proudly offer a stipend to our team of devoted adjudicators, who are a mix of ‘first time’ and ‘returning’. These stipends are covered by our application fee, which remains optional, so we’re sure not to create barriers for any applicants. Hedgebrook residencies are free of cost to writers, which we are grateful to all of our supporters for making possible. Most of all, we are grateful to the global campfire of writers who are committed to sharing their stories with their communities and our world. 

Pictured right, Vito and Julie working with alumnae on final adjudication day at Hedgebrook’s Seattle office in Pioneer Square.
Hedgebrook Alumnae teach at
Y WE Write camp
Each year a group of four Hedgebrook Alumnae teach writing at a week long residential writing camp for young girls on Whidbey Island, called Y WE Write. The Camp serves teen girls ages 13 to 18, 70% of whom are first generation immigrants, and 80% of whom are young women of color.   

Join us in celebrating our four Hedgebrook Y WE mentors!

Anastacia-Renee from Seattle is Civic Poet of Seattle and former 2015-2017 Poet-in-Residence at Hugo House. I look forward to the camp all year because I know, in real time, frame by frame as well as in the big picture; I will be making a huge impact on the children who will soon be the next writers, professors, mathematicians and activists."
Karen Finneyfrock from Seattle is a poet, novelist, teaching artist and the author of two young adult novels. “I love representing Hedgebrook in this work because I feel I'm able to spread some of the Hedgebrook experience to the next generation of writers, to widen the circle of influence, and make what is internal external for a brief time in the cozy confines of camp.”

Melissa Chadburn lives in Los Angeles and has written for The Atlantic, NY Times, Buzzfeed, Al Jazeera America and more. “Like a rabbit’s foot, knocking around within me was a hope. A hope that I’d create a safe space for the young writers to generate new work.”

Joshunda Sanders is from New York City, her work has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review , Teen Vogue, Salon , Publishers Weekly , Bitch Magazine, Gawker, and more. “As is so often the case with teaching, I learned more than I taught. This time it was how beautiful some scars are when they meet light, how a wound can be a poem, can be a letter, can be a triumph.”
This Tuesday October 24th, 5:30-7:30
Peacemaker and Immigrant Writers Panel Discussion
In Seattle & Live Broadcast

You are invited to a panel discussion featuring three international activists who are currently Writers In Residence at Hedgebrook. This program is presented in partnership with three University of Washington departments; American Ethnic Studies,Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, and The Honors Program. It will be moderated by University of Washington Professor & Hedgebrook alumna Dr. LaShawnDa Pittman. In addition to being the Assistant Professor in the American Ethinic Studies Department, LaShawnDa is the founder of the first digital archive devoted to black grandmothers, . Reception with refreshments to follow the panel discussion. Located on the UW Campus, Simpson Center Communications, 120 Lecture, Room 202. Click for Map & Directions. 
Please  Click here to RSVP  to attend in person. Like our Facebook Page for a live broadcast.
Sunday March 18th, 2018
Mark Your Calendar

We've confirmed two featured writers for EQUIVOX 2018!
Sarah Ruhl - Playwright and screenwriter of Gloria Steinem's My Life On The Road
Pulitzer Prize winning writer Annette Gordon-Reed - Who brought the story of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson to light
On-line Library
Browse Our On-line library
At our farmhouse we have a library of published works by Hedgebrook Alumnae. Now we have curated an online version of this library to share with you. Please search by title, genre, author or date, to find published works from women authoring change.

View the online library, be inspired and enjoy sharing with your community. Click here» 
November 2017
Bestselling Writers Share Their Stories
Bay Area
You are invited to an inspiring evening with Hedgebrook Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Ellen Sus sman. This community engagement event is free of charge, and you do not need to be a member of the Metropolitan Club to attend.

When:  November 9th, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Where:   Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA, 94102 
Please join us. Click here to RSVP »
April- May 2018
Master Class with
Claire Dederer
The Surprising Power of Form
In this generative class, we'll play with a few of the non-traditional forms I use in my recent memoir Love and Trouble , which The Seattle Stranger called "practically a master class in narrative technique." Some narrative techniques we'll try: maps of remembered places; poetic ABC lists; faux how-to manuals. All levels are welcome to this memoir/non-fiction Master Class.
Happening Now
Creative Writing Series
We're happy to have to launched Hedgebrook’s On-Line Creative Writing Series with  Structuring Your Memoir  led by Theo Pauline Nestor, celebrated writing teacher and author of  Writing Is My Drink . Classes are being taped at the retreat and are designed to support your writing practice and craft, while sharing Hedgebrook’s unique residency experience. While this class is memoir-focused, writers in other genres find it useful for exploring the themes and structures of their stories.
January 2018
Master Class in Goa, India with Elmaz Abinader
How To Develop Stories from Your Own Life
Our inaugural Master Class in Goa, India offers the possibility to immerse yourself in Hedgebrook’s unique residency experience amidst the beauty and wonderment of India. Beloved writer and teacher Elmaz Abinader will lead a small-group multi-genre workshop, open to women writers of all backgrounds and levels of experience, in a beautiful retreat setting near the famed white sand beaches of Goa.
Hedgebrook's Property Manager Cathy Bruemmer, is a familiar face to anyone who’s been to our retreat over the nearly 20 years she has worked here. In addition to her daily radical hospitality with our Writers in Residence, Cathy manages our 48-acre Pacific Northwest retreat- all of it!

As a leader, Cathy builds strong community on her team. One of its members, Kathy Watson, led Hedgebrook Housekeeping for 13 years, before retiring this Spring. She and her husband, Brad, a re looking forward to wintering in sunny Arizona. We wish Kathy Watson all the best.

Thank you for joining us in appreciating these two well-loved, long term members of our Hedgebrook staff team, who’ve given so much of their time and energy to supporting  Women Authoring Change.
Pictured here are our Property Manager, Cathy Bruemmer, with  Savannah Reid and Peyton Cypress.
When a narcissistic orange cat meets a determined cleaning lady who refuses to sweep dirt under the rug, the claws come out and the fur flies in  Dianna MacLeod's  fiendishly feline perspective on politics. Her one-act play, "An Interview with Krump's Cat," was recently produced by Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

Meet Grace Talusan Winner of
The 2017 Price for New Immigrant Writing - Restless Books

A remarkable multigenerational novel, The Border of Paradise
by Esmé Weijun Wang transports readers into the world of an iconoclastic midcentury family.

The Playwright Lauren Lee Winner of
The Kesselring Prize featured in the New York Times

Alumnae -- Please share your successes with us by emailing , and we’ll feature them in our next newsletter! 

Gratitude event at Los Angeles Writers Guild
celebrating HUMANITAS & Woolf Pack Support,
along with 2 years of Screenwriter Lab participants!

Our fully funded programs support women authors from 38 countries and all across the United States.

It is because of your generosity that we can fight to effect change by amplifying ALL women’s voices for a just and peaceful world.