The Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park introduced the WIR program in 2012 to support its mission statement, which encourages thoughtful reading and writing.
 
The Writer-in-Residence's primary roles include serving as an ambassador for the foundation, conducting educational programming, and mentoring the winner of our annual student writing contest for incoming seniors at Oak Park/River Forest High School.  In addition, the WIR enjoys the opportunity to work in the attic space of Hemingway's birthplace home, which is specially designed with Hemingway period furniture from Thomasville and other inspirational features for writers.