Master Classes

Master Classes combine Hedgebrook’s retreat experience with the unique opportunity to be in residence and study with a celebrated teacher on beautiful Whidbey Island.

Creative writing workshops in a diversity of formats and genres are offered to women writers at all levels of experience. Participation in each class is limited to 6-8 writers, to ensure individual attention, and create an intimate, supportive writing community.

2018 Master Classes

We offer a variety of classes to suit writers at different levels of experience and phases in the writing process. Some are generative, designed to inspire new projects or breakthroughs in your process, while others focus on craft or developing a project already underway. Over the course of the week, teachers give generously of their time: leading a series of writing workshops, talks on craft and constructive group feedback sessions, meeting one-on-one with each writer, and sharing evening meals with the group. Writers also enjoy time in retreat to write and rejuvenate.

We offer a variety of classes over the course of the year.


Claire Dederer – The Surprising Power of Form

CLASS DESCRIPTION:
In this generative class, we’ll play with a few of the non-traditional forms I use in my recent memoir Love and Trouble, which The Seattle Stranger called “practically a master class in narrative technique.” Some narrative techniques we’ll try: maps of remembered places; poetic ABC lists; faux how-to manuals. Non-traditional, highly structured forms can provide a powerful and fun way to discover new material. At the same time, this kind of experimentation can also revitalize old material that has grown cold or inert. We will generate a new piece each time we meet; then we’ll develop these pieces in between meetings.

As the week goes on, we’ll also discuss the narrative structure for a book-length work. The experimental pieces we’ll be writing are designed to help us generate and refine new material; with that new material in hand, we’ll talk about how to design and construct a longer prose narrative.

The writing we do this week can be applied to an existing work-in-progress, but please note we won’t be work shopping existing projects during this master class.

All levels are welcome to this memoir/non-fiction Master Class

Priority application deadline: January 23, 2018
Class Dates: April 24, 2018 to May 1, 2018

BIO:

Claire Dederer is the bestselling author of two critically acclaimed memoirs: Love and Trouble and Poser.

Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Vogue, The Nation, Slate, Marie Claire, the Washington Post, and countless other publications.

Claire has taught writing at literary centers, conferences, and universities across the country, including Hugo House, StoryStudio Chicago, and the University of Washington.

Please note: The application is accessible via SlideRoom. Each Master Class has a priority deadline listed below, and classes often fill with a wait list. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Hedgebrook staff and teachers, so we strongly recommend interested writers apply as soon as possible. We anticipate decisions will be finalized within two weeks of the priority deadline.

Fee: $3000 (Covers lodging, meals and workshops; all taxes included. A portion is tax-deductible. Please note that we are unable to offer financial aid or scholarships for this program, since it provides a vitally needed earned income stream for Hedgebrook.)

Retreat Experience

Each writer is housed in her own handcrafted cottage in the woods. Delicious meals are prepared by Hedgebrook’s chefs, featuring produce harvested from our organic garden. Our land features beautiful wooded walking trails, ponds and meadows teeming with wildlife, nearby Double Bluff beach, and breathtaking views across Puget Sound, with Mount Rainier in the distance. While the setting is rural, nearby towns offer shops and amenities.

Accommodations

Our six hand-crafted cottages–Oak, Fir, Owl, Cedar, Willow and Waterfall–were designed by architect Chuck Dougherty, who worked with the Amish in Pennsylvania. While all the cottages have a similar design, they are built of a variety of woods and have unique color schemes and furnishings. Stained glass windows, pottery sinks, and other features were designed and crafted by local artisans.

Cottage_interior_smEach cottage has an upstairs sleeping loft with a hand built double bed, lamps, rocking chair, chest of drawers, and a small closet. With advance notice, it is possible to accommodate a bed downstairs for those who don’t feel they can climb the ship ladder to the loft. The main floor has a work area with ample desk space, a sitting area with window seat looking out into the woods, and a comfortable, overstuffed armchair. Bookshelves have space for the writer’s personal library, as well as a cottage journal in which each resident is invited to make entries during her stay. With entries dating from Hedgebrook’s genesis in 1988, the journals are the cottage’s living legacy–and a way for writers to connect with those who have come before, and those will come after her stay.

A small half-bathroom and a fully equipped efficiency kitchen finish out the main floor. All cottages have electricity and are heated primarily by wood stoves. Writers share a centrally located bathhouse equipped with two showers, old-fashioned bathtub, two sinks, drawers for each cottage, heated floors and a washer/dryer.

The historic Farmhouse is the center of the Hedgebrook community, where residents gather for dinner at a table overlooking Deer Lagoon and Puget Sound. All meals are prepared by Hedgebrook’s chefs, using organic food from our garden and local farmers. The Farmhouse living room, with a library full of Hedgebrook writers books, serves as a gathering place for residents to converse and share their work.

Selection Process

The application is accessible via SlideRoom. Each Master Class has a priority deadline listed below, and classes often fill with a wait list. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis by Hedgebrook staff and teachers, so we strongly recommend interested writers apply as soon as possible. We anticipate decisions will be finalized within two weeks of the priority deadline.

The Surprising Power of Form
Priority deadline: January 23, 2018
Class Dates: April 24, 2018 to May 1, 2018

If you have questions about whether a specific Master Class is appropriate for you or your project, or any other question about the Series, please be in touch with us at 360-321-4786.

Refund Policy

Upon acceptance into the class, participant pays a $1,000 non-refundable deposit to hold a space in the class. Should payment not be received by the deposit due date, the slot will be released to a wait-listed participant.

You will be informed of the payment schedule upon registration. The full fee is non-refundable upon due date.

If Hedgebrook, the teacher or student is unable to complete the class due to unforeseen circumstances, we will consider a partial refund on a case-by-case basis.