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Y-We Write

August 28, 2014 - August 31, 2014


Join Y-WE & Hedgebrook for an amazing leadership and literacy summer camp. This 5-day exploration of young women’s voices, stories, dreams and talents is sure to ignite your spirit. This camp is unlike any other. No writing or performing experience necessary! This camp is for young women, ages 14-19.

You 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 and talents
  • Explore the natural world
  • Set and meet goals for your future
  • Learn leadership skills
  • Relax, eat delicious food, and make new friends

View Camp Brochure!

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 online.

Youth program leaders, Nadia Cheney and Dev Majkut:

Nadia Chaney is International Senior Trainer for PYE and a professional poet and performer. She holds a Masters in Imaginative Education and a postgraduate diploma in Dialogue and Negotiation. Since 2002 she has facilitated over two thousand events, workshops and trainings on four continents. She specializes in creative risk-taking, emotional intelligence, and improvisation.

Devin Majkut is an advocate, ally, poet, youth worker, social worker, and activist who is consistently finding ways to bring her love for creativity into her work. She works for multiple non-profits up & down the Puget Sound, and seeks to give herself wholly to the people, communities, and causes that she is a part of. Devin graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in Cultural Studies and Expressive Arts Facilitation, and has experience in youth work, expressive arts, anti-oppression/privilege work and violence prevention. Devin recently re-located to Seattle to pursue her Masters in Social Work.

About Y-WE Mentors:

The camp will have a 1:2 ratio of adults to youth. Our mentors are diverse and powerful women who generously volunteer their time to participate in the camp along side the girls. 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. They offer writing residencies, master classes and salons, and public programs that connect writers with readers and audiences around the world. 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!


August 28, 2014
August 31, 2014