The Radical Hospitality Revolution

By Hedgebrook Staff

Collaboration is the essence of growth, and we sorely need both. But I think we need something beyond “growth”.

It’s clear to me that what we need is a sustainable revolution. A revolution founded on truth-telling and dialogue. A revolution that provides radical hospitality while centering the experiences of disenfranchised voices.

Hedgebrook can only host about 45 writers each year at our retreat. So, we are partnering with our alumnae community to help spread this model of radical hospitality.   Read more

On Making The Overtly Feminist Performance That’swhatshesaid

By Hedgebrook Guest

I have this belief that as a performer, my true identity and self is inherently present and important in everything I do. This, by definition, is the exact opposite of acting. Maybe that’s why I don’t call myself an actor any more.

I used to, though. Proudly introduce myself as an actor. There was totally a Chorus Line fantasy fulfilled in the auditions I used to attend. I’d hop on the bus, poring over my monologues and drinking lemon ginger honey tea (good for your voice, I heard!). I’d get to the audition way too early, smile a lot, ignore the other 40 women warming up in the hallway, say my ‘thank you!’s and ‘look forward to hearing from you!’s and then do it all over again the next day. So glamorous! So fun! Living the dream!

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Work full-time? How to make time to make art.

By Hedgebrook Guest

I’ve been in the workforce for more than two decades. And I’m still trying to strike the right balance between making enough money to make rent and leaving enough room in my schedule to make art.

I’m certainly not the only one. This week I asked my Facebook posse how much on a scale of 1 to 10 they fret about juggling making money with making time for their writing. The comments quickly rolled in:

“9”

“9.5”

“Yes. Lots!”   Read more

My Hedgebrook Experience

By Hedgebrook Guest

For a few years in the 1990’s and early 2000’s I was the director of a writers’ festival in New Zealand. An annual literary event that featured well-known international writers, it enabled me to meet and mingle with some of my favorite authors; Jane Smiley, Joanne Harris, Frank McCourt, Tom Keneally, Margaret Atwood, Ruth Reichl and many more.   Read more

In Awe of Seeming Randomness

By Hedgebrook Guest

Shoe started it… (We are extremely lucky when we have a friend like her.) She knew I was working on memoir.

Her: “Do you write poetry?”

Me (without hesitation): “No. I’m not a poet.”

Her: “You really should give it a try.”

She had planted a seed. Then, our lovely Bonnie Stinson announced her zine “Radicle” and tossed out the initial theme “Queer.”   Read more

Hedgebrook Extends Radical Hospitality in Cyberspace

By Hedgebrook Guest

As writers, we’re constantly learning, improving our craft – or at least we should be. The ways you can educate yourself nowadays are mindboggling: get an MFA, participate in in-person workshops, attend conferences, read blogs or books, even take online classes. This last option is the one I personally like the best because it doesn’t involve travel (you know how we writers hate having to put on pants), can be done on your own schedule, and is significantly cheaper than traveling or getting a degree. Plus, many are taught by expert working authors with names you’d recognize – those who are at the place in their careers we all aspire to be.   Read more

Why Saying Goodbye to Writers-in-Residence Gets Me Fired Up

By Hedgebrook Staff

“I’ve been so happy here you may have to open the windows to get rid of my thrilling to make room for your own.”

“Dearest ghosts & spirits of Fir Cottage — I am greatly humbled after reading your journal stories, and feeling your gifts left around the cottage.”

“Some villages are inherited perennially in the heart. I leave a wisp of spirit behind, to combine with spirits of all who have been here, and with bird and tree and rock and leaf. For the village of Hedgebrook has many citizens and extends wider than you may know.”   Read more

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