What I know about Writing

By Hedgebrook Guest

What I know about Writing—with a capable “W”—isn’t much. I’d be the first to admit it. Part of it is that my chosen genre is playwriting. Novelists, essayists, poets—those seem to be “real” writers. They can come up with phrases and sentences whose sheer beauty makes me pause, gasp or even cry. Playwrights can’t do that. If I’m writing a play, I often find that I have to take a phrase that I might in prose try to burnish into something beautiful and elegant, and deliberately break and distress it.

Playwrights are the shabby chic purveyors of the writing world.   Read more

The Prize is in the Process

By Hedgebrook Guest

Another year, another Hedgebrook application. Okay, so actually this was just my second time to apply, but it’s already feeling like a periodic exercise in futility, kind of like cleaning the dog-hair off the sofa, or casting my vote as a democrat living in East Texas. And yet, just like cleaning and voting, it’s important to remember that the prize is in the process, not the outcome. The truth is, I’ve already reaped a benefit from Hedgebrook and all I did was answer a few questions and pay them $30.   Read more

Love letter from a soon-to-be-former staff member, always evangelist, and life long friend

By Hedgebrook Staff

Dear Hedgebrook,

I knew who you were before we met. We had a chance encounter early in my life, when I was just beginning to find out who I was, but before I was ready to be that person. I came for a day, to help with the Women Playwrights Festival, and I was enchanted and delighted by the grounds, the magic, the spirit of this place doing something I could only begin to understand to support women writers. I was into you, but it was a casual thing.   Read more

Paul Constant and the Seattle Review of Books

By Hedgebrook Guest

This summer, my business partner Martin McClellan and I launched a new website called the Seattle Review of Books. We did this because we believe Seattle is a world-class city of literature, and we believe Seattle is hugely underserved for book reviews, interviews, and news. As soon as Martin and I started dreaming up SRoB, we became more and more excited about our mission—to represent the reading lives of average Seattleites, to create a site that resembles the actual bookshelves of actual people who live in the Northwest.   Read more

Interview with Strays Author Jennifer Caloyeras

By Hedgebrook Guest

It’s my pleasure to welcome Jennifer Caloyeras, author of Strays (published by Ashland Creek Press in May). Jennifer will be back in coming weeks with an excerpt from the book and more. ~ Sheila Webster Boneham

 

Sheila: Tell us a bit about your latest book.

Jennifer: My latest novel, Strays, is about a teenage girl with anger issues who is sentenced to a summer rehabilitating aggressive dogs. Here, she’s matched up with a three-legged pit bull rescue named Roman, who ends up teaching Iris more than she ever thought possible.    Read more

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