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Writing Residency Partnerships

Since 2011 Shake Rag Alley has partnered with the Council for Wisconsin Writers (CWW), Wisconsin People & Ideas, and the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission through the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters to offer week-long residencies to their annual writing contest winners. 

In the tradition established by Edenfred, the Terry Family Foundation’s artist residence in Madison, contest-winning writers and poets are provided with a week of uninterrupted time to focus on a project of their choice.

Between the months of November through April artists stay in Shake Rag's inspiring lodging facilities in the nurturing environment of historic Mineral Point’s artist community while participating in workshops, readings and community outreach activities.

Events in conjunction with the writer’s residencies will be announced throughout the fall and winter as scheduled.

2016-2017 Partnership Residencies

Enjoy Wednesday evenings with Wisconsin’s award-winning authors sharing their work and creative inspiration. 7:00pm at Shake Rag Alley’s Lind Pavilion, Mineral Point WI
Free Admission

Karen Loeb
2016 Poetry Contest Winner
Reading: Weds, January 18th, 2017

John Gurda
2015 Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award
Reading: Weds, March 8th, 2017

Ronnie Hess
2015 Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award
Reading: Weds, March 15th, 2017

Allison Slavick
2016 Fiction Contest Winner
Reading: Weds, March 29th, 2017

See previous years Residency winners.
For more information about the Winter Writers Series, see the following blog posts:
Winter Writers Series Brings Award Winning Writers to Mineral Point
Shake Rag Alley Writing Residency Partnerships

About The Council for Wisconsin Writers

The Council for Wisconsin Writers (CWW) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, membership organization dedicated to promoting local, state, and national awareness of Wisconsin's great literary heritage and to encouraging excellence among today's Wisconsin writers.   Founded in 1964, the CWW is operated entirely by volunteer writers, editors, publishers, book sellers, and other supporters who serve on its board of directors. More information can be found at

About Wisconsin People & Ideas

Wisconsin People & Ideas is the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. The leading magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, Wisconsin People & Ideas features articles by and about scientists, scholars, artists, writers, policymakers and others who serve as thought leaders in our state.   The magazine also publishes works from contemporary and classic Wisconsin artists, writers, and poets. Distributed free of charge to Wisconsin Academy members, Wisconsin People & Ideas can be found in bookstores and libraries across the state and is available online at

About Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters

The nonprofit Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters connects people and ideas from all areas of knowledge and all walks of life to celebrate thought, culture and nature    in our state and help solve our common problems. More information can be found at