Writing at the Library

Writing at the Library

Are you an aspiring author in the middle of National Novel Writers Month (NaNoWriMo)? A student looking for help with an assignment? A poet wanting to share their work with others? Or just someone looking for a quiet space to jot down thoughts? Whatever the case may be, we've got you covered!

Take a look at these ongoing programs and special events for writers of all types:

Bubbler Write-In
Every second Thursday of the month | 6:00-9:00pm | Central Library

Enjoy a little silent sustained writing! Use this time for free play or make progress on your current project. We also encourage writers to use this opportunity to form and meet with smaller workshop groups.  


Memoirs Salon
Every first Monday of the month | 6:00pm | Goodman South Madison Library

Share and critique writing in the first person with like-minded people.


Cabin Fever Writing Club
(see below for session schedule)

Open to writers of all levels, this winter the Bubbler will be hosting three consecutive all-genre workshops. These classes will be led by some of Madison’s brightest minds and will keep your creative flame alive throughout our darkest months! Registration is recommended.

All classes are Thursday evenings from 6:30-8:00p in the Bubbler room at Central: 

Session 1: Oct 26, Nov 16, Nov 30 (2017) with Aaron Teel
Session 2: Jan 18, Jan 25, Feb 1 (2018) with Andy Gricevich
Session 3: Feb 15, Feb 22, Mar 1 (2018) with Cynthia Marie Hoffman

Please note that by registering, you are signed up for all sessions of Cabin Fever. You are free to attend any and all classes as you wish. If you have any questions, please contact volunteer coordinator Aaron Fai at aaronfai@gmail.com.


Chapters Teen Writing Club
Weekly on Thursdays (except holidays) | 6:00-8:00pm | Pinney Library

Meets most Thursday evenings! Middle and high school students can meet other aspiring authors, bounce ideas off one another, share your stories, and feel the creativity flow!

Writing club will be led by local author Carole Madrzak and aspiring teen author Corey Pope.


Fifth Fridays Poetry
Fifth Friday of the month | 6:30pm | Alicia Ashman Library

Join us on 5th Fridays for a night of poetry, featuring a Madison poet and an open-mic reading. 


Poetry at Lakeview Library
December 15 | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Lakeview Library

Come share your own poems and listen to poems written by other group members. The program is led by Jolieth. For more information contact Jane at 281-639-8041.


Madison Writing Assistance
(see below for various dates, times, and locations)

Free one-on-one coaching sessions for writing projects of any kind, including resumes and cover letters, school assignments, personal letters, applications, forms, newsletters, articles, memoirs, poems or any other kind of writing.

Basic computer help, such as setting up email accounts, searching for jobs online, or filling out online job applications, is also available.

Fall 2017 Session: 
September 18-December 15 (no assistance the week of November 20-25)

Mondays, 4:00-7:00 pm, Lakeview Library
Call 246-4547 to set up your one hour appointment. Drop-ins also welcome.

Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30 pm, Goodman South Madison Library
Call 266-6395 the day of assistance only to make a 45-minute appointment.

Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00 pm, Pinney Library 
Call 224-7100 to set up your one hour appointment.

Thursdays, 4:00-7:00 pm, Hawthorne Library 
Call 246-4548 to set up your one hour appointment.

Fridays, 3:00-6:00 pm, Sequoya Library 
Call 266-6385 to make a 45-minute appointment.

Saturdays, 1:30-4:30, Goodman South Madison Library 
Call 266-6395 the day of assistance only to make a 45-minute appointment.

Madison Writing Assistance is a free service provided by the UW-Madison Writing Center and is made possible through the generous support of The Evjue Foundation, the UW Anonymous Fund, Altrusa International of Madison, and the UW-Madison Writing Center. 


Writing @ Madison Public Library

We also have a collection of recommended resources, community organizations, associations, publishing information, and more. Learn more!

You can also check the calendar for a complete list of upcoming events.