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


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

Write-by-The Lake, Madison
June 11-15, 2018 Write-by-the-Lake Writer’s Workshop & Retreat sponsored by UW-Madison Continuing Studies. https://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/conferences/write-by-the-lake/

  • CX Dillhunt leads “Silence & Noise & the Daily Shock of Practicing Your Own Poetry: How to Make Poems Work on the Page for You & Your Readers.”

    CX’s recent work from his new manuscript, The Incomplete Glass Man’s Glossary, has appeared in several journals and anthologies including American Mustard (2016), The Needle Can (Shabda Press, 2015), and 2015 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. He received the 2012 Wisconsin People & Ideas poetry award and has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. CX is the editor of Hummingbird: Magazine of the Short Poem.

  • Marilyn Taylor teaches “How to Write Brilliant Poems in Forms.” Marilyn is a former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin and of the city of Milwaukee. She is the author of eight collections of poetry, most recently Step on a Crack (Kelsay Books, 2016). Her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies and journals. Her widely-read “Poet to Poet” column on craft appeared bi-monthly for five years in The Writer magazine.

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.

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), 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

WORKSHOP: Poetry is Not Dead: Poetry Workshop with John McCracken
NEW DATES: Three Saturdays, May 26-June 9, 10am-12pm
Members: $69; Non-members: $90
Students in this course will be engaging with contemporary poetry and re-imagining what it means to be a poet. We will be discussing recent work from poets such as Danez Smith, Hanif Willis Abdurraqib, Chen Chen, Eve Ewing, Kaveh Akbar, and more. Students will be guided in explorations of poetry published since 2016. Students will also be focusing on creating new work and finding their place in the living poetry landscape. Exercises will be focuses on traditional poetry form, non-traditional form, and how archaic forms can be re-vitalized in the contemporary world. The first class will focus on introductions and structure, the second class will discuss and focus on readings assigned, and the final class will review work that has been produced and focus on the critique and sharing of the work.

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.