Hedgebrook Writers in Residence
Our Writers in Residence Program supports fully-funded residencies for selected women-identified writers at the retreat each year. Up to 6 writers can be in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage. 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, “The Gathering” is a social time for residents to connect and share over their freshly prepared meals.
Writers must be women, 18 and older, which is inclusive of transgender women and female-identified individuals. Because gender inequity still occurs in all spaces including literary ones, it is part of our explicit mission to support and promote women’s voices. Residents must be willing to adhere to a specific set of health and safety protocols we have implemented to keep writers, staff, and surrounding communities safer.
Our application and adjudication processes are genre-specific. Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, TV/Screenwriters, Playwrights, and Songwriters are all encouraged to apply. Applications are read by jurors who are proficient to read in each genre.
P.O. Box 1231
Freeland, WA 98236
Residency Program Information
Residency Program Summary
Our Writers in Residence program is fully-funded. Room and board are included in the residency. Travel is not included, and is the responsibility of the writer.
Motorized electric scooter is available for any resident who requests it.
We are remodeling the entrance to the communal Farmhouse space to include a ramp entrance.
Owl Cottage has a wheelchair accessible entrance 33.5" wide with ramp, and larger bathroom.
Beds can be made downstairs vs. upstairs in the bedroom loft in the cottage.
The bathhouse has a level entrance with 36" exterior and interior door openings. Handle holds are in each shower stall.
Paths are crushed gravel or packed earth between cottages and from cottages to communal spaces. We offer office chairs for different body sizes in the cottages.
Foods are prepared based on each artists' sensitivities and/or alleri
Our online classes are all available with Closed Captioning.
Most of the residency experience is accessible to artists with limited mobility. But it does depend on each artist's specific mobility.
The door knobs on the cottages and bathhouse are all custom latches (not which may be difficult for some artists to open easily).
There are no grab bars next to the toilets.
The shower stalls have adjustable shower nozzles that may be too high and out of reach for some artists.
Some of the kitchen equipment is on high shelving (could be moved to tabletop height, but would require an artist requesting it).
Housing & Accomodation
The Gathering Space is what we are currently using for the communal space (during covid), accessible through a sliding barn door. Large tables are provided for desk space, accessible on 2 sides without chairs (also 2 sides with chairs). Food is served there, and artists gather for evening conversation there as well. The Gathering Space is an original (to the property) barn, which has been converted into a space for gathering and meals. It was not designed with accessibility in mind, but we are working to make it more accessible.
Studio & Facilities
N/A Hedgebrook is a retreat for writers. No additional studio space is provided, beyond the cottage space. Each cottage has a large desk, and some shared office equipment is available in the shared space.