Hedgebrook retreat for women writers is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts women writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer. Residents are housed in six handcrafted cottages, where they spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 women writers at the retreat each year. 

Hedgebrook also invites several established women writers to be in residence each year. These invitational residencies expand Hedgebrook’s community to include high-profile writers who embody Hedgebrook’s spirit and mission. Invited writers stay in a 7th residence, Meadowhouse, originally the groundskeeper’s cottage. In exchange for their residency, Invited writers offer to raise Hedgebrook’s visibility in the world by being guests of honor and keynote speakers at our public events.

The application for our 2014 residency season is now open, with a deadline of September 4th, 2013. Visit the Writers in Residence application page for more information. Click here to view other program opportunities.

For more information about the Writers in Residence Program, contact Residency Director, Vito Zingarelli atvitoz@hedgebrook.org.


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One Response to “Hedgebrook Retreat for Women Writers”

  1. Charles Rhodes 29 August 2013 at 10:04 PM #

    Why would you give space to a discriminatory organization? When they start offering paid retreat space to men then they deserve free advertising. This is pure, unadulterated sexism. Shame on you LLF.



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