About WWA

Our Mission:
The Wisconsin Writers Association is a nonprofit organization that encourages, educates, supports, and promotes writers through its programs and services.

The Wisconsin Writers Association (WWA) traces its proud beginnings to the vision of Professor Robert E. Gard, former director of the Wisconsin Idea Theater at UW-Madison, who began traveling around the state in 1946, searching for writers and ideas for small theater projects.
    At that time, Robert Gard, former UW Dean Chris L. Christensen, and John Barton, former professor of rural sociology, all worked to foster community interest in writing and the visual arts. By 1948, a small group of university staff and other writers had established the Wisconsin Rural Writers Association.
    By 1949, an advisory board made up of member volunteers had been developed, and the first writing contest was held. In 1953, WRWA was incorporated as a non-profit organization. By 1956, with a growing membership of both rural and urban writers, the name was changed to Wisconsin Regional Writers Association, and in 2011, the organization’s name was simplified to Wisconsin Writers Association (WWA).
    The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, Wisconsin Council of Writers, and the Rhinelander School of the Arts all grew out of WWA. As statewide interest in the creative arts continues to grow, WWA is proud to be associated with so many talented people. WWA is also indebted to its dedicated volunteer board of directors and its many other member volunteers who work to organize annual conferences and writing contests and produce WWA’s new Creative Wisconsin Literary Journal—all in the interest of supporting the writing dreams and accomplishments of its members.
If you aren’t already a member, we invite you to join our fine association.
Questions?  Please see the contact page for a list of board members and staff.
(We also appreciate your patience since this website is also maintained by volunteers.)