A few days ago I hit send on my application for a 2016 residency at Hedgebrook, the artistic retreat center for women writers on Whidbey Island in Washington. Last year, Hedgebrook received more than 1,400 applications for just 40 slots. Winners are provided with a private cabin and delicious, farm-fresh food for two to six weeks of creative time This is my second time applying; I hope it doesn’t take me eight tries to get in, but if it does, it will be worth it.
The wonderful thing about Hedgebrook is that you don’t need to already be world-famous or connected to get in; unknowns as well as established writers are selected as residents every year. If anybody out there is interested, get to work. The deadline for applications is July 28. For more details, check out the video and graphic below. Go for it!