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Decades ago when I was first writing fiction, a good friend of mine pressed a newspaper article about a marvelous  writer’s retreat near Seattle. I applied for a spot in the dead of winter when I figured I’d have a better chance. Fortune smiled on me, and I spent thirty days entirely devoted to writing where I wrote as Dear Sugar says, “Like a motherfucker.”

5 Weeks Left to Apply…

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.

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Another shot in the arm for this infertile woman

Last Saturday, during a nasty rainstorm in northern California, I drove seventy-five miles to attend the Hedgebrook Bay Area Chapter event to reconnect with fellow alumni and listen to Dorothy Allison and Karen Joy Fowler.

These astounding authors didn’t read from their most recent books, instead they regaled us with a conversation about their lives as writers. Riveted to my seat is a mere understatement. Each recount of their blunt and raw struggles, hilarious confessions, and no-holds-barred advice  reaffirmed and fueled my goal to tell my stories with humor and compassion, but without apology or shame.

I simply can’t thank Ms. Allison and Ms. Fowler enough for such a  memorable evening.

I invite you to visit www.hedgebrook.org–Women Authoring Change– and learn more about their mission.

Months after My Man and I lost our daughter to her birth mother, I received a letter from Nancy Nordhoff offering her condolences and an open invitation for me to retreat to one of the cottages again and let them and the farm help me heal.  

I learned to call myself a writer during my stay in Cedar Cottage.