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Writing @ Madison Public Library

Ongoing Events

Bubbler Cabin Fever Writing Club

Madison Writing Assistance: General and Job-Related Writing Help

Wisconsin Book Festival

Memoirs Salon

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

  • First Monday of the month, 6:00 pm, Goodman South Madison Library

Bubbler Write-In

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.

  • Every second Thursday from 6:00-9:00pm, Central Library

Fifth Fridays Poetry

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

  • Fifth Friday of the month, 6:30 pm, Alicia Ashman Library
Cabin Fever Writing Club Get Lost

Summer 2018 Workshops and Programs

Have an idea for a writing workshop you’d like to see at the library? Email to tell us about it. If you have an idea for a program you’d like to present, please fill out our Programming Application.

Cabin Fever Writing Club Wild Heart

Online Resources

Business and Educational Writing

  • Business Plans Handbook Database containing actual business plans compiled by entrepreneurs seeking funding for small businesses throughout North America.
  • LearningExpress Library A comprehensive online database of practice tests and tutorial course series designed to help students and adult learners succeed. Includes tutorials on writing and grammar.
  • Writer’s Handbook Guidelines for academic and professional writing from the Writing Center at UW-Madison.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab Writing resources and instructional material from the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University.

Creative Writing

  • National Novel Writing Month National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) believes in the transformational power of creativity. We provide the structure, community, and encouragement to help people find their voices, achieve creative goals, and build new worlds—on and off the page.
  • Poets & Writers Resources for writers, including selected content from Poets & Writers Magazine.
  • Purdue Online Writing Lab: Creative WritingResources that will help you with the basics of creative writing, including resources on writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
  • Writer’s Digest Online home of the popular magazine dedicated to helping writers with the craft and the business of writing.

Professional Associations

There are many professional associations for writers of any genre or style. Check out a few below, or find more lists hereherehere, and here.

Grant Writing