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Wisconsin Writing Clubs, Guilds, Groups

Many of the writing clubs and writer learning/support groups listed here include WWA members. In alphabetical order by city/town location are their names, where they meet, what they do, and who to contact for more information. To get your writing group listed, please contact WWA’s Ops Director Ken Humphrey at Thank you and good writing!

Amery: Northern Lakes Writers’ Guild meets at the Northern Lakes Center for Arts, 113 Elm St., Amery — Contact: LaMoine MacLaughlin:  We read material one meeting and critique at next meeting. Members frequently publish.

Balsam Lake: Poco Penners meets in the library building in Balsam Lake; contact Carolyn Lumsden:  OR  Dave Muller:

Black River Falls: Writing Warriors of Wisconsin is a group of creative, inspirational, amateur and experienced writers who want to grow as a writer. They meet once a month to share work and give each other feedback. It doesn't matter if it's short stories, poetry or even something that isn't finished yet. You can come with anything you write and leave feeling inspired by others in the room. Join them on the second Monday of every month at 530pm at the Chamber of Commerce in Black River Falls. Contact for more info. 

Columbus: Crawfish River Writers Guild meets monthly at Wyverns Trove Museum. The group has prompted free writes and writing exercises based on the month's focus topic. Members read their work and get supportive feedback. All genres welcome, including letter writing and focused journaling. Wyverns Trove Museum is at 254 W. Mill St. In Columbus.

Eau Claire / Chippewa Valley area:  Please go here for more information on various groups in the area:

Eau Claire: Writers’ Group at the Library meets at the L. E. Philips Memorial Library, Eau Claire; contact: Sandra Lindow:  OR Yvette Flaten: 715-834-2844  We balance praise with criticism.

Edgerton, WI: Edgerton Writer’s Guild meets at the Edgerton Library (101 Albion Street) on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m. The group begins with a writing prompt, watches a lecture on writing, and finishes with a critique of each others’ writings. For more information, please contact Jim Salimes:  office: (608) 884-8512, cell: (608) 371-4304, email

Grantsburg and Frederic Northwest Regional Writers (alternates meeting locations) contact Denis Simonsen:

Green Bay: Green Bay Area Writers Guild meets the 1st Tuesday of every month in the Board Room of the Brown County Central Library in downtown Green Bay. Contact: Terry Misfeldt, (920) 366-6334

Hayward: Yarnspinners meet at Coopers Restaurant, Hayward; contact: Sally Bair: OR  Mary Jacobsen, 725-349-2761

Janesville: Janesville Area Writers Club meets in the Hedberg Public Library Public Meeting Room, Janesville on the second and fourth Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:45 p.m.  Contact: 608-758-6600

La Crosse: La Crosse Area Writers Group (LCAWG); a MeetUp Group; contact via MeetUp, Larry Bastian

La Crosse: Mississippi Valley Writer's Guild Contact Jess Witkins

Madison: Tuesdays with Story is a hybrid group meeting on Zoom and at Larry Sommer's house in Madison, first and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m. They are actively seeking new members. Contact

Madison: The Madison Writers Multigenre Critique and Craft Group meets every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the Madison Central Library, 201 West Mifflin Street, Madison, WI, from 6-8PM in room 111. (Exception: Feb 2018: First Wed.) Prospective members can email for more information.

Madison: SAMI Madison meets virtually every other Saturday. The Group reviews a wide range of fiction and provides feedback on work. They Typicallylook at two submissions per meeting, each no longer than 30 pages double spaced. Group members provide line edits in the documents, written feedback on the big ideas of each submission and take part in a discussion at each meeting. Any writer who would be interested in joining us can email Daniel Schiro at He can provide more details. 

Manitowoc: The Lakeshore Writers, sponsored by the Manitowoc Library, meet the second Saturday of each month, 10:00 a.m. to Noon, in the Manitowoc Public Library Board Room, 707 Quay Street. Beginning and experienced writers from all genres are encouraged to participate. Meetings include five-minute readings, constructive and respectful feedback, and a brief writing exercise. Club Contact: Tony Heine, email address

Menomonie: Chippewa Valley Writers meets at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Menomonie; contact Eva Mewes:

Menasha: The SMITHworks Writing Group meets monthly at the Elisha D. Smith Public Library on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. It is open to storytellers of all experience levels including authors, short story writers, video game writers, content creators, screenwriters, and more. The SmithWorks Writing Group is facilitated by author Rebecca M. Zornow.

Merrill: Real Writer's Groupconsists of a brief speaker (a published author) and a writer's workshop with different subjects each time---responsive to participants' interests. Meets at the T.B. Scott Library every second Saturday of the month, usually at 11 AM (unless otherwise noted). Contact Christine Voipagel (715) 551-3189 (mobile or text) Director of Adult Events for T.B. Scott.

Milwaukee: Allied Authors A group of published authors, up-and-comers, an agent, former journalists, nonfiction writers and avid readers who eagerly help one another become better fiction writers. Tracing our roots back to the Milwaukee Fictioneers (1931) and the Allied Authors of Milwaukee (1937), we are among the oldest professional writing groups in the state. Monthly meetings, occasionally at a local library, but usually at members’ homes. Learn more at:

Milwaukee: HerStry Wisconsin based online lit magazine and writing community. Contact Julia Nusbaum, email, phone: 815-440-8545, website

Milwaukee: Red Oak Writing (11709 West Cleveland Avenue, West Allis).  Through Roundtable Critique groups, craft workshops, author readings and Creative Writing Camps for young people, Red Oak creates a supportive community of writers who have the same goal: to improve their writing and help others to do the same. Contact Kim Suhr: 414-881-7276,

Milwaukee Writers’ Circle: Monthly meetings: 1st Monday, Memoir Writers 7:00-9:00pm; 2nd Tuesday, Critique Meeting 7:00-9:00 pm; 4th Tuesday, Educational meeting 7:00-9:00 pm. We are a diverse group of writers. We share writing, publishing, and marketing tips and resources with our members. Our mission is to encourage, support, and cultivate a writers’ culture in Milwaukee. All meetings are held at 4650 N. Port Washington Rd Lexington East Building, #116 Contact Heddy Keith:

Milwaukee: Milwaukee Veggie Chips Writers meet at 6:30  p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, currently by Zoom, but hoping to return to in-person meetings in St. Francis soon. Members write novels, screenplays, short stories and memoir and read passages of up to 10 pages, followed by oral discussion. We try to keep membership small (10 max.) and ask that members attend all meetings even when they don't have pages to critique. The group began in 2013, with some rotating membership. For more information, contact Dave Thome at 

Nekoosa: Home Town Players/Writers Group; contact Diane Genz, 715-451-1389 OR

Oshkosh:  Oshkosh Area Writers Club meets at 10 a.m. first and third Saturday. We inspire and motivate members to write; and provide a supportive forum for constructive feedback. Membership is free and open to anyone 17 years of age or older. For more information, please email

Pinney: The Pinney Writing Group meets in the Pinney Branch Library Meeting Room on the second Thursday of the month 7:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Joanne Johnson:

Shawano: Shawano Area Writers meets the 3rd Thursday of every month in the Elsie Engel Reading Room of the Shawano Public Library. Contact: Terry Misfeldt, (920) 366-6334

Sheboygan, WI: Sheboygan County Writers Club meets twice per month, at Sheboygan’s Mead Public Library, Public Conference Room #2, second floor. Each meeting has its own focus between writing discussion and critiques. For more information, call Linda Shimon (920)458-0240; email:; website:

Solon Springs: St. Croix Writers of Solon Springs meets in the North Room of the Community Center; contact Gary Banker, Debra Raye King, or Thomas Wayne King

Two Rivers: The Cool City Writers Group is held at the Lester Public Library on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6-8pm.

Waukesha: AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop offers online and on-site classes in all genres and abilities of creative writing, as well as coaching and editing services.   Kathie Giorgio, director, Email:

Wausau: Writers of Wausau Club; contact Susan Engelbrecht:

Wausau: Rubber-band Writers. Contact Susan Reetz or PJ Fullerton 

West Bend: Moraine Writers Guild Critique Group meets every 2nd Thursday, 5 – 7 pm at The Hub (303 Water Street). All genres welcome. Coffee & Write Sessions meet every 4th Thursday from 5 – 7 pm at The Hub. Contact for information.

Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets: offering members poetic camaraderie, a quarterly Museletter, two annual conferences, poetry contests and awards, and other regional and statewide events. 

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