Hedgebrook Master Class Retreat Series

Freeland, Washington, United States

Year Round


TUITION / COST:$3000 - $4000 (Covers lodging, meals and workshops; all taxes included. A portion is tax-deductible.)
SCHOLARSHIP:None Available

PHONE: 360-321-4786
EMAIL: hedgebrook@hedgebrook.org
WEBSITE: http://www.hedgebrook.org

Master Classes combine Hedgebrook’s retreat experience with the unique opportunity to be in residence and study with a celebrated teacher on beautiful Whidbey Island. Creative writing workshops in a diversity of formats and genres are offered to women writers at all levels of experience. Participation in each class is limited to 6-8 writers, to ensure individual attention, and create an intimate, supportive writing community.

We offer a variety of classes to suit writers at different levels of experience and phases in the writing process. Some are generative, designed to inspire new projects or breakthroughs in your process, while others focus on craft or developing a project already underway. Over the course of the week, teachers give generously of their time: leading a series of writing workshops, talks on craft and constructive group feedback sessions, meeting one-on-one with each writer, and sharing evening meals with the group. Writers also enjoy time in retreat to write and rejuvenate.

Each writer is housed in her own handcrafted cottage in the woods. Delicious meals are prepared by Hedgebrook’s chefs, featuring produce harvested from our organic garden. Our land features beautiful wooded walking trails, ponds and meadows teeming with wildlife, nearby Double Bluff beach, and breathtaking views across Puget Sound, with Mount Rainier in the distance. While the setting is rural, nearby towns offer shops and amenities.

Please visit our website for our current class offerings and to apply.


Featured Writers Include:

Past Hedgebrook Master Class Teachers include: Betsy Andrews, Erica Bauermeister, Claire Dederer, Hope Edelman, Carolyn Forché, Karen Joy Fowler, Deborah Harkness, Jane Hamilton, Ellen McLaughlin, Honor Moore, Ruth Ozeki, Rahna Reiko Rizzutto, Theresa Rebeck, Victoria Redel, Dani Shapiro, Robin Swicord, Gail Tsukiyama & others.


Poetry, Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Children's literature


PO Box 1231
Washington, United States


Hedgebrook was established 30 years ago and is a retreat for women writers from around the world, whose mission is to support visionary women whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. Located on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle, Hedgebrook is situated on 48 acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound. Residents spend their days in solitude – writing, reading, taking walks in the woods on the property, on nearby Double Bluff beach or trails around the island. In the evenings, they gather in the Farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories.