Anne Spencer’s Historic Edankraal Writing Cottage

Part of our Writing from Places That Matter Series

anne-spencer-houseWe’re sorry, but this event is sold out.

June 14-16, 2015 SistaWRITE and five guests have been invited for a day of writing at Edankraal, on the grounds of the historic Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum. This will be a special, intimate, and memorable experience for the five guests accompanying SistaWRITE partners.

About Anne Spencer & Edankraal

Anne_Bethel_Spencer_in_her_wedding_dress“This small garden is half my world …” — Anne Spencer

Anne Spencer was a poet, a civil rights activist, a teacher, librarian, wife and mother, and a gardener.  Noted for verse preoccupied with biblical and mythological themes, as well as those of her garden and nature, Spencer shared intellectual respect and repartee with such notables as James Weldon Johnson, who first discovered her poetic talents in 1919, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. DuBois, Countee Cullen, Sterling A. Brown, Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson, Thurgood Marshall, Zora Neal Hurston, Mary McLeod Bethune, Adam Clayton Powell, Claude McKay, George Washington Carver, H.L. Mencken, Amaza Lee Meredith, Gwendolyn Brooks, and the Rev. Martin Luther King.

Amidst the troubled, segregated times in which she lived, Anne Spencer sought refuge in her garden and in the cottage, Edankraal, which her husband Edward built for her in the garden behind their home. The name Edankraal combines Edward and Anne and kraal, the Afrikaans word for enclosure or corral. Here she could lose herself in her flowers and creativity, and work into the wee hours of the morning.

The results of Spencer’s contemplative time in her garden and the cottage garnered her literary success as well as regard from the intellectual community of the 1920s. The Spencer home on Pierce Street became a salon for many intellectuals who visited regularly, and for African American travelers, who found hospitality at the Spencer home when laws of segregation barred them from hotels. (Source)

Edankrall Cottage. Photograph from
Edankrall Cottage. Photograph from

For I was twenty and very old
And you and I knew all the answers
What the day was, how the hours would turn
One dial was there to see
Now the world is old and I am still young
For the young know nothing, nothing

— Anne Bethel Spencer

paypal_pay-now_buttonHOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE

Reserve your space for this incredible opportunity to write in the same space Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston wrote, guided by their muses.  Cost for the Writing at Edankraal Cottage package  is $185.00.  This price includes the Anne Spencer House and Garden Museum admission & tour, Sunday and Monday salons, Sunday dessert and Monday dinner.  Detailed itinerary with registration.


Lodging is not included, but we have confirmed lodging and preferred rates.


The Residence Bed & Breakfast

The Residence Bed & Breakfast has available a suite of two rooms (Webb + Quillian, 1 queen and 1 room with two twins) that share a bathroom.  The package for this room is $250/night and can be split between three friends for a terrific rate.

Reservations must be made directly with the property. Let them know you are with Jaki Shelton Green & SistaWRITE, to receive the negotiated rate. Check in is between 3:00-6:00p.m., and check out is by 11:00a.m.  Breakfast is included.

We have a very special itinerary planned, with opportunity to commune, learn, reflect, write, and share.  We hope you will join us.

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