Thank you to all who attended our 4th annual Literary Festival on Washington Island!
Save the date! The 2017 Literary Festival will be September 22-24
Theme: Exploring Frontiers, Real and Imagined
Photos below are from the 2016 Literary Festival panel discussion on Saturday morning with all 7 authors, moderated by Elizabeth Sachs.
Here are what the authors from the 2015 Literary Festival are saying:
John Hildebrand (The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac):
“This festival had a sense of fellowship that extends beyond the readings and workshops. There was a sense of everyone being at the same table that I suppose comes from being on an island.”
Peter Geye (The Lighthouse Road, Safe from the Sea):
“Wonderful, warm folks. Venues are beautiful, out of this world. Maybe one of the best festivals I’ve been a part of. Participants are welcoming and willing to engage with writers.”
Anne-Marie Oomen (Love, Sex and 4-H, Pulling Down the Barn and House of Fields.):
“This is a conference for readers and writers, for nurturing that connection and building a literary culture.”
“Participants in my seminar (Life Writing Made Easy) were of the highest caliber. And that’s exciting as a teacher to have that kind of commitment.”
Catherine Jagoe, winner of the Norbert Blei Award
"One of the things that struck me as so successful about this festival was the sense of community and ease between all of us there. I was apprehensive about not knowing anyone before I went, but people were open to one another and it was easy to talk to strangers and get to know one another... this was a jewel of a festival. Writing is a hard and often lonely occupation, and it is easy to get discouraged. Winning the prize was a completely unexpected vote of confidence in my work, which I badly needed after years of obstacles. It has helped re-inject a sense of purpose and direction in myself as a Midwestern writer..."
Washington Island, Wisconsin ...
Drive to the tip of the Door Peninsula in Door County and board the Washington Island Ferry for a 30 minute journey through the six-mile passage known as "Death's Door" - the legendary body of water where the waters of Green Bay meet Lake Michigan to the island of Washington, population about 700. Visit the Historic Island Dairy's Island history exhibit, lavender market and art gallery; or spend some time exploring the Jackson Harbor Maritime Museum, the Island's Farm Museum, Fragrant Isle's vast lavender fields, take in nine holes of golf, visit the Art & Nature Center, browse the books at Fair Isle book store, climb Lookout Tower at Mountain Park for scenic vista of the surrounding waters and islands or visit Schoolhouse Beach, one of five beaches in the world with perfectly smooth stones. The Island is a birding, biking, boating and fishing haven. Perfect for readers and writers. Washington Island is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Green Bay.