Hedgebrook is a global community of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films and music by women. A literary nonprofit, our mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. We offer writing residencies, master classes and salons at our retreat on Whidbey Island, and public programs that connect writers with readers and audiences around the world.

Introduction to Hedgebrook

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Dipika Guha

My hope for my work is that it opens up, both on the page and in performance a space for conversation and dissent. I don’t believe in characterising female experience in any homogenous way but I do hope that women in particular and people who dis-identify with gender norms will find a place in the work that feels authentic.

Joni Takanikos

I hope my writing will take my readers and listeners closer to their own deep sense of dwelling in the vast and open spaces of their indomitable souls. I am regularly brought to such vistas in my reading. I am still awestruck by the power of a poem or story that brings me either back to myself, or enables me to become someone completely different.

Holly Morris

(I hope) that readers/viewers will say to themselves: “Me too then” – and revolutionize their own lives. Women see their own possibility, their own potential, in the stories of other women. Then, they go out and change the world.

Hedgebrook supports women so they may speak the truth, tell the messy, sometimes unpopular stories… find their voice…

~ Eve Ensler


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