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Wisconsin Writing Clubs, Guilds, Groups

Are You Looking for a Writing Group?

Here are a few independent groups that meet across the state. Please contact groups for more information as these are not affiliated with Wisconsin Writers Association.

To list or update your group, please contact Thank you and good writing!

 Location Name Description  Contact 
 Statewide Horror Writers Association-WI Chapter  Meets quarterly at various locations with two in-person and two Zoom calls. New members must be enrolled in the Horror Writers Association, Margaret Sponholz, Chapter Secretary, margie.sponholz@gmail.comThe Wisconsin Chapter's Facebook page is Horror Writers Association - Wisconsin Chapter | Facebook
Statewide Red Oak Writing   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.    Kim Suhr:  
 Statewide Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Offering members poetic camaraderie, a quarterly Museletter, two annual conferences, poetry contests and awards, and other regional and statewide events.
Amery Northern Lakes Writers’ Guild  Meets at the Northern Lakes Center for Arts, 113 Elm St., Amery. We read material one meeting and critique at next meeting. Members frequently publish. LaMoine MacLaughlin:  
Balsam Lake Poco Penners  Meets in the library building in Balsam Lake

Carolyn Lumsden:  


Dave Muller:

Black River Falls Writing Warriors of Wisconsin  A group of creative, inspirational, amateur and experienced writers who want to grow as a writer. They meet once a month to share work and give each other feedback. It doesn't matter if it's short stories, poetry or even something that isn't finished yet. You can come with anything you write and leave feeling inspired by others in the room. Join them on the second Monday of every month at 5:30pm at the Chamber of Commerce in Black River Falls. 
Columbus Crawfish River Writers Guild  Meets monthly at Wyverns Trove Museum. The group has prompted free writes and writing exercises based on the month's focus topic. Members read their work and get supportive feedback. All genres welcome, including letter writing and focused journaling. Wyverns Trove Museum is at 254 W. Mill St. In Columbus.  
Door County Write On Door County  
Eau Claire Writers’ Group at the Library 

Meets at the L. E. Philips Memorial Library, Eau Claire

Please go here for more information on various groups in the area:

Sandra Lindow:  


Yvette Flaten: 715-834-2844 

Eau Claire Sawdust City Writers

The Sawdust City Writers, affiliated with the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, meets the third Wednesday of each month at the LE Phillips Memorial Public Library from 6-7:45 in the Carnegie Room. Everyone is welcome. We don't critique work. We have a little bit of social time and write for 1 to 1.5 hours.

 Diana Peterson:
Edgerton 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 Jim Salimes:
 Fond du Lac FAW / The Fond du Lac Area Writers club Meets monthly, on the fourth Tuesday of the month, at MPTC in FdL. The website is at John Silah, President,
 North Fond du Lac The Wordsmiths Writers club Meets monthly at the Spillman Library in North Fond du Lac. Jeffrey McAndrew, President, at
Grantsburg / Frederic Northwest Regional Writers  Alternates meeting locations Denis Simonsen:
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 Terry Misfeldt, (920) 366-6334
Hayward Yarnspinners  Meet at Coopers Restaurant, Hayward

Sally Bair: 


Mary Jacobsen, 725-349-2761

Hudson  Pen & Think Writers Group Meets the third Wednesday of every month in the Hudson Public Library from 6:30-8:00 pm.
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. 608-758-6600
Kenosha FCC Writer's Workshop

Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening 7pm at First Christian Church in Bristol, Wisconsin. General format is to go over any work submitted for critique, discuss current questions, issues, exciting news, and assign a prompt/reading/activity for the following session. 

Enter through door D, first room on the right.

Christy Hoff,
La Crosse La Crosse Area Writers Group  MeetUp Group Contact via MeetUp, Larry Bastian
La Crosse Mississippi Valley Writer's Guild    Jess Witkins
Madison Tuesdays with Story  Hybrid group meeting on Zoom and at Larry Sommer's house in Madison, first and third Tuesdays at 7 p.m. They are actively seeking new members.
Madison SAMI Madison  Meets virtually every other Saturday. The Group reviews a wide range of fiction and provides feedback on work. They typically look at two submissions per meeting, each no longer than 30 pages double spaced. Daniel Schiro:
Manitowoc The Lakeshore Writers 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. Tony Heine:
Manitowoc Women's Writing Roundtables

Writers discuss works in progress, share excerpts, set intentions, and receive support and expertise to move their writing goals forward.

Virtual: First Wednesdays, two sessions to choose from: 930-1130 a.m. or 2-4 p.m.

In Person: First Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. and Third Mondays 130-330 p.m. State of Grace, 807B North 8th Street, Manitowoc, Wis.   

Space is limited, Register online at

Tara Meissner Huck, 920-860-6957 or

Menomonie Chippewa Valley Writers Meets at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Menomonie Eva Mewes:
Menasha SMITHworks Writing Group Meets monthly at the Elisha D. Smith Public Library on the third Monday of each month at 6:30 PM. It is open to storytellers of all experience levels including authors, short story writers, video game writers, content creators, screenwriters, and more.
Merrill Real Writer's Group  Consists of a brief speaker (a published author) and a writer's workshop with different subjects each time---responsive to participants' interests. Meets at the T.B. Scott Library every second Saturday of the month, usually at 11 AM Christine Voipagel (715) 551-3189 
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. Monthly meetings, occasionally at a local library, but usually at members’ homes.
Milwaukee HerStry  Wisconsin-based online lit magazine and writing community Julia Nusbaum:
 Milwaukee/Virtual LakeSide Poets & Writers LakeSide Poets & Writers runs a variety of themed workshop series virtually and in-person around Wisconsin, mainly Milwaukee and Waukesha County.
Milwaukee 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. 

All meetings are held at 4650 N. Port Washington Rd Lexington East Building, #116 

Heddy Keith: 

Milwaukee Milwaukee Veggie Chips Writers  Meet at 6:30  p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Members write novels, screenplays, short stories and memoir and read passages of up to 10 pages, followed by oral discussion. Dave Thome:
Nekoosa Home Town Players/Writers Group
Diane Genz:
New Richmond Willow River Writers Group

Welcomes all different genres of writing including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and even blog post features. Some of our members are published authors, some pursue the craft of writing just for the joy of writing.

We meet the 1st and 3d Tuesdays of the month at 10 am (unless otherwise indicated) at the Heritage Center in New Richmond: 1100 Heritage Drive. We meet in the Bell-Tierney Farmstead House

 Julie Smith:
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.

Pinney Pinney Writing Group  Meets in the Pinney Branch Library Meeting Room on the second Thursday of the month 7:30-8:30 p.m. Joanne Johnson:
Shawano Shawano Area Writers  Meets the 3rd Thursday of every month in the Elsie Engel Reading Room of the Shawano Public Library. 

Terry Misfeldt, (920) 366-6334

Sheboygan Sheboygan County Writers Club  Meets twice per month, at Sheboygan’s Mead Public Library, Public Conference Room #2, second floor. Each meeting has its own focus between writing discussion and critiques.

Linda Shimon:

Solon Springs St. Croix Writers of Solon Springs 

Our Saviors Lutheran Church

11405 South First Street West

Debra Raye King

Thomas Wayne King

Two Rivers Cool City Writers Group  Lester Public Library on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6-8pm.
Two Rivers Friday Night Writes

Fiction writers of all levels and any genre welcome

One Friday each month at 6 pm beginning in March 2024

Paper Crane Bookstore

1610 Washington St., Two Rivers, WI

 Sara Biren:
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. Kathie

Wausau Writers of Wausau Club
Susan Engelbrecht:
Wausau Rubber-band Writers Meets every second Tuesday at 6 pm at Uncommon Pints. 27 Brown Blvd., Rothschild, WI
One creative writing exercise and two member critiques provided (on rotating basis) each month. 
Susan Reetz or PJ Fullerton
West Bend Moraine Writers Guild Critique Group  Meets every 2nd Thursday, 5 – 7 pm at the West Bend Library (630 Poplar Street)



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