Posted on December 12th, 2013 by Laura Tarasoff
A lot of love affairs start on Valentine’s Day, so did this one. February 14, 2013 I stepped into the longhouse at Hedgebrook and I was smitten. V-Day open mic night was the occasion. I remember being nervous and saying to a friend, “Yeah, but I’ll be reading my poem in front of ‘real’ writers.” Not counting myself among the ‘real’. Everyone was warm and welcoming, I was inspired.
So inspired, I went back for Spring Salon. It was here I fell in love with the land that is Hedgebrook. I envied the cooks that benefited from the well planned out and cared for garden. As we walked to the cottages for our classes, I longed for time to stroll through the woods or sit by the brook. Hedgebrook filled my senses, gave me goose bumps, and sent me into whirlwind of mushy, love poem writing. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on November 29th, 2013 by Lea Galanter
Woody Allen says that 80% of life is just showing up – an adage that is certainly true for me and Hedgebrook. I’ve attended multiple Master Classes and Salons, as well as other assorted special events and workshops. I first heard about Hedgebrook in the late 1990s through a friend, who pestered me to apply for a residency at a time when I had absolutely no confidence in myself as a creative writer. I didn’t get in (not surprisingly). Years later, someone dragged me to a Salon, which is when I heard about the new Master Classes. A week with Theresa Rebeck? A cottage all to myself? Sign me up!
Little did I know how much I would change over the next few years, none of which would have happened without the women I met at Hedgebrook. Every Master Class, Salon, and event I attend expands my world a little more, and today I am in a place I could not have foreseen when I first drove to Hedgebrook. Master Classes gave me the opportunity to learn story-telling (and the writing business) from phenomenal writers, to spend time away from the world, and to commune with other women writers – not to mention spoiling me with delicious food. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on November 21st, 2013 by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai
A few years back, I was working on a hip hop theater show in Chicago with my friends and collaborators Usman Ally and Idris Goodwin. The hip hop theater show was called “American Ethnic,” and it focused on race, gender, media, and ideas of the “other” in mainstream American culture. After creating with Usman and Idris for months regarding all the ways our identities were marginalized by mainstream American culture, my creative brain exploded with this poem “Self-Centered” out of my sheer exhaustion from thinking of myself as peripheral to dominant narrative and playfully puts my own experience in the center by imagining if the world were run by “5 foot 2 tattooed Asian females.” Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on November 14th, 2013 by Traci Macnamara
As writers, we can write wherever we are, right? We write during takeoffs and landings, and we write while commuting on busses, subways, and trains. We lug around our laptops. We keep our tablets charged, and we don’t forget to take our journals on overnight trips.
We can write on…whatever, too. We text message ourselves when ideas emerge in lines at grocery stores. We find chewed-up pens in the bottoms of our bags so we can take notes on the backs of receipts. We write on greasy napkins crammed in the glove boxes of our cars. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on November 7th, 2013 by Susan Rich
“Revision is not going back and fussing around, but going forward into the
highly complex and satisfying process of creation”
“It’s not how you write; it’s how you re-write.”
If it wasn’t for revision, I never would have become a poet. If it wasn’t for revision, I never would have become a published writer at all. There would be no way to improve my work if I didn’t spend hours, days, and sometimes years, revising. Writing is one area of life where obsession is a good thing. Or can be a good thing. I think I may have to stop writing and revise that last line. As a writer, I consider each word; its sound and sense. I want the best words in the best order. Sounds so simple and yet… Read the rest of this entry »