Hedgebrook is accepting applications for 2017 residencies.
As a Writer in Residence at Hedgebrook, you stay in a cottage of your own, nestled in the idyllic woods on Whidbey Island.
You join your five fellow writers in residence for dinner each night in the Farmhouse, where you feast on organic meals sourced from the garden just outside the window.
After dinner, you forge a sisterhood while sharing your stories and setbacks with a diverse group of women writers.
By the end of your 2-to-6 week residency, you leave transformed, empowered, and inspired to share your story with the world.
Yes, I was one of those six writers at Hedgebrook in 2008, when I accepted a six week residency in Owl Cottage amongst 48 acres of enchanted woodland.
A former writer resident encouraged me to apply. It took me two years and being housebound for two weeks to dare attempt it. I sent in 10 pages of poetry and my statements and was accepted against all odds (read application guidelines).
Hedgebrook isn’t a Retreat; it’s an Advance – Gloria Steinem
It was a dream I never expected to realise. It was a family I never aspired to join. It is the one thing I hold on to whenever I doubt myself as a writer. As a Chinese writing in English, never published and a poor scholar who left school in Year 10, Hedgebrook gave me the daring to call myself a poet.
The bond between the writers at Hedgebrook is a sisterhood that holds strong long after the residency. Those days and nights of six long weeks of solitude and companionship, round table feasts and fireside readings, yellow raspberries and purple figs for the picking, roaming deers and cotton tail rabbits, swooping owls and soaring eagles… it’s hard to believe that all that was real. Yet it was real. I was there. I must have done something good.
There is no fee for the residency but a US$30 processing fee for the application. You send a sample of your best work, an artist’s statement regarding your work and share something of who you are and you may have a chance of being offered a place for 2 – 6 weeks.
The Writers in Residence application is now available online.