Dreams are dependent upon dreamers. Jerod, you and the Board of Write On, Door County are surely dreamers of the highest order, creating a dream retreat nested in a landscape that invites exploration, contemplation, and creation. When I arrived, I’d been struggling with a difficult and pivotal scene in my current writing project. It was… [ Read On ]
I arrived at Write On, Door County utterly exhausted from a particularly tense and busy spring. I am leaving relaxed and refreshed and with a few new poems begun and a number revised. This place is paradise for writers: the grounds, the walking trails, the Coop, the porch swing, and most of all the people…. [ Read On ]
This place is magic. I wrote in the house, the Coop, the meadow, the kitchen. Paths offered meditation breaks, and the short walk to the water was restorative. Though quiet, there is no isolation. Thanks to Write On and its supporters, I met local poets through readings in Sturgeon Bay. The vision for writing and… [ Read On ]
I can’t thank you enough for the gift of time and space that was perfect for creating this week. This is a magic place – the muses live here. I wrote for hours and hours each day and wake up the next just itching to get to work again. Anne reminded me of your saying… [ Read On ]
Write On, Door County is a gem for quiet reflection and writing opportunity. Having the beautiful surroundings to meditate in as I thought about the issues in my writing was priceless. I sat in the backyard, on the porch swing, and could just think and problem solve for hours. The grounds were beautiful for enjoying… [ Read On ]
I think I spent most of my last day here just thinking about what I wanted to write here. This place is so wonderful, that when I described it to my children, my son said it sounded like something I’d created for myself out of thin air. In between the long, meandering walks around the… [ Read On ]
It was wonderful to return to the house again in January – such a quiet, peaceful, productive time of hear here. Thank you for creating this space for writers and artists to get away from the busy-ness of the city, to think and dream about our work in the darkest part of the year. I… [ Read On ]
What a beautiful, quiet week we’ve had here, watching the snow pile softly outside, line the trees and sparkle in the sunshine. This time and space has been an incredible gift – space that can hold all of the ups and downs of a writing life. Taught a workshop with D, who has shared this… [ Read On ]
Dear Write On, Wow, what a life-changing, profound experience. Thank you so much, Jerod, for your faith and trust in me. Launching the school program for all five Door County high schools has been an incredible honor and privilege I will never forget! I couldn’t have imagined the impact behind the power of storytelling and… [ Read On ]
Lawdy, lawdy, I love this place. It didn’t just recharge me. I’m overflowing. Thanks so much Write On and Jerod! Kelly Barnhill (Minneapolis, MN) Novelist, children’s and young adult literature, author of The Mostly True Story of Jack, The Girl Who Drank the Moon, and others. October 16, 2016
Thanks so much for this wonderful and productive week at the house on Juddvillle Road. BEFORE THE RAIN swallows sway on telephone lines all faced the same direction grazing cows lay down in meadows aligned for their protection poets lean way back in chairs window gazing on perfection Bruce Dethlefsen (Westfield, WI) Poet, Wisconsin Poet… [ Read On ]
Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin. In July, 2016, he spent a week in residency at Write On. This “Roughneck Grace” column was originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal. I just spent three days writing in a chicken coop and completing the final draft… [ Read On ]
Father’s Day is June 19. Write about your father or a father you admire in just 19 words!
Acclaimed novelist Faith Sullivan makes her first appearance in Door County June 16-18. During her stay, she will give a reading from her latest novel, Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, at the Miller Art Museum, co-sponsored by The Friends of Door County Libraries and the Peninsula Bookman on Thursday, June 16; lead a writing workshop at… [ Read On ]
Write about a memory from summer of 2006. Summer, 1996. Go back by decades as far as you are able and write a memory of that summer.
By Dale M. Kushner Preface They are at it again in the bedroom next to hers. Slippers thrown across the room, her mother’s scorched voice exploding in disgust. Father commanding Control yourself, Nathalie. Reenie waits in the void of their aggrieved voices, ear to gap, the silence, and imagines father smoking by the window, mother… [ Read On ]
I got to babysit the other day. It was wonderful. The baby was just a few months old, so full of life and so full of curiosity. She noticed everything. Soaking up her world like a sponge soaks up water. My first duty was to feed her some peas and oatmeal. It did not look… [ Read On ]
When the sky turns pink you know it is almost time, you grab your pillow, say goodnight and wish the day goodbye. Slowly as you climb into bed you drift off to wonderland in your sleepy head. The moon starts to rise, out your cracked window, the sun starts to say goodbye and promises it… [ Read On ]
Write about a time you were — or your character was– late for an important event.
Memoirist Ellen Rosewall discusses the influence of Stephen King, the Outlander series, and knitting on her own writing, as well as the projects she is currently working on with Write On volunteer Maggie Peterman. Chair of the Arts Management Program at UW – Green Bay, Ellen will be in residence at Write On May 15… [ Read On ]