Located on nearly 40 acres of meadow, orchards, and woodlands in the heart of Door County, Write On provides a peaceful retreat for writers who need time to focus on their craft.
The 4-bedroom house is completely furnished. Two large upstairs bedrooms with a shared full bath are used for the residency program. Linens and basic kitchen necessities are provided. Residents should bring their own food, as well as any special cooking equipment they may want to use during their stay.
Community service is integral to the residency program. Residents are asked to teach a class, visit a school or senior center, or otherwise engage with the Door County community while they are here.
Residencies are available all year, with each season providing its own unique beauty. Residencies have been as short as an extended weekend and as long as a month. The type of community service is dependent on the length of stay.
Applications are accepted year-round; however you are strongly encouraged to submit your application eight months prior to your desired residency date.
To start the application process a $25 non-refundable application fee is required and can be paid online by clicking here. After which, you will be prompted to submit the following information via email to complete the application process. Your application will not be considered until fully completed. If there are any questions, please contact Jaime our Administrative Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 920-868-1457.
A completed application consists of the following:
- A brief biographical statement of no more than one page.
- A description of at least one paragraph but no more than one page of the community service project you would like to offer while in residency, including the targeted audience for the program.
- A work plan of no more than one page, detailing your current writing project and what you hope to accomplish during your residency.
- A work sample of at least 10 pages but no more than 25 (picture book writers should submit at least 2 pages but no more than 8). If you work in multiple genres, your work sample may include samples from more than one genre.
- Two letters of reference from people familiar with your creative work and the impact of a residency on your writing.
For Literary Arts Administrators:
A completed application consists of the following:
- A current resume or CV.
- A brief biological statement of no more than one page.
- A description of at least one paragraph of a service project you would offer during your residency.
- A description of at least one paragraph but no more than one page of how you would use your residency to benefit your current administrative work.
- A brochure, catalog, or other printed information about your literary arts organization.
- Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from your organization’s executive director or board chair and one from a member of your arts community addressing the impact of your work on the community.
What Our Residents Have To Say
History Of Residency Program
Write On accepted our first writers-in-residence in April, 2013. Since then, more than two dozen writers have stayed and worked at Write On. They have come from as far away as Boston and as close by as Baileys Harbor. Residents have included authors with several books to their credit and writers who have yet to publish a book. Genres represented by our residents have included children’s literature, essays, fiction, memoir, mystery, poetry, and songwriting.
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About Door County
With 300 miles of graceful, beautiful, sometimes dramatic shoreline that looks out upon the beautiful waters of Lake Michigan and the bay of Green Bay, Door County, Wisconsin has been hailed as a premier getaway destination in Wisconsin and the Midwest.
The western rim of the Niagara Escarpment, a geological feature comprised of dolomite limestone that arches from Niagara Falls through Canada and Michigan and ends in the southeastern part of Wisconsin, is prominently featured along Door County’s western coastline. Niagara Escarpment features include the tall bluffs, steep cliffs, and caves and rocks that can be found throughout the county, many of which reveal the skeletons of tropical corals that were left behind millions of years ago.
Door County is home to five state parks, 11 historic lighthouses, and miles of scenic roadways. It is an ideal location for four season recreational activity including, snowshoeing, skiing, sailing, golfing, hiking, biking, and much more. Famous for its cherry and apple orchards, Door County offers a wide range of culinary experiences, including local wineries and award-winning restaurants serving locally-produced food and beverages.
If there is anything more stunning than Door County’s glittering waters, golden fields, and dazzling sunsets, it is our vibrant art scene, powered by writers, painters, photographers, ceramic artists, actors, singer-songwriters, and more. Creative people have long been drawn to Door County’s quality of life and scenic inspiration and they have created an artistic community that is supportive and stimulating.
A handful of the county’s 34 named islands are easily accessible to the public. A year round vehicle/passenger ferry connects the northern tip of the peninsula with Washington Island, the largest of Door County’s islands with a population of 700 residents. A smaller, seasonal ferry connects Rock Island State Park to Washington Island. About a third of the county’s 28,000 year-round residents live in Sturgeon Bay, the county seat and only city in Door County. Door County’s communities include Baileys Harbor, Carlsville, Egg Harbor, Ellison Bay, Ephraim, Fish Creek, Gills Rock, Jacksonport, Rowleys Bay, Sister Bay, Southern Door, Sturgeon Bay, and Washington Island.