July 2017 Newsletter

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ALUMNAE IMPACT GLOBALLY & LOCALLY

Alumna Ruby Hansen Murray focusing on oil conflicts
facing the Osage Nation
It was the steady tick of a pump jack, a sound as much a part of an evening in the Osage as the warm buzz of insects and fireflies, that prompted Ruby Hansen Murray to write about oil. Ruby is a citizen of the Osage Nation of Northeastern Oklahoma.
While at Hedgebrook, Ruby began writing and talking with her writer sisters about the current challenges to the mineral estate, which is held in common by the tribe.
The Osage Nation left the Diminished Reserve in Kansas, the land that Little House on the Prairie people entered illegally in the 1870s, for 1.7 million acres of ancestral land they purchased asreservation. The elders did everything they could to assure that it would be safe for generations, but when vast oil deposits were discovered, Osages were threatened, swindled and murdered.Threats come from many directions. To name one, tribal assets are challenged by non-Osages who are landowners in Osage County.Ruby recently began to write about the conflicts, both internal and external, that the tribe experiences related to its mineral resource and to share those essays with tribal leaders.“I’m proud to be among many strong Osage artists and writers. I never feel better than when my art contributes to the tribe. The interest from the women at Hedgebrook encouraged me to translate arcane mineral policy issues that mean so much to us onto the page for general readers.” Her essay “Our Hearts Beating” will be published in As/Us Journal. Ruby won the 2017 Montana Prize in Creative Nonfiction and was a semi-finalist for 2016 Cutthroat Fiction Contest.

Alumna Ladee Hubbard making cross-cultural connections in Brazil
Having received a fellowship from the Sacatar Institute, this Spring, Ladee Hubbard joined an international group of artists from Lithuania, South Korea, and India, for a writing retreat on Itaparica Island, near Salvador, Bahia, Brazil’s third largest city long celebrated for its African cultural retentions.Explains Ladee, “I couldn’t have imagined a better place to deliver the first public reading of my forthcoming novel, The Talented Ribkins, than Salvador, the original colonial capital of Brazil and important center of Afro-Atlantic culture.”The venue for her reading was the Livraria Boto Cor-de-Rosa–The Pink Dolphin– one of the few independent bookstores in Salvador. The publishing arm of their operation focuses on writers who are underrepresented in mainstream Brazilian publishing.“My novel, inspired by the work of W.E.B. DuBois, is rooted in particular cultural, literary, and oral traditions that have grown out of the specific context of the United States. Yet the audience was fully engaged and found connections to the Brazilian context. Organized as a conversation, the reading, like the trip as a whole, became an opportunity to actively engage people working and living within a cultural context vastly different from my own.” Ladee is the winner of the 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award.

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Watch testimonials from participants and partner theaters.

20th Annual

Women Playwrights Festival

Over the past 20 years, our festival has supported an impressive group of women playwrights by offering public readings with professional actors, and residency time at the retreat in conjunction with dramaturgical support to develop their new plays. Award-winning plays by two of our festival participants were showing on Broadway last month!

GRATITUDE  

Thank you Gloria Steinem, Co-Chair, and our entire Creative Advisory Council, for their leadership and inspiration.

“Hedgebrook puts the diversity of women’s voices – marginalized for so long and at such cost – back in the narrative of humanity. Nothing but nothing could be more important right now when the nostalgia of the few for the subjugation of the many is bringing a backlash into power, from Washington to New Delhi. Only stories will help us break through old roles to shared humanity — and Hedgebrook is a global campfire.” – Gloria Steinem, 2017

Pictured above: June meeting in New York. Left to Right: Executive Director, Amy Wheeler; Gloria Steinem; Director of Development & Outreach, Catherine Willis Cleveland; Hedgebrook Board Liaison to Creative Advisory Council, Sarah Ladipo Manyika.
 

 

Thank you Alumna Courtney Martin, who collaborated with New York Times graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton to create this artwork manifesto, which they sold to raise an astounding $22,000 in funds to support Hedgebrook! 

One thing we both felt so strongly was that the work of artists had become all the more vital and urgent. This poster is what evolved from those conversations. We chose Hedgebrook as the recipient of our proceeds because I know firsthand what an incredible gift it is for women artists, especially women of color, and what a force for truth and beauty it is in the world.”

To purchase a poster this week,
click here
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OUR COTTAGE ROOFS NEED REPAIR

We’ve learned some difficult news, and are reaching out for help…

After nearly three decades in the rainy Pacific Northwest woods, our cottage roofs need repair, and it has to happen while the sun is out. Every donation of any size helps us to reach our daunting unexpected need of $125,000.

Please consider setting up a monthly gift through Cedar Deep Circle, or giving through our crowd funding campaign, at https://fundly.com/hedgebrookcottagefundFor a one-time gift, please click Give Now.

Alumnae and New Donor Matching Challenge!

We are deeply grateful to Yana Viniko and Hand In Hand Partners Fund for their generous match. They are challenging Alumnae and new donors to raise the roof!Donations from Alumnae and new donors will be matched TWICE, up to $10,000. That means every gift up to $10,000 will provide up to $30,000 in support. Donations of every size make a difference, please give now.

We thank you for your support!
Hedgebrook is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and donations are tax-deductible. EIN: 80-0012629

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UPCOMING CLASSES AND RETREATS

 

Apply Now

Writers In Residence
Applications are now being accepted for 2018 residencies of 2 to 6 weeks

Writers in Residence is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers each year. Enjoy a cottage of your own, the time and space to create, the solitude to reflect, and the community to support you… you can have all this as a Writer in Residence, plus lifelong connections with other writers, a view of Puget Sound and a Pacific Northwest forest to inspire you. Application and more »

 

January 2018

Overseas Master Class in Goa, India

Now open!

The India Master Class in Goa offers the possibility to immerse yourself in Hedgebrook’s unique retreat experience amidst the exotica of India. This is a unique chance to study with a renowned writer in a small-group workshop and enjoy being in residence near the famed white sand beaches of Goa, India. Beloved writer Elmaz Abinader joins Hedgebrook as faculty for the inaugural offering for this India Master Class. Elmaz offers a multi-genre workshop that is open to writers of all backgrounds. Participation is limited to 8 writers to ensure individual attention and create an intimate, supportive writing community. Application and more »

August 2017

Y-We Write 

Teen Summer Camp

Join Hedgebrook & Young Women Empowered (Y-WE)  for an amazing leadership and literacy summer camp. Hedgebrook will select four of our powerful and experienced alumnae to work closely with Y-WE youth and mentors over the course of the camp. The writers will each present on a different area of literary expression—including poetry, fiction, playwriting, lyrics, spoken word, autobiography, and more!
Application and more »

 

November 2017 
Screenwriters Lab

Hedgebrook’s Screenwriters Lab features a week of one-on-one mentoring sessions and workshops led by experienced writers, with Hedgebrook’s singular residency experience. Post-residency, screenwriters have opportunities to connect with Hedgebrook’s growing community of women in the film industry who can offer advice and guidance as they bring their projects to fruition.

Click here to learn more  »  

 

November 2017

Master Class with 
Aminatta Forna

The Writer’s Toolbox 

In this course you will learn how to think like a writer, you will immerse yourself in the imaginative and technical disciplines of storytelling. Every writer at the outset of a new work must make find the most effective means of telling their particular story. The course will introduce you to a specific element of the craft of writing, what I call the writer’s toolbox: tense, structure, perspective, person, voice, dialogue, character.
Application and more »

RECENT BOOKS, PRODUCTIONS, AND PRESS 

OPRAH Magazine  Cottage Industry 

an article writen about Hedgebrook
http://www.oprah.com/oprahsbookclub/Hedgebrook-Women-Only-Writers-Retreat

South Whidbey Record A Glimpse into Hedgebrook playwrights’ work

an article writen about Hedgebrook
http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/life/a-glimpse-into-hedgebrook-playwrights-work/

Nicole Dennis-Benn launched her book Here Comes The Sun

a hustle to thrive in Jamica. This lithe, artfully-plotted debut concerns itself with the lives of those for whom tourists can barely be bothered to remove their Ray-Bans, and the issues it tackles — the oppressive dynamics of race, sexuality and class in post-colonial Jamaica.
http://www.nicoledennisbenn.com/book.html

IRELAND, PLACE OUT OF TIME by Marcia Reimer

is a collection of poetry and photographs that grew out of a trip to Ireland in October 2015
www.marciameier.com/wwbooks

INDECENT by Paula Vogel

recounts the controversy surrounding the play God of Vengeance by Sholem Asch
http://indecentbroadway.com

Outing The Mermaid by Ann Medlock

Is a Novel of Love, Fear & Misogyny.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCXq-Evi5LY&feature=youtu.be

Hundred Miles to Nowhere: An Unlikely Love Story by Elisa Korenne

tells her story of moving from New York City to rural Minnesota and discovering somewhere, and someone, in the middle of nowhere.
https://elisakorenne.com/hundred-miles-to-nowhere-press-release/

Alumnae — Please share your successes with us by emailing kurij@hedgebrook.org, and we’ll feature them in our next newsletter!



 

May 2017 Newsletter

By Guest Author

 

 

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ALUMNAE IMPACT – GLOBALLY & LOCALLY

Sarah Ladipo Manyika spoke to a full house at Seattle’s Rainier Club on April 26th, on the power of storytelling to connect people across cultures and generations. Influenced throughout her life by wise women elders from as far back as her childhood in Nigeria, Sarah shared with us some of the mentors, memories, and stories which have inspired her most. Sarah embodies Hedgebrook’s tag line “Women Authoring Change”, with her first book “In Dependence” having just sold 1.5 million copies in Nigeria, where it received the great honor of being the first book by a woman author in the history of Nigeria to be added to the mandatory reading list for every university student! With Nigeria soon to be the fourth largest population in the world, this means a whole generation of students will be influenced by reading Sarah’s book. In her talk, Sarah also read excerpts, in character, from her new book “Like a Mule Bringing Ice Cream to the Sun”, which is shortlisted for The Goldsmiths Prize. The themes Sarah captivated us with are what New York Times best selling author and Hedgebrook alumna, Karen Joy Fowler, refers to as “story that argues always for generosity, for connection, for a vigorous and joyful endurance.” 

Pictured top: Sarah Ladipo Manyika speaking at the Rainier Club
Pictured bottom left to right: Rainier Club Member Dorothy Mann, Sarah Ladipo Manyika, Executive Director of our community partner Y-WE Write, Victoria Santos, Hedgebrook Board Member Grace Nordhoff, & guests Betsy Passarelli & Brodie Bain.

Hedgebrook alumna Anna Vodicka is an award-winning essayist and travel writer who moved last year from Micronesia to Seattle, where she now teaches at Richard Hugo House. Anna is also an instructor for the Women’s Creative Writing Program at the King County Jail.

Anna brings lessons on “micro essays” and “mindful writing”—writing as contemplative, creative practice–to the program’s poetry and fiction focus. Program participants read and respond to prompts, and share writing with the whole group in a weekly “Golf Pencil Review” – golf pencils being the only approved writing tool.

The women look forward to seeing their own words in print, and to empathizing with the writing of others, often bringing classmates to tears, or applause, as they give voice to their struggles and hopes and prepare for the next chapter in their lives.

Pictured top: Hedgebrook alumna Anna Vodicka
Pictured bottom: King County Jail where Anna Vodicka teaches writing.

GLOBAL & LOCAL INTERSECT 

Hedgebrook welcomes a new staff member to our Seattle office – Kuri Jallow!

We are grateful to Seattle Rotary and Seattle University for hosting Hedgebrook alumna Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, from Ghana. In her talk at Seattle Rotary, Nana shared the podium with Washington Governor Jay Inslee. 

Nana then met with Seattle University African Students Assocation for an evening of fellowship and storytelling. As it turned out, Kuri Jallow’s cousin attended! A torch was lit. 

Kuri was born and raised in The Gambia, West Africa, moved to the United Kingdom, and later settled in Seattle where much of her family now resides. She is thrilled to have joined Hedgebrook where she can support women’s empowerment.  

Pictured top: Writer in Residence, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, (far right, front row) with Seattle University’s African Students Association, including (back row, far right) Kuri Jallow’s cousin from The Gambia, Pa Ousman Jobe. Pictured middle: Nana after her talk at Seattle Rotary, pictured here with Hedgebrook founder Nancy Nordhoff, and Hedgebrook’s Director of Development & Outreach, Catherine Willis Cleveland. Pictured bottom: Kuri Jallow

FEATURED PROGRAM

 

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2017

Vortext 

An extraordinary weekend salon led by renowned women writers. The program, which just completed it’s sixth year, gives writers the opportunity to connect in diverse and powerful small-group workshops. Writers also enjoy dynamic keynotes and discussions about opportunities and challenges for women who write, as well as several open mics. Learn More »

INSPIRATION FROM ALUMNA ON THE BLOG 

Interview of Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

Tell us about your work as a writer—do you write in multiple genres/forms? Sadly, yes. I’m a self-taught writer, so every time I write a book, I have to teach myself to write all over again, and it’s not a quick process…
Read blog »

 

The Bookshelves of Hedgebrook by Ayobami Adebayo 

When I was packing for my Hedgebrook residency, I chose four big novels and two anthologies to see me through the month I was to spend on Whidbey Island…
Read blog »

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CLASSES AND EVENTS – SUMMER

June 2017

Hedgebrook Women Playwrights Festival
20th Annual 

Please join us to view the premier works of five talented playwrights. You’ll hear from each playwright about her project and her time at Hedgebrook, before actors perform an excerpt from each play.  Playwrights from this program have gone on to become Pulitzer Prize, Tony, Obie, Emmy and Golden Globe award winners, as well as McArthur Genius Fellows. Come be the first to applaud these new creations!
Tickets and more »

 

June 2017

Bridging: A One Day Writing Retreat
Moraga, California

Come take writing workshops, be in community with women and female-identified writers, enjoy food, drink, conversation and an inspiring keynote by Karen Joy Fowler.
To register click here »

 

June 2017

Open House
A Taste of Hedgebrook 

Visit our retreat on Whidbey Island on June 24th, from 1-4pm as we offer radical hospitality! Enjoy food and entertainment as you stroll our 48 acre property overlooking Useless Bay. 

We will be offering you:

  • Fabulous food
  • Our own Hedgebrook label wine
  • Readings from alumnae
  • Cottage tours
  • Writer testimonials
  • Live music & much more!

This event is free of charge and all are welcome. Address: 2197 Millman Rd Langley, WA 98260
Click here to RSVP »

 

June 2017

Opening The Circle in Mill Valley, California 
A Day of Radical Hospitality

Four women-centered organizationsHedgebrookMoxie Road ProductionsThe Hivery, and All Things Book—have come together to empower you during this day of radical hospitality and radical exploration. When you’re nourished, creatively and physically, you have the resources to make change.
Tickets and more »

 

August 2017

Y-We Write 

Teen Summer Camp

Join Hedgebrook & Young Women Empowered (Y-WE)  for an amazing leadership and literacy summer camp. Hedgebrook will select four of our powerful and experienced alumnae to work closely with Y-WE youth and mentors over the course of the camp. The writers will each present on a different area of literary expression—including poetry, fiction, playwriting, lyrics, spoken word, autobiography, and more!
Application and more »

CLASSES AND EVENTS ON THE HORIZON

November 2017

Master Class with 
Aminatta Forna

The Writer’s Toolbox 

In this course you will learn how to think like a writer, you will immerse yourself in the imaginative and technical disciplines of story telling. Every writer at the outset of a new work must make find the most effective means of telling their particular story. The course will introduce you to specific element of the craft of writing, what I call the writer’s toolbox: tense, structure, perspective, person, voice, dialogue, character.
Learn more »

November 2017 
Screenwriters Lab

Hedgebrook’s Screenwriters Lab features a week of one-on-one mentoring sessions and workshops led by experienced writers, with Hedgebrook’s singular residency experience. Post-residency, screenwriters have opportunities to connect with Hedgebrook’s growing community of women in the film industry who can offer advice and guidance as they bring their projects to fruition.

Click here to learn more  »  

2018

Writers In Residence

Two to Six Weeks

Six writers are in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage. They spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers each year.
Learn more »

 

January 2018

Overseas Master Class in Goa, India

Just Announced

Study abroad and ‘pay it forward’ to support our Writers in Residence program.

Stay tuned for details and open registration. For inquires please email KuriJ@Hedgebrook.org

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RECENT ALUMAE BOOKS PRODUCTIONS & AWARDS 

Carolyn Forché  Windham-Campbell Prize 

2017 award recipient for literature 
http://news.yale.edu/2017/03/01/yale-awards-eight-writers-165000-windham-campbell-prizes

Hannah Tinti’s new book The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley and Sarah Manyika’s Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun 

are reviewed by The New Yorker
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/24/the-family-gene-somebody-with-a-little-hammer-the-twelve-lives-of-samuel-hawley-and-like-a-mule-bringing-ice-cream-to-the-sun

Carolyn R. Hall launched her book Rose Concannon

A coming of age novel set in Seattle in 1963
http://www.thirdplacebooks.com/event/carolyn-hall-rose-concannon

Carolina De Robertis new book Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times

was released by Vintage May 2nd
http://www.carolinaderobertis.com

Paula Vogel & Lynn Nottage arrive on Broadway

review in The New York Times
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/22/theater/lynn-nottage-paula-vogel-broadway.html

Stay With Me by Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀̀ makes it

to this year’s shortlist for the Baileys’ Prize for Fiction
http://www.womensprizeforfiction.co.uk/reading-room/news/revealing-2017-shortlist

Two memoirs on marriage – Dani Shapiro’s Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage and Claire Dederer’s Love and Trouble: A Midlife Reckoning 

are receiving accolades, including starred Kirkus reviews: 
Dani’s Review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/dani-shapiro/hourglass/
Claire’s Review: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/claire-dederer/love-and-trouble/

Alumnae — Please share your successes with us by emailing kurij@hedgebrook.org, and we’ll feature them in our next newsletter!

GRATITUDE

Hedgebrook Featured Article With
National Endowment for The Arts

A Cottage Of One’s Own
A wood stove is the only source of heating in the cottages at Hedgebrook, a women’s writing residency on Whidbey Island, 35 miles off Seattle…Read article on arts.gov »

Equivox

With your support, Hedgebrook women writers are authoring change in our communities and our world!

This year’s Equivox was our largest ever, and because of you, we raised a record of over $200,000. With your support, Hedgebrook proudly serves 80% women of color, 30% of whom are first or second generation immigrants to America, from 16 different countries of origin. Domestically, our writers come to us from 21 states across our nation.

“Here (at Hedgebrook) I get to exhale and know that the land is holding me, the staff is holding me, my incredible cohort of writers is holding me, and all the women who came before me are holding me.” – Alicia Garza, Equivox speaker & co-founder of Black Lives Matter (pictured above).

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The Bookshelves of Hedgebrook by Ayobami Adebayo

By Guest Author

When I was packing for my Hedgebrook residency, I chose four big novels and two anthologies to see me through the month I was to spend on Whidbey Island. I haven’t left the house without a book since I was teenager and travelling to another country without taking novels with me is still unimaginable.

At the airport in Lagos, a customs officer rummaged through the carefully arranged contents of my suitcase before I could check it in.

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Hedgebrook Authoring Change – Interview of Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

By Guest Author

Tell us about your work as a writer—do you write in multiple genres/forms?

Sadly, yes. I’m a self-taught writer, so every time I write a book, I have to teach myself to write all over again, and it’s not a quick process. For my first novel, Why She Left Us, I read like crazy and mapped out the books I liked to figure out what a novel was. I dissected them, teaching myself everything from how to end a chapter to how to format dialogue.

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