By Hedgebrook Guest

I Hedgebrooked My Life

Residencies and Master Classes at Hedgebrook should come with a warning: This will change your life.

I spent the first two weeks of August 2015 at Hedgebrook. My goal was to finish a book I’d been writing for ten years – and I did.

At Hedgebrook, I did the same thing every day: woke up, brewed coffee, made toast with peanut butter and banana, and wrote until I was so hungry I had to stop to eat whatever amazing creation I’d carried in my basket the night before. Then I walked on the beach until dinner.   Read more

By Hedgebrook Guest

What I Learned at Hedgebrook

The last week of June, I attended a Master Class at Hedgebrook. For seven whole days this was my home:

An adorable little cottage under the cedar and maple trees, all to my own.

When I returned to the real world, everyone asked, “How was it??” And I replied, “Amazing!” Which was the truth–but not the whole truth. Being there WAS amazing. It was also surreal and difficult and kind of like being on another planet. No matter how hard I try, I can’t wrap up the experience with a single word, one wise thought, one feeling.   Read more

By Hedgebrook Guest

Activism, movement building, and fighting structural inequality

The play ended and my colleague Carlton Mackey (founder of 50 Shades of Black) invited the audience to share one-word reflections on their experiences. The students at Bowie State University, an historically Black institution in Bowie, MD sat in silence for several moments before their words came pouring out:

 

“Familiar.”

“Discrimination.”

“Baltimore.”

“Relatable.”

“Ferguson.”

“Reality.”

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By Hedgebrook Guest

Why VORTEXT is Better Than an MFA

The answer to how important a Master of Fine Arts degree is to becoming a fiction writer is, of course, not at all. The history of world literature is weighted heavily on the side of writers who put their masterpieces together without the benefit of two years of graduate school.” ~Ann Patchett, “The Getaway Car.”

For years I have agonized over whether or not I should get an MFA, but I could never bring myself to spend a ton of money or move to a new city in an attempt to earn a a real degree. On my blog, The MFA Project, I document the ways I now make up my own MFA—I am in a workshop that meets regularly, and I am constantly trying to read more widely. Since attending VORTEXT in 2015, the idea of a literary community is now a crucial part of this alternative to the MFA as well.

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By Hedgebrook Staff

Highlights from The United State of Women Summit

The first United State of Women Summit held at the Whitehouse last week was so wildly inspiring, everything seems infinitely more possible. A paradigm shift is in the air, especially when it comes to creating a bright future for women and girls.

As Hedgebrook’s Executive Director Amy Wheeler experienced first hand, this powerful gathering of leaders—predominantly women with a few stellar, male feminist exceptions—spoke passionately about our successes, what lies ahead and what we can do to facilitate change in our country and beyond.   Read more

By Hedgebrook Staff

The United State of Women Summit

Something incredible has been brewing at the White House today—the United State of Women Summit is blowing the roof off the place and Amy Wheeler, Hedgebrook’s Executive Director is in the thick of it, soaking up inspiration and ideas to help further Hedgebrook’s cause of Women Authoring Change.   Read more

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