Hedgebrook Fundraiser


Dreaming of a week away from the daily grind so you can finish your script or book? Yearn for a place where you could write in peace in a secluded cottage on a beautiful island?

Make your dream come true! We are offering the week of Thursday, June 7 to Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Hedgebrook, the prestigious womens writers retreat on Whidbey Island, North of Seattle. What is included: your very own cottage on 48 wooded acres, with views of Mt. Rainier in the distance; superb meals, including organic eggs, meat, and vegetables from Hedgebrook’s own garden; a beautiful environment of inspiration and solitude; a community of writers; and an invigorating creative atmosphere. This is an amazing opportunity. No applying writer can get into Hedgebrook for a minimum of two years!!! But you can if you act fast and buy it now!!!

BUY YOUR OWN AMAZING WEEK AT HEDGEBROOK women’s writers retreat, June 7, 2012 to June 14, 2012 – $1,950

Must be a female Writers Guild member to qualify. All proceeds from this sale go to support programs at the Writers Guild Foundation. Available 6/7/12 – 6/14/12 only. Costs not covered are transportation to Seattle and back, and the cost of a shuttle van to Whidby Island, and any personal expenses.

View from the Hedgebrook cottage where Robin Swicord stayed and where Gloria Steinem wrote her memoirs.

Located on beautiful Whidbey Island near Seattle, Hedgebrook offers one of the few residency programs in the world exclusively dedicated to supporting the creative process of women writers, and bringing their work to the world through innovative public programs.

The gift of time and space in solitude cannot be overestimated. It is essential to a writer’s process and difficult to carve out in daily life. Having her own cottage, with meals provided, enables a writer to give full focus to her work and go deeper into her writing process.

Hedgebrook was founded on Virginia Woolf’s belief that giving a writer a room of her own is the greatest vote of confidence in her voice. What Hedgebrook has discovered is the power of community: bringing women together is equally important in nurturing and informing their voices, and emboldening them to speak.

At the end of a day of writing, all six residents come down to the farmhouse kitchen and share a meal, their stories, histories, breakthroughs and roadblocks. They give advice and feedback, and challenge each other to take risks. A community forms around the kitchen table, bonds deepen through conversation, and writers leave knowing they are part of the larger Hedgebrook community in the world.

Since their founding in 1988, nearly 1300 women have come from all over the world for a Hedgebrook residency. They range in age from 18-83, are emerging and established, writing in all genres and from all walks of life.

Hedgebrook is a beautiful 48-acre retreat on Whidbey Island, North of Seattle, with views of Puget Sound and Mt Rainier in the distance. They house six writers in residence at a time, each in her own cottage in the woods. Writers have the entire property to themselves, and are free to roam the trails in the woods, rest on the bench overlooking the ponds and meadow, or walk to nearby Double Bluff beach.

The six hand-crafted cottages are Oak, Fir, Owl, Cedar, Willow and Waterfall. Each has an upstairs sleeping loft with a hand built double bed, lamps, rocking chair, chest of drawers, and a small closet. The main floor has a work area with ample desk space, a sitting area with window seat looking out into the woods, and a comfortable, overstuffed armchair. Bookshelves have space for the writer’s personal library, as well as a cottage journal in which each resident is invited to make entries during her stay. With entries dating from Hedgebrook’s genesis in 1988, the journals are the cottage’s living legacy – and a way for writers to connect with those who have come before, and those will come after your stay.

A small half-bathroom and a fully equipped efficiency kitchen finish out the main floor. All cottages have electricity and are heated primarily by wood stoves. Writers share a centrally located bathhouse equipped with two showers, old-fashioned bathtub, two sinks, drawers for each cottage, heated floors and a washer/dryer.

The historic farmhouse is the center of the Hedgebrook community, where residents gather for dinner at a table overlooking Deer Lagoon and Puget Sound. All meals are prepared by Hedgebrook’s chefs, using organic food from their garden and local farmers. The farmhouse living room, with a library full of Hedgebrook writer’s books, serves as a gathering place for residents to converse and share their work.

Learn more about Hedgebrook.