Writers in Residence

Freeland, WA, United States

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. 

Contact

P.O. Box 1231
Freeland, WA 98236
United States

Year Founded
1989
Context
Rural
Residency Structure
Stand-alone
Residency Program Type
Retreat
Residency Length
2 weeks - 4 weeks
Languages
English
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
6
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Discipline
Fiction
Journalism
Literary Nonfiction
Literature
New Genres
Nonfiction
Playwriting
Poetry
Screenwriting
Writing
Storytelling
Companions
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
N/A
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Give artist talk or presentation
Lead workshop for the public
Other
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Opportunity to travel
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Restricted funding
Research support
Inspiration from natural environment
Opportunities to collaborate with other artists/residents
Opportunities to develop relationships with other artists/residents
Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
70
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
1000
Artist Stipend
0
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
0
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
0
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

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.

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
30
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Pre-orientation
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Captions for videos
Links to resources, effective practices, grievance procedures, etc.
Accessible seating
Staff/volunteer reading information aloud
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Partially Accessible
Caregiver/Aide/PCA
Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Cathy Bruemmer
Accessibility Contact Email
cathyb@hedgebrook.org
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
Other Services/Aids Offered in Residency + Other Programming

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. 

How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

Most of the residency experience is accessible to artists with limited mobility. But it does depend on each artist's specific mobility. 

Please briefly describe the facilities and areas of the campus that are NOT accessible.

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).
 

Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Accessible Housing
Partially Accessible (50% or more)
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
N/A
Common/Communal Spaces Information

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.

Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry on campus
No WIFI in housing
Housekeeping services
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Other
Meals Provided
All meals
Residents have access to private kitchen
Additional Meals Information
Vegan meal options can be requested
Vegetarian meal options can be requested
Gluten-free meal options can be requested
Kosher and halal options can be requested
Food allergies and restrictions can be accommodated
Snack and beverage provided
Other
Computer/Internet Access
Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared)
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Studios/Facilities Details

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.

Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Partially Accessible (50% or more)