Writers in Residence

Hedgebrook retreat for women writers is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48-acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts women writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer. Residents are housed in six handcrafted cottages, where they spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property or on nearby Double Bluff beach. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories. The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 women writers at the retreat each year.

Hedgebrook also invites several established women writers to be in residence each year. These invitational residencies expand Hedgebrook’s community to include high-profile writers who embody Hedgebrook’s spirit and mission. Invited writers stay in a 7th residence, Meadowhouse, originally the groundskeeper’s cottage. In exchange for their residency, Invited writers offer to raise Hedgebrook’s visibility in the world by being guests of honor and keynote speakers at our public events.


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

Click here to view other program opportunities.


Click here to view application guidelines for the Writers in Residence Program.


For more information about the Writers in Residence Program, contact Residency Director, Vito Zingarelli at vitoz@hedgebrook.org.










The Elizabeth George Award is given each year to 2-3 writers in residence who recieve high scores in our selection process. These awards include residencies underwritten by the Elizabeth George Foundation, as well as a cash prize. In 2010, Elizabeth George Awards were given to Karen Llagas, Caren Gussoff and Michelle Dicinoski. In 2011 the recipients were Victoria Garza, and Marcia Freedman.





The Ruby Prize is an annual new play award of $10,000 to a woman of color playwright named in honor of Ruby Bridges, representing perseverance in the face of formidable obstacles.As a first-grader at the William Frantz Elementary School in the fall of 1960, Ms Bridges became one of the first African Americans to attend an integrated public school in New Orleans. The winner of the Ruby Prize receives a ten day residency at Hedgebrook.