Who We Are

Our mission is to inspire and engage writers and readers of all ages, at all stages. 

We do this through events and workshops at our Writing Center and within the community, through our residency program, and by offering support to our writers.

Our History


Write On, Door County started in the spring of 2012 as a way to encourage people of all ages to share their stories. In the spring of 2013, an anonymous gift of property provided the organization a place to call home, and to create a home for writers. The first staff person began in fall of 2013 and in January 2014, the organization received its nonprofit status. The first writers-in-residence came in April of 2014.


Since then, we have hosted hundreds of writers from around the world through our residency program. Classes and workshops have been offered to all ages in every part of the county. Readings and talks have been given by celebrated authors such as United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, New York Times best-selling humorist Michael Perry, and internationally-acclaimed writer Naomi Shihab Nye.

Our Values

Read About Us - Peninsula Pulse Oct. 2, 2020 Issue

Meet Our Team


Lauren Ward
Managing Director


Jerod Santek
Artistic Director

Leary, Sam

Sam Leary
Marketing & Community
Outreach Coordinator

Board of Directors


Val Clarizio


Myles Dannhausen


Anne Haberland Emerson


Mauricio Kilwein Guevara


Margaret LeBrun


Tori Martinez


Dee Paulsen


Alessandra Simmons Rolffs


Sara Sohns


Allison Vroman

Coop Finds a Home

Coop Finds a Home

Norbert Blei was one of Door County’s best-known writers. For almost 45 years, he wrote in his chicken coop turned writing studio at his home in Ellison Bay. Norb passed away in 2013, at the time that Write On was getting started. The Blei family donated the Coop to Write On, with the understanding that it would be used by other writers in the spirit Norb intended. In August of 2015, the Coop was moved to Write On. It now stands in a sunny meadow, and serves as a source of inspiration to Write On’s residents as well as to members of our community. Blei’s typewriters continue to serve as inspiration to visitors of the Coop.

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Thank You to Our Members and Donors