Central Fox Valley

Oshkosh, Fond du Lac, Appleton

School of the Arts, Waupaca
Live Art Loud Waupaca! Poetry offerings are incredibly affordable. Check back for updates here: http://www.liveartloudwaupaca.com/registration.html


Watertown, Sheboygan, Milwaukee

Root River Poets
A working journey-person poetry group, welcomes new members. We meet in the Racine-Kenosha area but all are welcome. Be prepared with printed copies of work-in-progress at our sessions at Spectrum Gallery. For more information contact Stephen Kalmar skalmar@wi.rr.com or Carol Lee Saffioti-Hughes clsh122@gmail.com

Milwaukee Library, Milwaukee
Get your poetry book into the Milwaukee Public Library Collection. Daniel Kentowski of the Library staff informed us that he is compiling a collection of Wisconsin poetry to be housed in the resource room of the Central Library and available to any library patron. If you are interested in adding your book to this collection, email Dan at dkento@milwaukee.gov 

Mid Central

Wausau, Wisconsin Rapids & Stevens Point


Rhinelander, Eagle River, Green Bay

Write On Door County has ongoing writing classes and events. See writeondoorcounty.org for schedule and to sign up for mailing list.

  • Apr 1 -- 1-4 pm -- Reading and Writing the Sonnet
  • Apr 22 -- 9 am-noon -- This Is Not A Newspaper Blackout Poem
  • May 6 -- 10 am-noon -- What Do Editors Do?
  • May 26 -- 9 am-3:30 pm -- Write, Glue, Stitch: A Poetry & Book Arts Workshop


Superior, Hayward, Ashland

Kinnickinnic, River Falls
Kinnickinnic Valley Writers Cooperative (KinniWriters) in River Falls meets at 7 pm. For more information please e-mail Michael Norman at jmichaelnorman@msn.com

South Central

Wisconsin Dells, Platteville, Madison

Hip Hop in the Heartland's Annual Summer Weeklong Institute
Will take place July 10-14 in Madison, WI. Registration Deadline: March 31st (or when the event reaches its maximum capacity).  https://eop.education.wisc.edu/eop/professional-learning/conferences-institutes/hip-hop-in-the-heartland

Write Now: Prompts for Prose and Poetry, with Angela Rydell
Four Tuesdays, Mar 28-Apr 18, 1:30-3:30 pm.
Neighborhood House Community Center, 29 S. Mills St., Madison. Join a supportive writing community for prompts, craft talks & on-the-spot critiques. http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/classes/write-now-prompts-that-propel. Cost: $160. Contact: ajrydell@wisc.edu.

Short-Form Writing Group: Prose, Poetry & Creative Nonfiction, with Angela Rydell
Six Wednesdays, March 29-May 3, 6:00-8:30 pm.  Meets at Angela's house, 217 E. Sunset Ct., Madison. Tackle the small but mighty: boundary-busting prose poems, lyrical poetry, flash fiction, short stories or personal essays. Enjoy constructive feedback, weekly prompts & lively craft discussions. Cost: $280. Contact: ajrydell@wisc.edu.

Pauquette WordCrafters
4th Wednesdays, 9:30–11:30 am: Group meets at the Portage Public Library. Writing Prompts given at each meeting.  Bring a poem or two of any style to share, feel free to ask for critiquing. Also journal style writing. Memoirs also being written.

PAMP (Portage Area Muses Project)
3rd Thursdays 6–8 pm: Group meets at the Portage Public Library, desiring to support Poetry OutLoud Project. Bring original or favorite poetry for critiquing and/or recitation.  May also attend simply to listen and discuss poetry.  

Arts+Literature Laboratory (ALL)
First Wednesdays 7pm: ALL Write-in. New Madison writing community with scheduled activities, 2021 Winnebago St, Madison. http://artlitlab.org/

Watershed Writers
New Madison writing community with scheduled activities:

West Central

Prairie du Chien, La Crosse, Eau Claire

Menomonie Poetry Critique Group
The next meeting of the Menomonie Poetry Critique group will be January 10 at 1308 16th Ave. E. Menomonie, WI.  This is a new group open to anyone who wants to improve his or her poetry.  We plan to do a public reading in the spring.

Chippewa Valley Writers Guild/Cirenaica
Calling all poets, memoirists, fiction, nonfiction and Young Adult Writers! Your summer plans await! This summer we're pleased to offer five, three-day residencies at Cirenaica. Don't delay. Space is limited. Learn more here: http://www.cvwritersguild.org/residency/

•    Stranger Than Fiction: On Writing Narrative Nonfiction and Memoir with Allyson Loomis

•    Theory and Practice of Fiction with Nickolas Butler

•    The Art of Memoir: Keep it Honest But Keep It Interesting with June Melby

•    Poetry in the Shadow of Walden with Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland

•    Writing Young Adult Fiction: The Magic Formula with Marsha Qualey

L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire
First Thursdays 7–9 pm: The Writing Group at the Library meets the first Thursday of each month, usually in the Chippewa Room of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire. Phone:(715) 839-1648. The group is open to all who are seriously interested in improving their writing skills. For more information contact Sandra Lindow at 715-309-2084 or write to her at lindowleaf@gmail.com.