Inspiring People to Write & Share Their Stories


Write On, Door County focuses on the importance of writing, reading, and connecting people through stories. Nestled on a beautiful and inspiring 59-acre campus in the middle of the Door County peninsula, you'll discover classes, programs, and special events year-round for writers of all ages and levels of experience.

WRITING ON THE DOOR: One-day writing intensives

Based on comments from last year's participants, we have condensed our week-long master classes into one-day intensives, making it easier to find lodging during the busy summer season.

We are thrilled to have this line up of incredible authors leading these sessions:

Poetry with Michael Kleber-Diggs on Monday, August 7

Nonfiction with Staci Lola Drouillard on Tuesday, August 8

Fiction with Peter Geye on Wednesday, August 9

Register soon as spots are filling up!

Our inspiring programs are held in person at our Writing Center, at various locations in the community, and online.

Memoir Mondays, Scandia Village, Sister Bay, Monday, June 5, 10 - 11 am

Coffee and Conversation with Sean Chambers, Tuesday, June 6, 10 am

Author Reading: Liam Callanan, Thursday, June 8, 7 pm, Kress Pavilion, Egg Harbor

In It For the Long Haul with Gary Eldon Peter, Saturday, June 10, 10 am - noon 

Word | Play, Saturday, June 10, noon - 2:30 pm

Healing Through Writing, Saturday, June 10, 1 - 2 pm


KIDS WOW: Session for Grades 3 -5 , with Sarah Hammond, Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14

KIDS WOW: Session for Grades 6 -8 with Shawn Shiflett, Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14 

Recharge Your Creative Battery with James Mihaley, Monday, July 31, and Tuesday, August 1

Finding Your Way In with James Mihaley, Wednesday, August 2 - Friday, August 4 

Writing On the Door: Poetry Intensive with Michael Kleber-Diggs, Monday, August 7

Writing On The Door: Nonfiction Intensive with Staci Drouillard, Tuesday, August 8

Writing On The Door: Fiction Intensive with Peter Geye, Wednesday, August 9

Washington Island Literary Festival, Thursday, September 21, through Saturday, September 23

Each year, Write On, Door County brings a series of writing conferences and master classes to the Door County community and beyond.

2023 Washington Island Literary Festival

September 21 - 23: The 2023 Washington Island Literary Festival: Space for the Unexpected presents authors Amy Quan Barry, Brenda Cárdenas, Lan Samantha Chang, Meghan O'Gieblyn, and Shelby Van Pelt.

  • Thursday, September 21: Free Creative Lab
  • Friday, September 22: Writers' Workshops
  • Saturday, September 23: Panel Discussions & Author Presentations

Come for one, two, or all three days!


Write On provides a place of solitude and reflection on 59 acres of woods, orchards, and meadows nestled between the water of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Writers can work on a current project and find inspiration for the next without the distractions that hound them at home. Residencies range from one week to one month.

For residencies in 2024, the application period will be January 1 - April 1, 2024.

NEW! The Lorine Niedecker Fellowship is now open!

The Friends of Lorine Niedecker and Write On, Door County announce the Lorine Niedecker Fellowship, offering a residency every two years to an emerging or established poet familiar with the work of the 20th century American poet. The residency will take place April 30 - May 7 at Write On and May 7 - 14 in Niedecker's hometown of Ft. Atkinson. To apply, please click here.

Who We Are


Our mission is to inspire and engage writers and readers of all ages, at all stages.

We do this through events and workshops at our Writing Center and within the community, through our residency program, and by offering support to our writers.


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