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 Executive Director Laurel Bragstad at laurel715@att.net  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

Door County: Door Pens; contact Nancy Rafal: mrsticket@gmail.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 OR Boyd Sutton: 715-653-4376

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; contact Dave Rank: davejrank@ameritech.net

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

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/

Manitowoc: The Lakeshore Writers, sponsored by the Manitowoc Library, meet the second Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m, 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 Tara Meissner (920-860-6957) or tara@tarameissner.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: Red Oak Writers 11709 West Cleveland Avenue, West Allis (the Education Wing of Holy Trinity Church). Contact Kim Suhr: kim@redoakwriting.com  http://www.redoakwriting.org   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.

 

Milwaukee: Writer’s Voice is a critique group that meets in the afternoon on the second and fourth Thursday each month in Wauwatosa. We include poets, fiction and non-fiction writers. If you want more information please call Karin at 414-763-6388.

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 second Wednesday 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.

Solon Springs: St. Croix Writers of Solon Springs meets in the North Room of the Community Center; contact Jan K. Jensen: jkjenson01@yahoo.com  OR  Barbara Haislet: bhaislet13@gmail.com

Stevens Point: AASP: Aspiring Authors of Stevens Point; contact Jim Pollack: 715-295-9979  OR  jimpollock@charter.net

Walworth County: Autumn Writers Group; Locations vary; Writers join together for critiques, support, and networking. Click on the link to see our Facebook page for information on meeting places, times, etc. Information: 262-728-6481.

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 Gioegio, director, Email: kathie11@aol.com

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

West Bend: Washington County Writers’ Club: We are an eclectic group of writers who meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the UW-Washington County campus cafeteria. New members are ALWAYS welcome. We share our work and offer each other constructive critiques. Contact Jackie Granger at (262) 335-3426

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/