Raising awareness for a wide array of issues is no easy feat, especially on a global scale. The women that are a part of the Hedgebrook global community have found an avenue to raise awareness and make a difference. This global community consists of women writers and people who seek extraordinary books, poetry, plays, films, and music by women.
Recently through non-fiction writing works, plays, and screenplays, women at Hedgebrook have been a voice in a vast range of issues, including women's rights in the Middle East, the spread of AIDS in Africa, inner-city violence in America, rights of incarcerated women prisoners, political strife in Cambodia, radioactive fallout in the Ukraine, highway construction dividing a Latino community, the ethical responsibilities of the pharmaceutical industry, and environmental stress on bees.
A literary nonprofit, Hedgebrook's mission is to support visionary women writers whose stories and ideas shape our culture now and for generations to come. They offer writing residencies, master classes, and salons at their retreat on Whidbey Island and public programs that connect writers with readers and audiences worldwide.