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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 Julia Nusbaum at hello@wiwrite.org 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: lammacl@amerytel.net  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: bogfrog@centurytel.net  OR  Dave Muller: dmm5551@aol.com

Eau Claire / Chippewa Valley area:  Please go here for more information on various groups in the area: http://www.cvwritersguild.org/directory/

Eau Claire: Western Wisconsin Christian Writers Guild meets at Bethesda Lutheran Ch, 123 W Hamilton Av, Eau Claire; contact Mary Pierce: http://wwcwg.com/contactus.aspx  Networking and fellowship time, a speaker, and GREAT snacks! Come early (5:30 – 6:30 pm); members read their work and receive feedback.

Eau Claire: Writers’ Group at the Library meets at the L. E. Philips Memorial Library, Eau Claire; contact: Sandra Lindow: lindowleaf@gmail.com  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 jsalimes@gmail.com

Grantsburg and Frederic Northwest Regional Writers (alternates meeting locations) contact Denis Simonsen: simonden@sirentel.net

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: sallybair@gmail.com 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

Kewaskum: Moraine Writers Guild Critique Group meets every 2nd Thursday, 6 – 8 pm at the Kewaskum Library (206 1st St, 2nd Floor). All genres welcome. Coffee & Write Sessions meet every 4th Thursday from 6-8pm, at various cafes in the West Bend/Kewaskum area. Writers are encouraged to write for two hours with a break in between for ideas, plotting, chatting and hydration. Contact Nicolette@NicolettePierce.com for information.

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 mvwguild@gmail.com

Ladysmith: Ladysmith Writers’ Exchange, a group of people who enjoy and encourage the fine art of writing, meets the second Thursday of every month in the conference room of the Pioneer Bank, 200 West Miner Ave., Ladysmith, WI. The Writers’ Exchange published  Tall Tales, Poems and Life Stories, which is available at Amazon.com  They also have started an online literary journal and welcome submissions from WWA writers at https://theflambeaureview.org/about/submit/

Madison: Tuesdays with Story meets at Barnes and Noble, West Towne Mall, Madison, first through fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Contact http://tuesdayswithstory.com/

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.https://www.meetup.com/Madison-Writers-Mutigenre-Critique-And-Craft-Group/ (Exception: Feb 2018: First Wed.) Prospective members can email franwiedenhoeft@gmail.com for more information.

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 Carrie Sue Barnes csebsch@gmail.com (thought May 31, 2018) after June 1, contact: Tony Heine, email address tonyhbop@yahoo.com

Menomonie: Chippewa Valley Writers meets at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Menomonie; contact Eva Mewes: emus@wwt.net

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: http://allied-authors.org/

Milwaukee: HerStry Wisconsin based online lit magazine and writing community. Contact Julia Nusbaum, email julia@herstryblg.com, phone: 815-440-8545, website http://herstryblg.com/critique-clubs

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, 

kim@redoakwriting.com http://www.redoakwriting.com

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. https://milwaukeewriterscircle.wordpress.com/ All meetings are held at 4650 N. Port Washington Rd Lexington East Building, #116 Contact Heddy Keith: heddykeith51@att.net

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 t2winc@sbcglobal.net. 

Nekoosa: Home Town Players/Writers Group; contact Diane Genz, 715-451-1389 OR  gens@scacable.com

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 oawc@aol.com

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: markiemark@ameritech.net

Portage: Pauquette Wordcrafters meets at the Portage Public Library on the fourth Tuesday of each month 9:30-11:30 a.m. Contact Sarah Mautz 608-742-1319

Portage: The Writers at the Portage; meets in member homes; contact Barb Jensen, 608-742-6848  OR  Elayne Clipper Hanson, 608-742-2410  Meets second Tuesday of the month 7:30pm May-Sept.

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

Solon Springs: St. Croix Writers of Solon Springs meets in the North Room of the Community Center; contact Gary Banker gcbanker@aol.com, Debra Raye King sunnycovestudio@gmail.com, or Thomas Wayne King runhikeskinow@gmail.com

Two Rivers: The Cool City Writers Group is held at the Lester Public Library on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6-8pm. www.lesterlibrary.org/events/cool-city-writers/

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.http://www.allwritersworkshop.com/   Kathy Giorgio, director, Email: kathie11@aol.com

Wausau: Writers of Wausau Club; contact Susan Engelbrecht: senglebrecht@gmail.com

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

Take a look at this listing of writing groups and clubs by state. Scroll down to see those listed for Wisconsin and neighboring states.  http://writersrelief.com/writing-groups-for-writers/



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