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409 Sixth Street, Racine, WI  53403
(262) 635-0261
Fall 2017
Writer-In-Residence
Emily Vakos
Racine Arts Council's (RAC) Writer-In-Residence (WIR) program is an initiative founded by ArtRoot (a collaboration of artists and arts advocates whose mission is to reinvigorate Racine, WI through the arts) and is implemented by RAC. Through this new program, we seek to spotlight Racine and Kenosha’s dynamic literary community while encouraging, supporting, and advocating on behalf of writers at all stages of their careers. Two six-month residencies are available each year for emerging, mid-career, and established writers who reside in Racine or Kenosha counties. Residencies take place January-June and July-December. Racine Arts Council's Writer-in-Residence Program is supported by a grant from the Osborne and Scekic Family Foundation.

2018 Summer/Fall Residency applications are not yet available.


Emily Vakos was born and raised in Racine and is proud to call it home. She primarily works in the sci-fi and contemporary fantasy genres. Her work has appeared in Lamplight Magazine and Quantum Fairy Tales.
Past Writers-in-Residence
Summer 2017
Writer-In-Residence
Elkid Alvarez Maldonado
Elkid was born in Puerto Rico and was raised in Racine, WI. She studied English at Andrews University and since moving back to her hometown, has become more involved in the writing community.

She is an administrator for the local writers’ workshop which happens every Thursday from 6pm-8pm at the Launch Box Business Resource Center (Lakeside Lower Level of the Gateway Technical College Racine Building – 1001 S. Main St. Suite R109, Racine, WI 53403).

She is also the data coordinator for the BONK! Performance Series, and hosts the Racine Literacy Council’s book club. Her writing has been featured in Things Are Not What They Appear and “The Review and Herald.”​

Follow her blog: The THInk Well
Winter 2017
Writer-In-Residence
Peg Rousar-Thompson
Mrs. Rousar-Thompson believes writing can fix most of the world’s problems.

She’s spent countless hours organizing writing groups in her community, volunteering as a Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), planning writing retreats and teaching creativity classes. She serves as editor for Left of the Lake Magazine and is currently working to establish them as a small press.

Follow her blog at writingbehindthesofa.wordpress.com


Julie Nondorf is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, a former English teacher, and a lifelong resident of Racine. She likes letters—especially when they get together to form words, the color purple, and life on the southwest side with her husband and son. When she grows up, she wants to be a writer and a crazy cat lady. You can learn more about her antics on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Meet our 2018 Winter/Spring Writer-In-Residence:
Meet Julie at Racine Arts Council on Thursdays from 10:00 -12:30 or at Racine Public Library for WordPlay on Thursdays from 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Follow Julie on our Writer-In-residence Blog.

Racine Arts Council in cooperation with the Racine Public Library bring​s​ you WordPlay! Join The Racine Arts Council's current Writer in Residence, Julie Nondorf, ​as she facilitates​ this fun weekly group. WordPlay will take place on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. in the Martin Room of the Racine Public Library. This 8-week guided workshop begins June 7 and ends July 26 and invites writers of all genres, backgrounds, levels of education, and experience to come together. Let's share a time of fun, artistic development, and support. WordPlay is for everyone. Looking for writing prompts to get those creative juices flowing? W​ordPlay's​ got that. Want thoughtful critique to strengthen your style? You can get—and give—that too. Feel that you need a gentle community to keep your writing going? Come on in! Don't consider yourself to be a "real writer," but WordPlay sounds like it might be fun anyhow? Join us!” This inclusive group will provide a place of inspiration where mistakes ​aren’t scary and misspelled words ​or​ scribbles are not a crime, but rather a stimulating and fun part of the process. 

​To take part, just register here.