Thursday, March 23, 6 PM

SAL’s Words Matter 2017 Benefit Gala & Literary Auction

Four Seasons Hotel, Seattle

Words Matter is SAL’s most important fundraising event of the year, raising more than $250,000 to engage people of all backgrounds and incomes, from kindergarten through adulthood, in the power of words to change lives. 

The evening will include an elegant multi-course dinner with wine, a silent auction reception featuring books inscribed by luminaries, and a live auction filled with unexpected literary adventures, all against the spectacular backdrop of the glittering Seattle waterfront.

Funds raised at Words Matter will support SAL’s Writers in the School Program and help bring the best writers and thinkers of our time to Seattle while maintaining affordable tickets and extending access to low-income and underserved populations.

Cocktail attire; sparkles encouraged. 

Tickets are $175 each/$1,750 for a table of 10. For questions or to join us as a table captain or event sponsor, please contact SAL Development Director Leanne Skooglund at  or call 206-621-2231 ext. 17.  

Register here or visit here for more information.

March 26, 2017, 11 AM-1 PM

Hedgebrook's Annual Fundraising Brunch, EQUIVOX featuring Natalie Baszile

Herban Feast, SoDo Park, 3200 1st Ave. S, Seattle

Natalie is the author of Queen Sugar, a novel adapted for television by writer/director Ava DuVernay of "Selma” fame, and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey for Oprah’s television network. To learn more about Natalie and her work visit

A Hedgebrook writer will be seated at each Equivox table to share her story. 

$150 per person (includes wine)
$1,200 per table (seats 7 + 1 Hedgebrook writer)
Brunch, Storytelling, Raffle, Raise-the-Paddle

Can't make it but would still like to support women writers authoring change?  Donate Now

Join the Wave of Change

A gift to Hedgebrook supports women writers authoring change. We call Hedgebrook writers Women Authoring Change, because the impact of their work is experienced in so many facets of our culture. Work generated by the writers who come to Hedgebrook flows out from Whidbey Island to reach millions of people around the globe.

Click here to watch a 2-minute video.

When you count up all the writers who’ve experienced Hedgebrook through residencies, festivals, classes, workshops and events at home and around the world— and those yet to come—you see how the ripples of change are building into waves.

Give Hedgebrook a gift this year, and join the wave. Your gift directly enables us to support writers authoring change in our culture everyday. Together, we will reach a future of Equal Voice.

Donate Today

Thank you for believing in the power of words to change lives.

For nearly 30 years, with your help, we have brought the community together to consider the most important questions, illuminate our connections and challenges, and provide insights to experiences different from our own. 

Each year you make it possible for us to bring the leading writers and thinkers of our times here to guide our conversations and broaden our perspectives. You help us bring accomplished local writers to public schools to inspire thousands of local children and youth to become authors of their own lives through our Writers in the Schools (WITS) program

Please help power another year of inspiration, conversation, and community with a special year-end gift to SAL today. We simply cannot do this work without you. 

With very best wishes and abundant gratitude, 

Ruth Dickey

Executive Director 

P.S. More than 60 percent of SAL’s annual revenue comes from supporters like you. Learn more about the impact you helped make possible last year in our 2015/16 Annual Report. We need your help by 12/31 to fuel another year of connections!