What we're about

The La Crosse Area Writer's Group (LAWG) is a fun, quasi-sarcastic group of local writers that share their writing and humble critiques in order to better their work. All forms and genres of writing including prose, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction are welcome. If you would like the opportunity to read your writing aloud and receive honest feedback in a positive setting, then please come to one of our meetings!

Due to COVID-19 we currently meet online via Google Hangouts on the first and third Thursday at 6:30PM, and the second and fourth Saturday at 9AM. Because of the current format we are obligated to limit the number of attendees to 10 plus two organizers, so please RSVP early. Priority will be given to established members who attend regular meetings. We email our pieces out ahead of time, but read and comment during the meeting.

Meetings generally run 2.5 to 3 hours, though you can come and stay for as long as you are able. We do our best to give everyone the opportunity to read. Critique time afterwards is about 7-10 minutes. We make real-time comments on your work, either via Google Docs or on paper copies at in-person meetings. The members of this group, while being very honest, still manage to be respectful and helpful. Everyone brings something different to the table.

We look forward to seeing you!

Upcoming events (5)

Thursday Writer's Meeting (3rd Thursday of the month)

Online event

The La Crosse Area Writer's Group meets to connect, share and critique the work of area writers in a positive, supportive and honest environment. We hope you can join us for this meeting!

Friends, this is an unprecedented situation. We don't want to stop meeting so we had to get creative. LAWG is going online until it's safe to reconnect. We are still able to share our work and hear and see the reader. If you are tech challenged reach out to Tammy for a little help: I will provide my phone number and we'll do a one one one tutorial and I'll guide you through the process BEFORE meeting day.

The link on the event page is a placeholder. We will email a correct link to you the week of the meeting. You can upload your section into Google Docs and everyone can pull it up and make comments/edits in real time. Everyone can see the work and follow along as you read aloud on Zoom.

We are limiting meetings to 15 members while doing these online meetings. Regular attendees to in-person meetings get priority during these times of social distancing due to the loyalty and dedication to our group meetings over the years.

We're a fun, quasi-sarcastic lot, and each meeting is a little different. We're a critique group, and we love to offer feedback and chatter with you about what's working in your piece and what you might like suggestions on.

See you soon!

Saturday Writer's Meeting (4th Saturday of the month)

The La Crosse Area Writer's Group meets to connect, share and critique the work of area writers in a positive, supportive and honest environment. We hope you can join us for this meeting!

Please print up to 2,500 words that you'd like critqued and bring a copy for everyone. I will send a confirmation email out letting everyone know if we are meeting in person at the park or online using Zoom. For in-person meetings we are requiring masks and social distancing. If we meet on Zoom due to bad weather we will use Google Docs to share our writing.

We're a fun, quasi-sarcastic lot, and each meeting is a little different. We're a critique group, and we love to offer feedback and chatter with you about what's working in your piece and what you might like suggestions on.

See you soon!

Thursday Writer's Meeting (1st Thursday of the month)

The La Crosse Area Writer's Group meets to connect, share and critique the work of area writers in a positive, supportive and honest environment. We hope you can join us for this meeting!

Friends, this is an unprecedented situation. We don't want to stop meeting so we had to get creative. LAWG is going online until it's safe to reconnect. We are still able to share our work and hear and see the reader. If you are tech challenged reach out to Tammy for a little help: I will provide my phone number and we'll do a one one one tutorial and I'll guide you through the process BEFORE meeting day.

There is a placeholder link on the meeting site, but we will email a correct link to you the week of the meeting. You can upload your section into Google Docs and everyone can pull it up and make comments/edits in real time. Everyone can see the work and follow along as you read aloud on Zoom.

We are limiting meetings to 15 members while doing these online meetings. Regular attendees to in-person meetings get priority during these times of social distancing due to the loyalty and dedication to our group meetings over the years.

We're a fun, quasi-sarcastic lot, and each meeting is a little different. We're a critique group, and we love to offer feedback and chatter with you about what's working in your piece and what you might like suggestions on.

See you soon!

Tea and Tales Event

Great River Landing

We will have both hot and cold tea. I am personally donating the cost of supplies so there is no cost to our group or authors. We will be reading with a 6 minute limit from any work published or unpublished. Poems, short stories, or excerpts are welcome. We can have as many readers as we want. The only thing I ask is that the readers supply cards, bookmarks, or flyers detailing where listeners can buy the work or visit the author on social media/blog. 10-20 would be adequate. We will have LAWG information there too. I am supplying brown paper sacks for people to fill with info so don't be afraid to have swag or other promo items there for people to take. Since this is a public location you never know who might pop in and grab info. I am supplying for both our authors and guests hot and cold sweet and unsweetened tea and I have really cute disposable tea cups and saucers or boring white cups for people to drink out of. I will also supply individually wrapped store bought cookies. There will be someone with gloves designated to pour and serve. People can gather author info as they get tea and cookies. We have a month an a half to advertise this event.This event is outdoors, free, and masked. There will not be sales at the event, but if an author would like to sell a few copies out of his or her trunk that's fine, but we are not have individual tables. I am asking for cooperation with social distancing and masking.

Past events (600)

LAWG After Dark

Online event

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