RESIDENCies and retreats

In addition to the Writing Center, directly across the street, Write On has a three-bedroom home — a place of solitude and reflection on nearly 59 acres of woods, orchards and meadows, nestled between the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. 

We are pleased to offer two distinct programs for using the home: Residencies and Writer/Reader Retreats.

Watch an author describe his week in residence at Write On.


A place to escape and focus on a project of your choosing. Write On welcomes 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.

The fully equipped home has three bedrooms, each with a queen-sized bed and writing table. More than one writer may be staying at the home at any given time.  

  • What

    Stays of one week to one month

  • How Much

    No fee for your stay 

  • When

    January - February, April - August, October, December

  • Other requirements

    Applicants need to perform a community engagement project during their stay.

  • Includes

    WiFi, wireless printer and office supplies; full kitchen with cookware, dishes, etc., and basic pantry supplies; towels and linens; washer and dryer.

  • Not included

    Television, groceries, meals, daily housekeeping.


We will begin accepting applications for 2026 January 1, 2025.


Does your writing group need a getaway to inspire creativity? Could your book club use a retreat to determine your next line-up of readings? At various times of the year, the Write On residence is available to writers and readers outside of the Residency program. 

This arrangement is ideal for writing groups or book clubs who could benefit from a retreat, as well as authors or literary arts administrators who need a get-away to focus on a long-term project. 

Our Retreat program is a lovely option for couples who want to read or write together. This arrangement is also perfect for writer(s) who prefer not to provide a community engagement project as part of our standard residency application.

The fully equipped home has three bedrooms, each with a writing table and queen-sized bed, making it a lovely option for couples who want to read or write together. This arrangement is also perfect for writers who prefer not to provide a community engagement project as part of our standard residency application.

  • What

    3 night minimum stay

  • How Much

     $175/night for the whole house.

  • When

    March, September, November

  • Includes

    Free WiFi, printer, paper, full kitchen and supplies, towels, bedding, living room, outdoor deck, access to Write On hiking trails. 

  • Not Included

    Television, groceries, daily housekeeping, or meal service.

  • Application Deadline


To apply: Complete the 2025 Writer/Readers Retreat Application Form. Qualified applications will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying will require a free account on Submittable.

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Our July 2024 Writers-in-Residence

Kathryn Kysar

St. Paul, MN Poetry


April Gibson

Chicago, IL

Roy Guzmán

Minneapolis, MN

Notes From our Residents

Prasanta Verma, Milwaukee, WI

February 19 - March 5, 2023

I've never had two weeks of writing time away like this, and it was a true gift! The setting, facilities, and the time away in a peaceful, quiet setting were exactly what I needed.

Tamara Madison, Los Alamitos, CA

May 12 - 26, 2024

What a gift it is, a blessing in fact, to spend any amount of time here. I feel nurtured and enriched, supported as an artist.

Gary Eldon Peter, St. Paul, MN

June 3 - 10, 2023

So grateful for the time, space, and collegiality with my fellow residents. What a beautiful, warm, and inviting space -- which describes WODC perfectly!

Mary Cantrell, Tulsa, OK

June 18 - July 2, 2023

Thanks to the time I've spent here, and to my two talented, smart, inspiring friends, I'm leaving with many pages of fiction and a vision of how to make writing a part of my life again. I will be forever grateful for this time in this beautiful setting. 

Dipika Mukherjee, Chicago, IL

October 22 - November 4, 2023

Thank you is such a small phrase for what I feel. My heart will be here for a long time, loping through the woods, red tail, white tipped, reaching for the sky.

Katherine Kassouf Cummings, Chicago, IL

April 14 - 28, 2024

This place nourishes me, heart and soul. It's a gift to be in residency, the quiet energy, the presence of those who have made their work in this place...solitude has a different texture here. And to also be in community, to cross-pollinate the arts, a joy! Thank you all for tending this place.

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
a 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.