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 April 2024 Writers-in-Residence

Barker Rachel

Rachel Barker
Lenox, MA Fiction


Cummings Katherine

Katherine Kassouf Cummings

Chicago, IL

Anna da Silva

Chicago, IL

Notes From our Residents

Sandra Jones

December 4 - 11, 2022

This is indeed a magical community you all have created and a welcoming home for writers to work!

Tara DaPra

January 1 - 7, 2023

Thank you for creating this space to support writers -- this is a gift of time but also of clarity. A stripping away of all of life's other obligations, a concentration of voice, a great filling up in order to create.

Rachel Barker

January 22 - 27, 2023

What a gift. I learned so much about myself as a writer, about my character, and about time and space to create.

Connie Sommer

February 19 - March 4, 2023

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this beautiful space to think and write. I felt so well taken care of and, for a California girl, the snow and the cold was a rare and precious treat. Best of all, my novel has made great strides. I could not have done it without this precious time and space.

Prasanta Verma

February 11 - March 4, 2023

Thank you for the precious gift of these past two weeks. The setting, facilities, and the time away in a peaceful, quiet setting were exactly what I needed. I've been able to develop a few essays during my stay and do some editing on past work. I've never had two weeks of writing time away like this and it was a true gift!

Jeremy Owens

March 26 - April 2, 2023

This might be my most favorite place on Earth. I got so much done here -- it's a truly magical place.

Tamara Madison

May 13 - 27, 2023

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. It's wonderful to have this time, in this magical place, to devote to writing. I leave feeling renewed and ready to go back into the world, rested and with my muse well-nourished.

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.