Young Women Empowered

Y-WE WRITE Summer Camp

Y-WE WRITE Summer Camp, Whidbey Island

**Y-WE Write 2018 is FULL.
If you’d like to be added to the waitlist, please e-mail Anna McCracken at

Interested in being a mentor at Y-WE Write? Apply here.

Y-WE & Hedgebrook team up for an amazing leadership and creative writing summer camp on beautiful Whidbey Island, WA. This is a weeklong exploration of young women’s voices, stories, dreams and talents.  This camp is unlike any other. 

Youth will get to:2016 Write Camp

  • Hang out with awesome diverse girls and women

  • Meet dedicated mentors who will inspire you

  • Work with professional spoken word artists, poets, novelists, song-writers, and more

  • Develop your unique voice, writing skills and talents

  • Enjoy the natural beauty of Whidbey Island

  • Explore your creativity through art and dance

  • Relax, eat delicious food, and make new friends

    For: Young Women*, ages 14-19


About our 2018 Hedgebrook Teaching Artists – Coming Soon. 

Meals and Lodging: Young women will be sleeping in tents. Y-WE can provide tents and sleeping bags for anyone who needs them. Indoor program facilities, hot showers, bathrooms, and yummy nutritious meals are provided. To see photos and info about the Whidbey institute, please visit:

Cost:  Sliding Fee scale. $250-$1000.  Pay what you can – no one is turned away for financial reasons. We charge on a sliding scale and are committed to offering this program to any young woman who needs it. You may select the level you are able to pay and request a scholarship when you sign up. If you are able to pay a little more please do to help those who need scholarships.

Price includes lodging, programming, meals and snacks for all program days.

write2Camp GOALS

1. To explore our creativity through writing and other arts.
2. To build an inclusive supportive community.
3. To deepen our understanding of the role of writing in our lives.
4. To learn the power of our stories.
5. Have fun! 

y-we-write-logo_200x256A typical day at Y-WE Write will look like:
9:00-10:00 Breakfast
10:00-10:30 Opening Activity
10:30-12:00 Full group discussion/theme of the day
12:00-1:00 Hedgebrook Writers Stories
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:00-4:00 Writing Workshop
4:00-5:30 Free time
5:30-6:30 Dinner
6:30-7:30 Mentorship Group
7:30-9:30 Evening Activities
9:30-10:00 Ready for bed
10:30 Sleep


About Y-WE Staff: 

The camp will be facilitated by the Y-WE Staff. Please visit our Staff Page to read the full bios for our facilitators.

About Y-WE Mentors: 

The camp will have a 1:3 ratio of adults to youth. Our mentors are diverse and powerful women who generously volunteer their time to participate in the camp. Our mentors offer their skills, networks, and passions to support the success of all the young women. They are in fields that range from the arts, to business, to technology, to education.

About Hedgebrook: 

Hedgebook is a 25-year old literary nonprofit with the mission to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. Hedgebrook will be selecting 4 of their powerful alumnae to work closely with Y-WE youth and mentors over the course of the camp. The writers will each present on a different area of literary expression—including poetry, fiction, playwriting, lyrics, spoken word, autobiography, and more!

Learn more about Hedgebrook at

How do I sign up?

Follow this link to the  2018 Y-WE Write Application to register!

Questions? Contact Y-WE Program Manager Anna McCracken at or (253) 355- 1502.

What to Pack: 
***Please label EVERYTHING with your name!!***

Sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow
Sleeping pad
Rain gear
If you have one, please bring a tent you can share with others (3 or more to a tent)
Casual clothing appropriate to the season
Slippers/heavy socks for use in shoeless indoor areas
Warm clothes for evening outdoor activities
Personal toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, etc.)
Insect repellent (citronella)
Sun-block and hat
Two towels (for shower and beach)
A mug for bathroom use
Bathing suit
Shoes suitable for trails and wet grass
Water bottle with a strap on it
Extra socks

Art supplies (like special paints or pencils you like to use), poems or other readings you might want to share, musical or percussion instruments, wild and funky costumes or accessories (you never know what might come in handy).

*Gender Inclusion: Y-WE empowers people who identify as women, were socialized as women, or who were assigned female at birth. Gender nonconforming, gender non-binary, trans, intersex, and other gender variant participants are welcome

NOTE: Youth are responsible for the belongings they bring. Please DO NOT bring any valuables or electronics. Y-WE is not responsible for lost or stolen items.