Writing on the Door:
Washington Island Literary Festival 2022

More Information About 2022's
Festival Coming Soon!

The Washington Island Literary Festival is a moveable feast of writing, reading, discussion, and thought about the written word. Writers’ workshops, author panels and presentations, readings and parties are scheduled at various quaint, historic and beautiful venues around the Island.

Participants have a unique opportunity to share time with prominent authors and dedicated readers in the intimate, friendly setting of Washington Island, a half-hour by ferry from the Door County mainland, in September’s color and warmth.

If you aren't an Island resident, we recommend you secure your housing soon. If you are an Island resident and have housing to offer, please contact us. Because housing on the Island may be difficult to secure, we suggest you look into lodging in Ellison Bay, Gills Rock, and other far northern points of the peninsula. This will make for a short and easy drive to and from the ferry. For those with bicycles, Trueblood Performing Arts Center is an easy ride from the terminal and will make it easier and cheaper for you to take the ferry.

Join us for all or a part of the Festival!

Connect and Celebrate with Literature:
What Past Participants Love

An intimate engagement with world-renowned writers.  – Paula Carter

Intelligent and challenging workshops in an absolutely gorgeous setting.  –Sandra Lindow

Washington Island is a perfect place to read and write and therefore a perfect place to immerse one’s self in the spoken and written word. - Libby Sachs

The venues chosen for all the events were just perfect. The barn was magical with its lights and chickens and beautifully laid tables. The banquet was wonderful, the food extraordinary.  I appreciated being able to give my workshop on the veranda of such a lovely hotel!  The auditorium was perfect for the panel and readings. It was lit so well and the sound systems were flawless.  Believe me, as planning chair I appreciate these things.  - Marion Boyer