About the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild

Writers have long thrived here in the Chippewa Valley. From our poetry slams, community publications, collegiate writing programs, open mic nights, and our many prolific authors, it’s no secret that there’s something special about this place that we call home.

And yet. Despite our robust writing community, there’s never been a central organization committed to mentoring writers and writing groups, coordinating events, and providing sustained outreach activities for writers of all levels, backgrounds and genres. In order to foster the writers in our community, we knew there needed to be such an organization.

Thus, in February of 2016, the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild was born! With support from the Eau Claire Regional Arts Council and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation, the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild began actively bringing our writing community together. Our mission is to educate, collaborate, and celebrate local writers, thereby serving as a support for our region and beyond.

As writers, we know just how hard it can be to finish a novel, a poem, even a line. By offering an array of high-impact programming, writers group consultations, and summer residency opportunities, we strive to encourage writers to grow their talents and share their talents with the community.


What We Do

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is dedicated to enhancing our region’s writing communities through a wide array of programs. In summary, the Guild:

  • Facilitates new and existing writing groups in the region

  • Hosts writers residencies that provide high-impact opportunities for participants to work closely with expert writers, network with agents and presses, and enhance the writing community by way of workshops, lectures and open readings..

  • Organizes a craft talks series featuring presentations from accomplished writers on a range of writing-related topics

  • Offers publishing opportunities in our newsletter for local fans of literature and writing

  • Oversees community open reads

  • Brings the community together to support one another in our journey to become better writers!


What You Can Do

The Chippewa Valley Writers Guild is only as strong as the writing community we support.  As such, we encourage you to get involved! How, you ask? Perhaps by penning an article for our monthly newsletter, or attending one of our monthly craft talks. You might also consider participating in an open read, forming a writers group, or applying to our residencies. Finally, if your purse strings allow, we would greatly appreciate a donation to the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, which will help us sustain our many programs and ensure the vibrancy of the Guild for years to come. If you want to learn more about getting involved, contact us!


Mission Statement

To educate, collaborate, and celebrate writers by providing high-impact opportunities for citizens of the Chippewa Valley.  

Vision Statement

To be inspired and inspire others; a vision which we will carry out by way of craft talks, open reads, writers groups, and additional opportunities that foster the intellectual and artistic growth of the citizens of the Chippewa Valley.

inclusivity STATEMENT

Our organization does not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, color, age, familial status, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, lawful sources of income, national origin, or any other discriminatory practice prohibited by state or federal law.  If you want to be here, we want you here.