Fall Master Class deadlines approaching
August 10th, 2012

  


These workshops combine the retreat experience with the opportunity to be in residence and study with a Master Teacher, and participant fees help to subsidize the Writers in Residence program. The weeklong Master Classes feature a celebrated writer/teacher in residence at Meadow House and up to six participants, each housed in her own cottage. Participants receive five days of writing workshops, instructor-led constructive group feedback sessions, one-on-one sessions with the instructor and an additional day of retreat time. Meals are prepared by our on-site chef, with organic produce from Hedgebrook’s garden. Writers at all levels of experience, published or not, are accepted into Hedgebrook’s Master Classes.

Please NoteAs space in these classes is limited, we encourage interested parties to submit applications as soon as possible. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and we strongly recommend applying by the priority deadline. At this time, all 2012 classes have been filled. We are happy to accept applications for the waitlist for these classes. 

 

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Karen Joy Fowler: Quieting our Censors

Fiction

October 19 - 26, 2012

Much of the time when we sit down to write our own personal board of censors suddenly congregates, perching heavily and obstructively upon our heads and shoulders, keeping us from letting the necessary subjects, words, images, stories make it to the page. What will your mother, father, brother, boss, lover, child, self  think and feel if you write that sentence? Or that story? What do we allow ourselves to say and not to say? How far—despite our desire to write—do we stray from our necessary material. In our week together we’ll work, through writing experiments and generative exercises, at gaining access and permission to what we need to write? Our writing will explore the possibilities inherent in voice and point of view as well as how we use memory and the periphery to find our essential subjects. You may come with work with which you are already engaged or come ready to make new work. In either case, we will write and revise and write and explore every day, coming together to read and dig deeper into the possibilities inherent in the work.

Karen Joy Fowler is the author of six novels, including Sarah CanarySister Noon and The Jane Austen Book Club, and several short story collections, including What I Didn’t See. She has a new novel coming out from Putnam in May of 2013 entitled We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves. For more information, please visit Karen Joy Fowler's website.

Fee: $2200 (Covers lodging, meals and workshops; all taxes included. A portion is tax-deductible, and payment plans are possible. 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.)

NOTE: Karen Joy Fowler has graciously agreed to replace the previously scheduled instructor, Victoria Redel.

Priority consideration deadline: September 7, 2012

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Ruth Ozeki: Writing and Meditation

October 29 - November 5, 2012

Award winning novelist (My Year of Meats and All Over Creation), filmmaker and Zen Buddhist Priest, Ozeki offers a unique workshop that focuses on practical training in re-focusing the mind through meditation, using contemplative exercises designed to deepen our expression and to allow us access to untapped areas of imagination and experience.

Fee: $2200 (Covers lodging, meals and workshops; all taxes included. A portion is tax-deductible, and payment plans are possible. 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.)

 

Priority consideration deadline: September 15, 2012

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Robin Swicord:  Story-making for Screenwriters

November 7 - 14, 2012

 

Dialogue, tone, characters and scenes sometimes come fairly easily, but “what happens next” in a screenplay can sometimes be more of a mystery, even to seasoned writers. Fortunately, story-making is one of the few essential writing skills that can actually be imparted, one writer to another. In this workshop, we’ll unwind the classic elements of narrative and dramatic structure to help you develop your “story intuition,” so that you can rethink a story, refine the screenplay you’ve been writing, or even find the story you want to tell. Participants will be asked to bring notes on the screenplay you intend to write (an outline or treatment or pages of specific notes that reflect your thinking), or a full draft of a screenplay that you hope to rewrite.

 

Robin Swicord  is a screenwriter and film director. She wrote the screenplay for the film Memoirs of a Geisha, based on the novel of the same name by Arthur Golden. Her other screenplay credits include Little Women, Practical Magic, MatildaThe Perez Family, and Shag. Her directorial debut was with the 1993 short filmThe Red Coat, for which she also wrote the screenplay. Swicord wrote the screenplay for Karen Joy Fowler's 2004 novel The Jane Austen Book Club and directed the film, which was released in the United States on September 21, 2007. She also collaborated with Eric Roth on the screen adaptation of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, based on the short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

 

Fee: $2200 (Covers lodging, meals and workshops; all taxes included. A portion is tax-deductible, and payment plans are possible. 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.)

 

Priority consideration deadline: September 20, 2012

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