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:
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
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: www.whidbeyinstitute.org
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.
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!
A 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.
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!
Questions? Contact Y-WE Program Manager Anna McCracken at email@example.com or (253) 355- 1502.
What to Pack: ***Please label EVERYTHING with your name!!***
Sleeping bag or bedroll and pillow
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
Shoes suitable for trails and wet grass
Water bottle with a strap on it
OPTIONAL ITEMS: 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.