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

Voyageur Book Shop, 2212 S Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee
Every Sunday 2-3:30: Improvisational Writing Classes at Voyageur Books. A different theme each week. Learn more: www.laprosette.com/classes

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 darrochfarm122@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


Make and Take Poetry Workshop
Carol Lee Saffioti-Hughes will do a "make and take" poetry workshop for kids aged 8 and up, at the Farnsworth Public Library in Oconto, on August 13th at 1 p.m.  We will explore "found" poetry, concrete poetry, collage, and haiku to encourage creative responses to nature.  All supplies will be provided; workshop is free and walk-ins are welcome. Any questions email poet at: darrochfarm122@gmail.com.

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.

ArtStart, Rhinelander
School of the Arts in Rhinelander has been reinvented as “ArtStart” through a unique collaboration of the Robert E. Gard Foundation, The University of Wisconsin Continuing Studies Department, and ArtStart, a team of cross-sector volunteers. ArtStart will be hosting art education retreats in the spirit of School of the Arts in the fall of 2018 and is looking for writers and artists to submit proposals for workshops and classes. Learn more here: http://artstartrhinelander.org/get-involved/ 


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

Farmstead Creamery & Cafe, 11077N Fullington Road, Hayward
Farmstead Creamery & Cafe is hosting its 2nd Creativity Workshop Series through WITC every Thursday this Summer from 3-6 pm, June 7 through August 23. Based on Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way, the class will also bring in research and writings from Mark Coleman, Brene Brown, and others. The series will showcase artists from different mediums. Take one class or sign up for all 12 through WITC. Please email John Adler at sonofmel@gmail.com for more information.

South Central

Wisconsin Dells, Platteville, Madison

Constructive Poetry Critique Group
Portage Public Library, Edgewater Street, Portage
Meets in the Sanderson Room. Third Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Guidelines - bring copy for group (no more than 8 copies). Be prepared to Read your Poem. Sit in silence for 10 minutes while group members write on your poem copy. Those who critique speak one at a time to the Poet about their critique and return the copy they wrote on to the Poet. Expect constructive comments and perhaps some questions. Inspired by the Monroe Barrique's Critique Group.

New Poetry Group
Used to write all the time but stopped because of shame, fear, guilt, laziness, angst, complacency, etc?? Want to feel like you’re taking your work ~seriously~ without having to pay for an MFA? Know how to give honest critique without being an a**hole? Want to be encouraged to write in a semi-rigorous, semi-fun milieu? Hate the word “milieu?” WOW, THEN THIS CURRENTLY NON-EXISTENT POETRY GROUP MIGHT BE THE POETRY GROUP FOR YOU. SEND A SAMPLE OF 2-3 POEMS TO badpoetryohnoetrygroup@gmail.com if you’re interested.

Write-by-The Lake, Madison

Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat sponsored by UW-Madison Continuing Studies. https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/conferences/write-by-the-lake/

The workshops meet 9:30-12:30 each day at the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon St., Madison. Fee:  $395 by early-bird deadline May 14; $445 after. Info:  christine.desmet@wisc.edu, 608-262-3447.

Poetry Tribe
2nd Thursdays, 7–8:30 pm: Madison Poetry Tribe, a writing group, meets at Michelangelo's Coffeehouse on State St. in Madison.

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.

Arts+Literature Laboratory (ALL), 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison
Write-ins provide all writers an opportunity to work for two hours with tea, coffee and sometimes conversation but without interruption.  Every first Wednesday, 7–9 PM at Arts + Literature Laboratory. Every Wednesday, 1:30–3:30 PM at HotelRED, Monroe St, Madison.  http://artlitlab.org/events/write-in

Watershed Writers
New Madison writing community with scheduled activities:

Madison East Side
Madison-east side poetry critique group looking for new members. Publication-oriented, meets weekly on Thursday evenings. Call Jeannie at 608-566-9087 or e-mail demiurge@fibitz.com for more info.

West Central

Prairie du Chien, La Crosse, Eau Claire

L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire

  • First Thursdays 2–4 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

  • 2nd Thursdays 6 pm: The West Central Second Tuesdays has changed to Second Thursdays and it now begins at 6 pm. Writers Read at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Library, 400 Eau Claire St, Eau Claire, (715) 839-1648, ree and open to the public. ecpubliclibrary.info/index.php

Pearl Street Books, LaCrosse
La Crosse Area Writers Group now has a monthly meeting for poets to collaborate, educate, and promote poetry events in the La Crosse community.  The group meets at Pearl Street Books. Please contact organizer, Kelly Schoberg, for details on how to join. 608-799-6848transientpoet1@gmail.com.