Past Events


December 14th, 4- pm  Watercolor demonstration at the Shelton Library meeting room with Hypatia resident Marian Pham.

October 14th, 10:30 am-noon Writing workshop at Brilliant Moon Bookstore, Shelton.  Dieuwke van Turenhout holds a master’s degree in language and literature from Tilburg University, studied international law on an Erasmus scholarship at Cambridge, worked in corporate journalism in three countries (her second child was born in New Delhi, India) and currently lives and focuses on writing in Manila, the Philippines.

Dieuwke finished a course at the Writers Academy in Antwerp in 2015. Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines in several countries, and she won an honourable mention in the Glimmer Train competition for new writers.

Her workshop will focus on how to start writing. “This will include some information on how authors we (ought to) know do or did their thing,” she says, adding that the session will include writing prompts and “little exercises to open the more creative part of our brain,” as well as tips on tension and writing dialogue.


October 14th, 1-4 pm  Hypatia’s 18th Anniversary Party!  Five former Hypatia residents read selections from their writing, and told how their Hypatia residencies changed their lives–Alison Mandaville, Jenifer Lawrence, Darlene Zimbardi, Tessa Floreano Goertz, and Meagan MacVie.  Duet Anne Edge and Phyllis Solter provided music.  Brilliant Moon Bookstore, 116 Railroad Ave, #104, Shelton, WA

September 26th, READING by Tree Bernstein.  Just back from two-plus years with the Peace Corps in Cambodia, Tree read from her work and talked about her Asian experiences at Brilliant Moon Bookstore, 116 Railroad Ave #104, Shelton, WA.

Tree’s assignment in Cambodia was teaching English and art. She is a graduate of The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University with a MFA in Writing & Poetics. She taught college literature and writing in Ventura, California for the past decade.

The photographs in her Postcards From Cambodia series are shot with an iPad camera and are part of an ongoing project to document rural life in Cambodia. Bernstein used the camera as a way to make friends when her Khmer language skills failed.

You can view her website Postcards From Cambodia at


READING by Washington Poet Laureate Tod Marshall and South Puget Sound poets,  (Hypatia co-hosted) Reading from his anthology WA129 (that’s one poem for every year from statehood to 2018, the end of Tod’s term as poet laureate. Two Shelton poets, and Hypatia’s long-time supporters, Llyn de Danaan and Catherine Alice Michaelis, were among the readers, along with half-a-dozen other Olympia area writers.  September 8th, At Brilliant Moon Bookstore, 116 W Railroad Ave #104, Shelton, WA

Novel-in-Progress with Tessa Floreano  Writer and previous Hypatia in the Woods resident Tessa Floreano spoke about her research and novel-in-progress about a first-generation Italian-American woman and her family in 1930s PortlandSeptember 9th At Shelton Timberland Library, Shelton, WA 710 W. Alder Street, Shelton, WA  (360)426-1362

Experimental Drawing Workshop, August 26.  Experimental Drawing workshop at the Shelton Timberland Library led by Hypatia-in-the-Woods resident Sonja Hinrichsen, a working and teaching artist from Oakland, California.

Using smooth artist pens filled with saturated India ink, participants created a huge drawing – all together. The drawing was cut into smaller compositions which participants took home, and the project will also included the opportunity to cut greeting/holiday cards of different shapes and sizes.

READING  June 22, 2017, 6 pm:  Resident Allison Campbell read from her wonderful, wise and witty poetry at Brilliant Moon Bookstore, 116 W Railroad Ave (Mariano Plaza), Shelton, WA  (360-868-2190)

LITERARY READING by resident Yen Ha 5 p.m., Saturday, May 26th at Brilliant Moon Bookstore.  Yen Ha explains that her work “revolves around the overlap of a strict Asian upbringing and a liberal Western mindset.”

WORKSHOP on the BRAIDED ESSAY, by resident Erica Berry at Shelton Timberland Library

SOUND OF THE HEARTBEAT:  Holistic Cultivation and Music, 1 p.m., Saturday, April 29, 2017 at Brilliant Moon Bookstore, Shelton WA

A performance and multi-cultural workshop facilitated by resident, Mi-na Shay. Through music, precusion, and the heartbeat, she examined the various traditions within our heritage and found connections, comparing and contrasting differences, and finally, renewing and inspiring a sense of relevance and power in traditional ideas and teachings.

A moving combination of wellness-music, meditation, knowledge, and connection

KEEP A KITCHEN DIARY, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Brilliant Moon Bookstore, Shelton WA

Artist-in-residence at Holly House, Carol Pulitzer from New Orleans, held a class on keeping a kitchen diary and cooked one of her favorite recipes. Carol called it New Orleans Cookery Meets Pacific Northwest Seafood.

ORGAN RECITAL, Noon, Thursday, January 19th, at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Fourth and Cedar, Shelton, WA

Composer-in-residence, Sheila Bristow, performed a midday organ recital.  Sheila used the Fritts-Richards tracker-action organ at St. David’s to practice during her stay at Holly House, where she worked on two composition projects.

Sheila is organist and director of music at Church of the Redeemer in Kenmore. She has conducted choirs ranging from the 5th-grade class of Daniel Bagley Elementary to the Northwest Chamber Chorus.

Sheila received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in music composition from Cornish College of the Arts and her Master of Music in organ performance from the University of Washington, studying church music and performing in many collaborative recitals. She continues to write and arrange music for services and concerts, and has most recently been moving more seriously into composing both for voice and for instruments.

Her program Thursday incorporated works by Purcell and Bach, among others.


HONE YOUR WRITING SKILLS WORKSHOP, Wednesday, November 30 at Brilliant Moon Bookstore, First and Railroad, Shelton, WA

Holly House Writer-in-residence, Rebecca Fradkin, presented a discussion of short story structure via an examination of James Salter’s ‘Last Night.’ How are stories built? What makes them strong and what makes them collapse?”   You can find the story at

Becky Fradkin studied fiction with Bret Johnston and Amy Hempel and has previously been published by Theaker’s Quarterly and Bradburyesque Quarterly. Her most recent short story will be coming out in Cherry Tree winter of 2016-17. She is also currently Affiliate Editor at the Alaska Quarterly Review. At Hypatia’s Holly House, she worked on her first novel.

WRITING FROM A DEEPER PLACE, during August 14-21th (time/date/place tbd)

Hypatia’s resident Gabrielle Pullen, from Seattle, WA, lead this workshop, focusing on a creative process for women in transition, guided meditation, creativity, and writing from a deeper place.

COLLAGE WORKSHOP, August 9th, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at the Shelton Timberland Library, 6:30-8:30 pm

Hypatia’s resident Artist Elinor Meeks, from New Jersey, lead this collage workshop.  Some materials were provided and participants were encouraged to bring personal ephemera (paper, letters, photographs, etc.)

BASKETRY WORKSHOP, Saturday, August 6th at Timberland Regional Library, Shelton, WA

Hypatia’s resident Donna Sakamoto Crispin, from Oregon, lead this basketry workshop.

ANNUAL MEETING, Saturday, July 30th, 6:30-8:30 pm at the Capitol Coach House (211 21st Ave, Olympia, WA)

Annual meeting & fundraiser.  Author and performer Mary Lou Sanelli engaged her audience with her latest presentation, “A Woman Writing.”   Mary Lou gave us her take on wordsmithing; thought-provoking and entertaining.  Included Silent Auction items, and libations and nibbles.

WORKPARTY REUNION, July 24-30th at Holly House, 160 Lagoon Lane, Shelton, WA

We rolled up our sleeves and tackled summer maintenance on our residency building, Holly House.  We were joined by volunteers, including locals and former residents–thank you, one and all!

PROCESS and PLAY:  A WRITING WORKSHOP, July 23th, 10:00 am, at Brilliant Moon Bookstore, Shelton, WA

Hypatia’s writer-in-resident Alexandra Sirotovich of St. Augustine, Florida.  A workshop investigating the possibilities that playfulness can inject into the creative process. Through discussion and prompts, we explored strategies for letting go of personal blocks and making space for the playful and truthful artist in all of us. For those who write, are just getting started, and especially for those who are stuck staring at a blank page, this workshop focused on introducing levity to the creative process to push us beyond resistance and doubt.

WRITING MEMORY:  How to Use Your Past to Write Epiphanic Poetry WORKSHOP, June 30th at Brilliant Moon Bookstore, Shelton

Hypatia’s writer-in-residence, Lauren M. Davis.  Participants were challenged to write tangible-memory, and learned how to use poetic form and tactics to facilitate an intimate connection which will resonate with readers, allowing them to recall the importance of their own memories. Learned how to use memories to write a successful poem and to discuss memory writing challenges.
Lauren Davis is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. A recent MFA graduate of the Stonecoast MFA program in Maine, Lauren has studied in North Carolina and Ireland.

COLLAGE WORKSHOP,  June 11th at Brilliant Moon Bookstore, Shelton

Hypatia’s artist-in-resident, Kansan artist Rhonda Davis taught the class that there is no wrong thing to do when it comes to art.  The group used faces from magazines as a jumping-off place to explore visual ideas with a variety of mark-making tools–pencils, pens, colored pencils, watercolor, gouache.  Rhonda stressed “play” and “fun” and “no fear” during the workshop.  She left her four-week residency with a deep appreciation of the Pacific Northwest and a love of oyster shells.

“WISE AGING” MEMOIR WRITING WORKSHOP with Lee Reilly, April 27th, Timberland Regional Library, Shelton, WA.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION, Friday, April 22nd at Brilliant Moon bookstore, Shelton

Co-sponsored with Great Old Broads for Wilderness.   Works of poets of the wild and the natural world.  Celebrated Olympia poet Bill Yake will read, and Holly Hughes, a resident alumna, read from Passings, her new chapbook about extinct birds.

MEET HYPATIA-IN-THE-WOODS February 20th at Brilliant Moon bookstore, Shelton

Provided information about Hypatia-in-the-Woods, which provides residencies for women in the arts, academia and entrepreneurship, and enriches the community with workshops and readings by its resident scholars, artists and writers.  Information provided about volunteering.  Refreshments, live music, and talks by former residents.

Panel Discussion:  Suicide Prevention, February 9th, Shelton Timberland library with Lisa Richards.



WATERCOLOR ILLUSTRATION – A WORKSHOP WITH ABIGAIL VAUGHAN, a Portland, OR artist working in watercolor and sculpture September 15th, at the Shelton Timberland Library
Participants spent time on technique, paint mixing and color blending, interpretation and editing. Students brought a favorite piece of writing, and  short stories or excerpts from a selection at the library. The goal was to complete at least one illustration during the workshop. Artists brought their own supplies.

Abigail has worked as a mural artist in private homes and businesses, a guest artist and teacher at Crosswinds Elementary in Minnesota and custom card printer and painter. She loves to travel and gain inspiration from communities around the world, illustrating stories, poems and life.

WRITE TO CONNECT WITH YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF – A WORKSHOP WITH TRACI SCHATZ, a Portland, OR writer September 28th at the Shelton Timberland Library
In this workshop, fiction, memoir, and poetry provided inspiration to explore, play, and connect more deeply with ourselves, our writing, and with the other people in the circle.  Participants finished the workshop with some complete pieces as well as material to mine for future poems and stories.

Traci Schatz lives and writes in Portland, Oregon, with her partner and their small petting zoo of animals. She has been published in the VoiceCatcher anthology (and went on to become an Associate Editor) and Wordstock 10, among others. She has been enrolled in The Institute of Poetic Medicine’s facilitator training program where she explores poetry as therapy as a tool for empowerment and growth. She has also been a facilitator for Portland Women Writers.

For more details about Traci, visit For more information about The Institute of Poetic Medicine:

MUSIC COMES TO THE LIBRARY WITH DOUBLE HUG: SONGS & SPELLS FOR DECOLONIZING BODIES, November at the Shelton Timberland Library with Nomy Lamm and Erin Daly, music and dream collaborators for nearly a decade.

In this workshop, participants explored gentle lullabyes for grownups that soothe the nervous system and dress the wounds of civilization. Songs to relax into, songs that cuddle our souls and inspire deep dreams of a world our mothers wished they could give us.

Nomy and Erin have toured the country together several times, spreading their vision in the three-piece hybrid-genre band Tricrotic, and on the New Road Home tour with DavEnd.  They’ve played at festivals including Homo-a-go-go, Ladyfest, Idapalooza, Camp Trans and Outfest. When not immersed in a double hug, Erin roams the wilds of Washington making medicine with the plants she encounters, and Nomy lives in San Francisco writing stories and teaching people to access their voices.


March — WHISPER, SHOUT, SING! –Writer’s Workshop with Terri Cohlene, author, poet and editor in Olympia, Washington

April — Stories of the Internal Pilgrimage–Playback theater, a form of improvisational theatre – Heartsparkle Players

June– Haiku – Living in the Moment, Reading and Workshop led by Margaret Chula.

July–Work-in-progress reading with Sidney Brammer, from Austin, Texas

August–American Ubuntu, Lenore Norregard reads from her screenplay



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