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 http://pdxwomenwriters.com/aboutus/facilitators.html. For more information about The Institute of Poetic Medicine: http://www.poeticmedicine.com/
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.
July–Work-in-progress reading with Sidney Brammer, from Austin, Texas
August–American Ubuntu, Lenore Norregard reads from her screenplay