Washington Island Literary Festival 2023:

space for the unexpected


September 21 - 23, 2023

Thursday, September 21: Creative Lab

Friday, September 22: Writing Workshops

Saturday, September 23: Author Talks & Panel Discussions

2023 Presenting Authors

Amy quan Barry


Brenda Cárdenas


Lan Samantha Chang


Meghan O'Gieblyn


Shelby Van Pelt


Festival Schedule

  • Thursday, September 21: FREE Community Creative Lab

    Thursday's Creative Lab is free; no registration required.

    Details coming by April 1, 2023!

  • Friday, September 22 For Writers: Writing Workshops

    Details coming by April 1, 2023!

  • Saturday, September 23: For Readers & Writers: Author Talks

    Details coming by April 1, 2023!

2023 Workshop Descriptions


For other registration options, please call 920-868-1457 or email info@writeondoorcounty.org.

2023 Books click cover to order

About the Washington Island Literary Festival

The Washington Island Literary Festival is a moveable feast of writing, reading, discussion, and thought about the written word. Writers' workshops, author panels and presentations, readings and social activities are scheduled at various quaint, historic, and beautiful venues around the Island.

Participants have a unique opportunity to share time with prominent authors and dedicated readers in the intimate, friendly setting of Washington Island, a half-hour by ferry from the Door County mainland, in September's color and warmth.

If you aren't an Island resident, we recommend you secure your housing as soon as possible! Visit Destination Door County for a listing of accommodations. (Narrow your search to Washington Island.)

Come for all or just part of the Festival. We look forward to welcoming you to our community!

Thank you to our partners and sponsors

Fair Isle Books
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Connect and Celebrate with Literature:
What Past Participants Love

Marion Boyer

The venues chosen for all the events were just perfect. The barn was magical with its lights and chickens and beautifully laid tables. I appreciated being able to give my workshop on the veranda of such a lovely hotel!  The auditorium was perfect for the panel and readings. It was lit so well and the sound systems were flawless.  Believe me, as planning chair I appreciate these things. 

Paula Carter

An intimate engagement with world-renowned writers. 

Sandra Lindow

Intelligent and challenging workshops in an absolutely gorgeous setting.

Libby Sachs

Washington Island is a perfect place to read and write and therefore a perfect place to immerse one's self in the spoken and written word.