• 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 live in Wisconsin, these are some organizations you might want to check out.



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    Milwaukee Writers Workshop

    Milwaukee’s best option for critiques and writing education in both creative and professional writing.

    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.

    Woodland Pattern

    A nonprofit bookstore 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.

    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 Writers Association

    Hosts conferences, contests and meetings around the state.

    Lakefly Literary Conference

    A two-day conference offering featured writers, breakout sessions, contests and more. Held annually in Oshkosh.

    Summer Solstice Retreat

    Morning and afternoon workshops at a lakeside retreat, with an emphasis on yoga and freeing your creativity.

    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.

    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.

    Tuesdays With Story

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

    Writers’ Institute

    An annual writers’ conference under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies program.

    REUTS Publications

    An independent publisher of YA/NA fiction that offers “an unconventional yet advantageous and author-friendly approach to traditional publishing.”

    Franklin Public Library Writers’ Night

    A monthly meeting the first Thursday of every month for local published and aspiring writers to gather and share their works, get constructive criticism, and commiserate on the joys and sorrows of being a writer.

    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.

    Council for Wisconsin Writers

    A unique community of writers, poets, and educators dedicated to the recognition of outstanding work by Wisconsin writers, and to promoting public awareness of Wisconsin’s literary heritage. CWW’s activities offer literary professionals from around the state an opportunity to meet, mingle, and work together in pursuit of common goals.

    Red Oak Writing

    Offers critique groups, craft 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.


    Founded in 1984, the Wisconsin chapter of the Romance Writers of America holds monthly meetings with professional development workshops on the writing craft and publishing (traditional and indie) in five areas across the state: Chippewa Falls, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau.

    Great Lakes Writers Festival

    A free, annual event “providing seasoned and emerging writers the opportunity to talk with peers, to discuss their work, and to learn from the pros in workshops.”

    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, and literary journal.

    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.”

    Weekend with Your Novel

    An annual event in Madison for writers working on a novel or aspiring to be; includes discussion panels and critique group workshops.


    A five-day spring retreat overlooking Lake Mendota, offering discussions, instruction and workshops.

    Sheepshead Review

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

    Writers’ Police Academy

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


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