Your Greatest Success

By Holly Atkinson

Each year at Christmas, my husband Galen and I perform in a reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”  Bob Crachit utters my husband’s favorite line in the story when Mrs. Crachit brings to the holiday dinner table the steaming plum pudding, which Dickens, a line or two before this triumphant moment, points out smells like a washrag. After tasting the pudding, Crachit says, “My dear, I regard this as your greatest success since our marriage.”

This line never fails to make my husband laugh.   Read more

VORTEXT 2013: The Second Gathering

By Hedgebrook ED

In a couple of weeks, Hedgebrook’s second Vortext Salon for women writers will take place on Whidbey Island: three extraordinary days of workshops and conversation, in a beautiful setting, led by six renowned writers and teachers: Dorothy Allison, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth George, Jane Hamilton, Ruth Ozeki and Gail Tsukiyama.

 

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Validation at VORTEXT

By Rachel Gallaher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hedgebrook changed my life. I know that may sound hyperbolic, but it’s true. Two months ago I had never heard of Hedgebrook. Started in 1985, the organization supports women writers by providing them with residencies on Whidbey Island, allowing them the time and space to work on their novels, their poetry, and their craft in distraction-free cabins on acres of gorgeous wooded land. A writer’s dream transformed into exquisite reality.

In May, due to the perfect mix of luck, opportunity and a generous offer, I received a full scholarship to attend Hedgebrook’s first annual VORTEXT conference—a weekend on Whidbey with a few dozen women writers, organic catered meals and heavy-hitting authors giving lectures and leading workshops. Jane Hamilton, Elizabeth George, Dorothy Allison. I was excited but nervous. Who else was attending? Would the other women look down at me as being too young, too naive? Was I a real writer? I had been writing since I was seven years old. I loved writing deeply. Passionately. But was that enough? Was I enough?   Read more

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