Writers in Residence Application


The application for the 2015 season will be available via our website in June of 2014, with a deadline of early September 2014.

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Read more about Hedgebrook's Writers in Residence Program.


Application & Selection Process
Our selection process occurs once a year, in the fall. Through a completely anonymous, two-round process, approximately forty writers are invited for residencies of two weeks to six weeks. Our residency season runs from February through October in 2014.

In the first round, applications are carefully reviewed by Hedgebrook alumnae. Working in pairs, they read each application and consider how the applicant would benefit from a Hedgebrook residency. Out of this round, approximately 100 applications move to round two.

In the second round, a Selection Committee comprised of writers, educators, agents, literary managers and editors read the applications and rank each writer according to the following criteria: quality of writing, originality of voice and strength of proposal, with an eye toward diversity in all areas.

The Selection Committee’s decisions are final. We regret we are unable to provide critiques of and/or comments on applicants’ work.

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.

Each 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 writer’s books, serves as a gathering place for residents to converse and share their work.  



The application for our 2014 residency season is now CLOSED.

 Decision results will be emailed to you by the end of December 2013.

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