The mission of Write On, Door County is to inspire readers and writers of all ages at all stages. Our 59-acre campus on Wisconsin's northeast peninsula is a place of inspiration, encouragement, and support. In addition to our residency program, we provide programs throughout the county as well as online. 

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 for the retreat is $175/night with a three-night minimum. No housekeeping or meal services are provided.

Retreats are available in the months of March, September, and November.


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. We are unable to accept animal companions.

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

Applications from writers must include:

  • A brief biographical statement of no more than one page.
  • 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 engagement 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.
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