Write On, Door County focuses on the importance of writing and reading and the ability of people to connect through stories. We provide a beautiful and inspiring retreat for writers on 39 acres in the middle of the Door County peninsula and conduct classes, programs, and special events throughout the county for all ages and experience levels. 

Write On, Door County is pleased to offer the Dick Scuglik Memorial Residency and Scholarship to a poet or other writer with demonstrated ability and interest in ekphrastic writing. The residency is awarded annually the third week of June. The program honors the memory of Dick Scuglik and his passion for painting and books.

The selected writer will be paired with a Door County visual artist. The artist and writer will share work with each other. Each will create new work in response to other’s work prior to the start of the residency. During the residency, both writer and artist will participate in a public event at which the new work is shared, along with a conversation about the creative process.

While ekphrastic writing is most common in poetry, Write On welcomes applications from all genres, provided the work sample submitted fits the classification of ekphrasis.

A scholarship fund is available to assist the writer with travel expenses related to the residency.

Eligibility Requirements

· The contest is open to both published and unpublished writers.

· Writers must be at least 21 years of age.

· Writers may be currently enrolled in a graduate writing program.

· Writers must have demonstrated ability and interest in ekphrasis.

· Please see below for additional expectations.

Submission Requirements

· Submit 10-15 pages of a work sample that demonstrates your ekphrastic writing. Excerpts of longer works are acceptable.

· Include a statement of interest in ekphrastic writing, at least one paragraph but no more than three paragraphs.

· Include a list of publications, if any, highlighting published exphrastic writing.

· Include a one-paragraph biographical statement.

DEADLINE: January 28, 2022.

ENTRY FEE: $40.00

RESIDENCY DATES: Sunday, June 12 through Sunday, June 19, 2022.

THE 2022 PROGRAM

For 2022, the visual artist will be the creative team at Popelka Trenchard Glass in Sturgeon Bay. During the week of the residency, the Scuglik Scholarship recipient will be invited to the glass studio to engage in a collaborative creative process.

About Popelka Trenchard Glass

Popelka Trenchard Fine Art Gallery is a working hot glass studio owned by internationally recognized artists Stephanie Trenchard and Jeremy Popelka. The gallery/studio is located in the heart of Sturgeon Bay and exhibits the artists' own accomplished techniques of glass cast sculpture and murrini blown glass, as well as oil paintings, jewelry, pendant lights and gift items. Popelka offers individual and group classes year-round.

About the Public Program

The writer selected for the program is expected to engage with the Popelka Trenchard creative team in the creation of new work. The writer may be paired with either individual artist or work with them collectively. Along with the visual artist(s), the writer will present a public program intended to be informal and engaging with the general public and including writers, visual artists, and appreciators. The public program is not a formal lecture or presentation, but a casual event meant to engage and inspire. The selected writer is not expected to have a background in academia or formal presentations but is expected to be able to convey a passion for ekphrasis as well as collaborative creation.

Submit up to ten pages of a memoir or work of creative nonfiction along with a statement of your goals for the master class.

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.

Residents must be at least 21 years o age. Applications from students currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program are welcome. Residents who need to travel with children or other family members are eligible to apply, though there may be some restrictions on accommodations.

Previous residents are encouraged to apply again. Your former residency neither helps nor hurts your current application.

Applications from literary arts administrators should include:

  • A current resume or CV.
  • A brief biographical statement of no more than one page.
  • A description of at least one paragraph of a service project you would offer during your residency. (Project may include a consultation with Write On board or staff.)
  • A description of at least one paragraph but no more than one page of how you would use your residency to benefit your current administrative work.
  • A brochure, catalog, or other printed information about your literary arts organization.
  • Two letters of reference, at least one of which must be from your executive director or board chair and one from a member of your arts community addressing the impact of your work on the community. 

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.

Residents must be at least 21 years of age. Applications from students currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program are welcome. Residents who need to travel with children or other family members are eligible to apply, though there may be some restrictions on accommodations.

Previous residents are encouraged to apply again. Your former residency neither helps nor hurts your current application.

Applications from writers must include:

  • A short biographical statement.
  • A work plan of not more than one page, detailing your current writing project and what you hope to accomplish during your residency.
  • A description of at least one paragraph but no more than one page of the community service project you would like to offer while in residency, including the targeted audience for the program.
  • A work sample of at least 10 pages but no more than 25. Picture book writers may submit 2 - 8 pages of work. If you work in multiple genres, your work sample can reflect more than one genre.
  • Two letters of reference from people familiar with your creative work and the impact of a residency on your writing. 
  • A photo to be used for publicity purposes.



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