Y-WE Write Summer Camp

August 13 – 19, 2018

Join Hedgebrook & Young Women Empowered (Y-WE)  for an amazing leadership and literacy summer camp on beautiful Whidbey Island. This 5-day exploration of young women’s voices, stories, dreams and talents is sure to ignite your spirit. This camp is unlike any other. No writing or performing experience necessary!

Hedgebrook will select four of our powerful and experienced alumnae to work closely with Y-WE youth and mentors over the course of the camp. The writers will each present on a different area of literary expression—including poetry, fiction, playwriting, lyrics, spoken word, autobiography, and more!


Join us to

  • hang out with awesome diverse girls and women
  • meet dedicated mentors who will inspire you
  • work with professional spoken word artists, poets, novelists, songwriters, and more
  • develop your unique voice and talents
  • explore the natural world
  • set and meet goals for your future
  • learn leadership skills
  • relax, eat delicious food, and make new friends

About the Camp

Dates: August 13 – 19, 2018

Location: Whidbey Institute, 6449 Old Pietila Rd, Clinton, WA 98236

Who is the Camp for: Young Women, ages 14-19

Tuition: Full tuition for the camp is $1,000. We are committed to offering this program to every young woman and we charge on a sliding scale. You may request a scholarship if needed.

Enroll: Applicants will be contacted for interviews within two weeks of receipt of all application materials.

Apply Now

Visit the Y-WE website to learn more about this program.

Questions: Contact Y-WE Program Specialist Anna McCracken at connect@y-we.org or (253) 355-1502.


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Learn more about Karen, Joshunda, Anastacia and Melissa by clicking on their name below:

Karen_200x250Karen Finneyfrock is a poet and novelist in Seattle, WA. She is the author of two young adult novels: The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door and Starbird Murphy and the World Outside, both published by Viking Children’s Books. She is one of the editors of the anthology Courage: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls and the author of Ceremony for the Choking Ghost, both released on Write Bloody press. She is a former Writer-in-Residence at Richard Hugo House in Seattle and teaches for Seattle Arts and Lectures’ Writers-in-the-Schools program. In 2010, Karen traveled to Nepal as a Cultural Envoy through the US Department of State to perform and teach poetry and in 2011, she did a reading tour in Germany sponsored by the US Embassy.

Grace LoveJoshunda Sanders is a Bronx native, the author of four books and a sought-after public speaker. Her work has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Salon, Publishers Weekly, Bitch, Gawker, Kirkus Reviews, on NPR and in dozens of anthologies, newspapers, magazines, websites, textbooks and encyclopedias.She gave a TED talk in 2013, the same year she presented at South by Southwest Interactive. She has written: Single & Happy: The Party of Ones, How Racism and Sexism Killed Traditional Media: Why the Future of Journalism Depends on Women and People of Color , the novella, All City and a memoir, The Beautiful Darkness: A Handbook for Orphans. She lives in New York City.

Anastacia_200x250Anastacia-Renee Tolbert is a queer super-shero of color moonlighting as a writer, performance artist and creative writing workshop facilitator. She has received awards and fellowships from Cave Canem, Hedgebrook, VONA, Jacks Straw, Ragdale and Artist Trust Edge program. Her Chapbook 26, recently published by Dancing Girl Press, is an abbreviated alphabet expression of the lower and uppercase lives of women and girls. A Pushcart nominee (2015), her poetry, fiction & nonfiction have been published or is forthcoming in Duende, Blackberry, Bone Bouquet, Crab Creek Review, Dismantle and many others. Recently Tolbert has been expanding her creative repertoire into the field of visual art, and has exhibited her painting and photography surrounding the body as a polarized place of both the private and political. She lives in Seattle with her two teenaged sons and runs the Performance Studies Department at the Seattle Girl’s School. This year she has begun a yearlong theatrical mixed-media project in collaboration with the Project Room, 9 Ounces: A One Woman Show. Lately she’s been obsessed with the body & the stories (true & not true) it holds.

Melissa Chadburn has written for The Atlantic, NY Times, Buzzfeed, Poets & Writers, Salon, American Public Media’s Marketplace, Al Jazeera America and dozens of other places. She is the community editor and fellow for The Economic Hardship Reporting Project. Her essay, “The Throwaways,” received notable mention in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Her debut novel, A Tiny Upward Shove, is forthcoming with Farrar,Straus, and Giroux.

Meals and Lodging

Young women will be sleeping in tents. Y-WE can provide tents and sleeping bags for anyone who needs them. Indoor program facilities, hot showers, bathrooms, and yummy nutritious meals are provided. To see photos and info about the Whidbey Institute, please visit: www.whidbeyinstitute.org.

Y-WE Write

About Y-WE

Founded in 2010, Y-WE provides mentorship and empowerment programs for teen women in the greater Seattle area. We serve a diverse group of girls, ages 12-18, and women mentors, ages 19-70+. The organization is open to young women from all walks of life. Currently, over 60% of the youth are immigrants to the USA. 85% of the youth and 50% of the adults are women of color. Our youth and mentors also represent a myriad of family, sexual orientation, religious, political, and educational backgrounds. Learn more about Y-WE.

About Y-WE Mentors

The camp will have a 1:2 ratio of adults to youth. Our mentors are diverse and powerful women who generously volunteer their time to participate in the camp along side the girls. Our mentors offer their skills, networks, and passions to support the success of all the young women. They are in fields that range from the arts, to business, to technology, to education.