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


  • Applications are now being accepted for 2024 residencies for writers and literary arts administrators. The application deadline is April 1, 2023.

  • Application fee $50


  • To apply for the writer/literary arts administrator residency program, please click here. 



  •  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 literary arts administrators who need a get-away to focus on a long-term project. Three bedrooms with queen-sized beds are available, 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.

  • Writer/Reader Retreats require completion of our retreat application form. Qualified applications will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The minimum suggested donation is $175/night. No housekeeping or meal services are provided.

  • Writer/Reader Retreats are available during the months of March, September, and November.

  • To apply for the Retreat Program, please click here. 


Our January 2023 Writers-in-Residence

Barker Rachel

Rachel Barker
Lenox, MA

Ghislin Mary Carol

Mary Carol Ghislin

Godfrey, IL
Children's Literature

Lee Anna

Anna Lee
Evanston, IL

Notes From our Residents

Sarah Nance

June 19 - July 3, 2022

I've been able to finalize my manuscript as a book -- and just in time for a baby to arrive this fall. This residency has given me time that I needed right when I needed it most -- that's something I can never repay.

Ira Sukrungruang

August 15 - 22, 2021

It's been a tough year -- difficult in so many ways, but the WODC is such a vital reminder of the importance of the artistic life and community. The services and work being done here are special. Thank you for creating such a welcoming and inclusive space!

Judith Adrian

March 13 - 20, 2022

You all provide a space for pause to people seeking this; a place to stop by woods filling with snow and wonder. I too wonder what you all and this space have added to our world. The impacts are undoubtedly huge and, as with teaching, we may not fully know for years or decades.

Dipika Mukherjee

September 12 - 26, 2021

What a gift this residency gave me! For nine days I wrote poetry with an eye to finishing a manuscript, but more words came and an essay, a short, short story . . . the inspiration of the sun setting at Green Bay, the magical poetry walk, the enchanting village of Ephraim, all wove its own magic

Tina Jenkins Bell

June 27 - July 11

I was inspired to write new stories after traveling across Door County and falling in love with the people, the landscape, and their stories. So, really, I accomplished more than I'd planned. Thank you for the space to complete planned projects and the surrounding beauty to contemplate new ones. Finally, I thank you for your support, for introducing me to your community, to trusting me to "take the floor" and share my truth. I want to return again and again and pray there will be space and opportunity to do so.

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.