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The Wisconsin Writers Association is proud to be connecting writers across Wisconsin for the last 70 years! The WWA is the road map that connects Wisconsin's writers, wordsmiths, schools, universities, book clubs, book stores, conferences, workshops, writers groups, writing & literary events and other organizations to all of the amazing resources across our beautiful state!

Our meetup group will be the landing page for state-wide events & happenings. More info can be found on our website here:

https://wiwrite.org

There are more exciting developments to the WWA in the works, so stay tuned! Message us on here if you'd like you or your event or organization to get involved, or email Adrienne at:

ahs.wisconsinwritersassociation@gmail.com

Upcoming events (5+)

THE POETRY OF RIPE (Folklore Village Event)

Folklore Village

Date: July 27, 2019 9 am – 4 pm Skill Level: This workshop is for all writers – those who have never written to those who write regularly and seek new ideas. Class Fee: $80.00 DETAILS: So much poetry has been written about blackberries and apples and all the ripeness of summer. Let’s delve into the juiciness of a ripening July day in the Upper Midwest by creating our own poetry. Writer and naturalist, Catherine Young, will lead exercises and prompts for you to generate and craft poems. We will look for what each poem longs to be while considering consistent narrative and evocative language. Each participant will leave the workshop with poems and ideas for more writing. Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class): none Students need to bring: Please bring along writing tools: pen and notebook, tablet, or anything that works for you except for “Sharpies,” permanent, and dry erase markers. Please also refrain from wearing fragrance. The instructor is disabled with MCS and needs to eliminate exposures. As needed, bring sunscreen, hat, and comfortable clothes for a July day. Catherine Young is a writer and performing artist whose work is infused with a keen sense of place. Her writing has been published in the anthologies The Driftless Reader, Imagination and Place: Cartography, and Permanent Vacation II: Eighteen Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks. Her work appears internationally in Reliquiae and The Island Review and in Minding Nature, Fourth River, About Place, Hippocampus, Midwest Review, Kestrel, and Edible Madison, among others. Catherine’s poetry has been published as broadsides for Fermentation Fest Farm Art / Dtour Passwords and Madison Metro Buslines, and her recent poetry is found in Passager, Ascent, Camas, and Flyway. Her children’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appeared in Cricket. A nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays, Catherine is the recipient of a Terry Foundation Edenfred Fellowship. She worked as a national park ranger, farmer, educator, and mother before completing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. Her writings and podcasts are available at http://catherineyoungwriter.weebly.com/ Register for this class https://folklorevillage.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Folk-School-2019-Reg.-Form-fillable.pdf Registration includes your lunch, and one free admission to Saturday night’s Healthy Hoedown. More info on Folklore Village here: https://folklorevillage.org/ NOTE: This event is not affiliated with the Wisconsin Writers Association, we are just sharing the info!

Writing the Woods & Waters - 4 Week Course w/Catherine Young

Common Ground - Middleton

Each of us has a connection with water and trees beginning with the arteries in our hands. Many of us have a treasured place beside a lake, waterfall, or stream and a tree we remember or hold beloved from childhood. We will use this workshop to explore rivers and trees and our deep connections to them. Using writing prompts, exercises, we will discover the stories of waters and woods in each of us to generate and craft prose and poetry. Open to all levels of writers 4 weeks, Mon, Sept 23-Oct 14, 6:30-8pm Upper Level of Common Ground Middleton 2644 Branch St. Middleton, WI 53562 Register through University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies Fall 2019 catalog --------------------------------------------------------------------- Questions? Contact [masked] Website: http://catherineyoungwriter.weebly.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------------- Instructor Catherine Young (MFA University of British Columbia, BS Geography & IES UW-Madison) is a nominee for the Pushscart Prize and Best American Essays. She has worked a national park ranger, educator, and farmer. Her writing is published internationally and nationally in literary journals, and is featured in The Driftless Reader. Catherine shares her delight in finding the heart of a story. Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Her writings and podcasts are available at : http://catherineyoungwriter.weebly.com/

Writing the Woods & Waters - 4 Week Course w/Catherine Young

Common Ground - Middleton

Each of us has a connection with water and trees beginning with the arteries in our hands. Many of us have a treasured place beside a lake, waterfall, or stream and a tree we remember or hold beloved from childhood. We will use this workshop to explore rivers and trees and our deep connections to them. Using writing prompts, exercises, we will discover the stories of waters and woods in each of us to generate and craft prose and poetry. Open to all levels of writers 4 weeks, Mon, Sept 23-Oct 14, 6:30-8pm Upper Level of Common Ground Middleton 2644 Branch St. Middleton, WI 53562 Register through University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies Fall 2019 catalog --------------------------------------------------------------------- Questions? Contact [masked] Website: http://catherineyoungwriter.weebly.com/ --------------------------------------------------------------------- Instructor Catherine Young (MFA University of British Columbia, BS Geography & IES UW-Madison) is a nominee for the Pushscart Prize and Best American Essays. She has worked a national park ranger, educator, and farmer. Her writing is published internationally and nationally in literary journals, and is featured in The Driftless Reader. Catherine shares her delight in finding the heart of a story. Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Her writings and podcasts are available at : http://catherineyoungwriter.weebly.com/

WRITING THE DRIFTLESS FOODSCAPE / FARMSCAPE (Folklore Village event)

Come join our 3-day writing community to celebrate abundance in our Wisconsin landscape! We'll craft poetry and prose inspired through our own roots in story and land. DETAILS: Date: October 3 – 5, 2019 9 am – 4 pm daily Skill Level: This workshop is for all writers – those who have never written to those who write regularly and seek new ideas. Class Fee: $240.00 So much has been written about the rugged land of southwest Wisconsin’s Driftless Area by people who raise food in its rich soil or share in its beauty and bounty. Farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture farms are plentiful in our region, and the quarterly journal Edible Madison celebrates the abundance of local, seasonal foods and producers. Do you have a story about living on or farming this land? Do you have a story about the food you love to raise or have purchased at a farmers market? Are you interested in writing about food or farm life as memoir or poetry or children’s literature? Come join our 3-day writing community to write and learn together. Writer and naturalist, Catherine Young, will lead exercises and prompts for you to generate and craft prose and poetry. We will look for what each narrative wishes to be. Each participant will leave the workshop with new writings and ideas. If desired, we’ll discuss places to share and publish our work. Materials fee: (To be collected directly from students by instructor in class): $3 reading packet fee Students need to bring: Please bring along writing tools: pen and notebook, tablet, or anything that works for you except for “Sharpies,” permanent, and dry erase markers. Please also refrain from wearing fragrance. The instructor is disabled with MCS and needs to eliminate exposures. Also as needed, bring sunscreen, hat, and comfortable clothes, for we hope to spend a little bit of time outdoors each day in this beautiful location. Catherine Young is a writer and performing artist whose work is infused with a keen sense of place. Her writing has been published in the anthologies The Driftless Reader, Imagination and Place: Cartography, and Permanent Vacation II: Eighteen Writers on Work and Life in Our National Parks. Her work appears internationally in Reliquiae and The Island Review and in Minding Nature, Fourth River, About Place, Hippocampus, Midwest Review, Kestrel, and Edible Madison, among others. Catherine’s poetry has been published as broadsides for Fermentation Fest Farm Art / Dtour Passwords and Madison Metro Buslines, and her recent poetry is found in Passager, Ascent, Camas, and Flyway. Her children’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry appeared in Cricket. A nominee for the Pushcart Prize and Best American Essays, Catherine is the recipient of a Terry Foundation Edenfred Fellowship. She worked as a national park ranger, farmer, educator, and mother before completing her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia. Rooted in farm life, Catherine lives with her family in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. Her writings and podcasts are available at http://catherineyoungwriter.weebly.com/ Register for this class here: https://folklorevillage.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Folk-School-2019-Reg.-Form-fillable.pdf Your registration includes lunches, and one free admission to Saturday night’s Cajun Dance. (Bruce Molsky concert not included) https://folklorevillage.org/folk-school/ NOTE: This event is not hosted by the Madison West Writers Group, we are just sharing the info!

Past events (26)

Time to Write - Workshop

CATHE Center, Center for Arts, Technology, Health & Education

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