Residency

Write On provides a place of solitude and reflection on nearly 39 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.

Applications

Applications

Applications are accepted year-round from writers in any literary genre, regardless of publication history, including students in graduate creative writing programs. Applications are also accepted from literary arts administrators who wish to focus on new initiatives for their organization. Writers awarded a residency are asked to complete a community service project in exchange for their time. You are encouraged to apply at least 8 months prior to your desired residency date. Application fee $40.

Notes From our Residents

Janis Valks - Novelist, Feb 2020

I don’t know so many ways I would like to say THANKS. Many thanks for this great opportunity — live and work in Write On writers residency for the whole February month. House and surroundings are great for peaceful and creative work. I liked Door County and Write On very much and I hope there will be a chance to come back after years. Thanks to all helpful and kind peoples here in WODC, especially to Jerod and Lauren, hospitality was great. My novel about Cold War heritage and civil defense in Latvia goes much more forward during this month. Also, a few articles for the newspaper about my travel to the USA have been written and some new ideas stored in my notes.

Laura Beck Nielsen, March 2-8, 2020

Thank you for the much needed time, space, solitude, trust, and encouragement to grow and heal in this nourishing environment. Books, poems, and art therapy happened here. Inspiration curled up with me each day and night. Laura Beck Nielsen (Sturgeon Bay, WI) Fiction writer.

Judith Woodburn, January 12 - February 2, 2020

I wrote like a madwoman while I was here, and almost — almost! — made a deadline I was hoping to meet. But still — still! as my son likes to say, I’m packing up this morning feeling on top of the world. It's amazing what can be done when the rest of life’s obligations can be pushed to the back seat, even for a few short weeks. What a gift WODC has made possible. I’ll continue to support it in every way I can. Thank you!

Catherine Jagoe, January 12 - February 2, 2020

Three weeks have flashed by in a kind of dream. I’ve so appreciated the opportunity to put my writing first all this time and to settle into deep engagement and reflection and reading. Often I would wrestle with a section all day and a solution would come to me overnight or on waking–something that almost never happens in my "normal" life. Thank you WODC for making this wonderful, nurturing space for writers. I felt cherished, supported, blessed by your generosity, and hard work.

Miranda Paul, December 31, 2019

Finished off the decade with a family writing residency. Complete with six inches of snow in the final night of our stay! Was able to work on two projects and even the kids wrote poetry and replicated some of the art in the house. A wonderful time - deer and a bald eagle, too!

Accomodations

We typically award 1-2 writers per residency.
Occasionally, upon request or other special circumstances,
three writers may be in residence at any given time.

 

First Level: The private Writer’s Suite includes a dedicated writing room, bedroom with
queen-sized bed, and bath. Common areas include the living room and kitchen/dining room.

 

Second Level: two bedrooms, each with writing nooks and queen-sized bed; full bath.

 

Additional Spaces: laundry room, deck, Blie’s Coop, walking trails, meadow, orchard, and
woods. Residents have full access to the writing center.

We typically award 1-2 writers per residency. Occasionally, upon request or other special circumstances, three writers may be in residence at any given time.

 

First Level: The private Writer’s Suite includes a dedicated writing room, bedroom with queen-sized bed, and bath. Common areas include the living room and kitchen/dining room.

 

Second Level: two bedrooms, each with writing nooks and queen-sized bed; full bath.

 

Additional Spaces: laundry room, deck, Blei's Coop, walking trails, meadow, orchard, and woods. Residents have full access to the writing center.