• Wisconsin Resources for Writers

    Here you’ll find a collection of resources for writers in Wisconsin, from conferences to local critique groups to literary magazines. If you’re looking for writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or simply a place to hang out with writers or submit your work, these are some Wisconsin writing organizations you might want to check out:



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    Abraxas Press

    Publishes contemporary poetry, with a special emphasis on the lyric mode, as well as poetry in translation, essays, criticism and reviews of small press poetry books.


    Arts + Literary Laboratory

    Classes, write-ins, reading series, and the annual Wisconsin Writers Awards, only blocks away from the State Capitol building.


    Chippewa Valley Writers Guild

    Offers craft talks, readings, and workshops in and around Eau Claire, as well as two annual retreats, the Priory and the Weekend Writers’ Retreat at the Oxbow. Non-conference events are free, but membership has its benefits.


    Cornerstone Press

    An indie press publishing fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, supported in part by UW-Stevens Point and staffed by its English Dept. undergrads.


    Cream City Review

    A nonprofit literary magazine published semi-annually in association with the English Department of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Poetry, fiction and more.


    Great Lakes Writers Festival

    A free, annual event offering writers the opportunity to talk with peers, discuss their work, and to learn from the pros in writing workshops.



    A literary magazine in Milwaukee dedicated to empowering women writers. Also offers critique groups, conferences, retreats, writing workshops, and more.


    Midwest Review

    An annual lit mag publishing creative nonfiction, poetry, fiction, visual art and scripts. They’re currently on the lookout for work that “examines, interprets, and redefines the full spectrum of life, past and present, in the Midwest.”


    Oshkosh Area Writers Club

    Meets twice/month to share in the common interest of creative writing; inspire and motivate members to write; and provide a supportive forum for constructive feedback.


    Red Oak Writing

    Offers critique groups, craft writing workshops, author readings, and creative writing camps for young people in a supportive community of writers who have the same goal: to improve their writing and help others to do the same.


    Sheepshead Review

    UWGB’s journal of literature and arts; accepts fiction, poetry, nonfiction and visual art. Publishes two issues a year.


    Tuesdays With Story

    A writing group in Madison, including novelists, mystery writers, poets, children’s writers and more, of all age groups and experience levels.


    Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters

    Founded in 1870, the academy offers writing classes in multiple genres, as well as annual awards for fiction writers and poets across the state.


    Wisconsin Book Festival

    A free five-day program of public events that takes place every fall in downtown Madison. It is the state’s largest literary festival, drawing thousands of attendees annually.


    Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets

    An organization of people who are interested in poetry, who write poetry, and/or who are willing to work to make Wisconsin poetry-conscious and conscious of its own poets.


    Wisconsin Writers Association

    Founded in 1948, this nonprofit encourages, educates, supports, and promotes writers through its programs and services, including a writing conference, writing contest, writing workshops, and a literary journal.


    Woodland Pattern

    A nonprofit bookstore in Milwaukee with over 25,000 small-press titles. The space also holds an art gallery which offers exhibitions, artist talks, readings, experimental films, concerts and writing workshops for adults and children.


    Writers’ Police Academy

    An annual four-day conference in Green Bay geared toward helping crime and mystery authors write more authentically. It offers writing workshops and demonstrations from volunteer police, firefighters, EMS techs, forensic specialists, and more.


    Help us add to this list, Wisconsinites! Do you know of writing groups near you, writing workshops near you, creative writing classes near you, or a lit journal we should be aware of? Let us know here