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.


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 2025 residencies January 1, 2024.


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

    The minimum suggested donation is $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 2024 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.


Our May 2023 Writers-in-Residence


Donna Hilbert
Long Beach, CA

Lauren Headshot

Lauren Carlson

Manistee, MI

Hayley Haugen

Russell, KY

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.