What is 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 parties 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.
All our programs are small and intimate; this is our intention and our charm. Attendance at the Festival is limited to about 150 people. This is a comfortable house for the Trueblood Performing Arts Center, a fully-equipped facility which is the Festival’s home. Other venues include beautiful and historic locales such as the Island Dairy, the Hotel Washington, the Washington Island Farm Museum, and, for writers’ workshops, woodland or lake-side paths for inspiration, and a privately-owned boathouse opening to the panorama of Lake Michigan lapping at its door. Offering inns and guesthouses, beaches and beautiful byways to explore, and eateries which may feature local produce from organic Island farms, Washington Island is a permanent home to 700 residents. During “The Season,” it swells to host thousands of visitors and summer residents. Our Festival’s September dates provide the perfect “wind-down” set of days: an opportunity to enjoy the Island after the season has died down, as fall’s colors begin to tinge the landscape with peaceful beauty.