Write On provides a place of solitude and reflection on nearly 40 acres of woods, orchards, and meadows nestled between the water of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. In the heart of Door County, writers can work on a current project and find inspiration for the next without the distractions that hound them at home.
Eligibility: We welcome applications from emerging and established writers in any contemporary literary genre. Applications are also accepted from literary arts administrators who need time away to envision a new program, edit materials, or find renewal for their own creative work.
Residents must be at least 21 years of age. Applications from students currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program are welcome. Residents who need to travel with children or other family members are eligible to apply, though there may be restrictions on accommodations.
Previous residents are encouraged to apply again. Your former residency neither helps nor hurts your current application. Duration of Residency: Write On, Door County offers residencies of one week to one month. Typically, most residents have stayed for one week, arriving on a Sunday and departing the following Sunday. Residencies of less than a week are discouraged but may be possible with compelling evidence of need and consultation with the executive director.
Accommodations: Each resident is provided with a spacious bedroom located on the second floor of the Write On house. Bedrooms are furnished with queen-sized beds and separate writing areas. There is a shared bath. Residents have access to a full kitchen and large living area on the first floor, along with another full bath, office space, and a library/classroom space, which residents are invited to use.
In a meadow behind the house, The Coop, the writing studio of the late writer Norbert Blei, provides a very special workspace for writers during the warmer months of the year. At this time, Write On typically hosts one writer per residency. Two writers may apply for a residency together. Only in rare circumstances will two writers unknown to each other be in residency at the same time.
Residents are provided with linens, towels, and basic household necessities, including pantry staples. Residents are responsible for their own transportation and food.
Application Deadlines: Applications are accepted year-round. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application eight months prior to your desired residency date.
Application Fee: $25
Residency Requirement: In exchange for a residency, writers agree to complete a community service project in consultation with Write On’s executive director. In many cases, this will take the form of a public writing workshop but other opportunities are possible, such as a reading or lecture, visits to schools or senior centers, or other activities.