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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 writers stay in Shake Rag's inspiring lodging facilities surrounded by the nurturing environment of historic Mineral Point’s artist community. Visiting writers participate in workshops, readings and community outreach activities.

Events in conjunction with the writing residencies will be announced during the fall and winter as they are scheduled.

2017-2018 Partnership Residencies

Enjoy Wednesday evenings at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts as Wisconsin's award winning authors share their work and creative inspiration. All presentations will be held in the Lind Pavilion, 411 Commerce Street, Mineral Point, WI. Events start at 7:00 pm. Admission is free.

January 10: Nicholas Gulig
2017 Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Poetry Contest Winner

January 17: David Southward
2016 Council for Wisconsin Writers Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award

January 24: Bob Wake
2017 Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters Fiction Contest Winner

February 21: Paula Dáil
2016 Council for Wisconsin Writers Norbert Blei/August Derleth Nonfiction Book Award

February 28: Catherine Jagoe
2016 Council for Wisconsin Writers Edna Meudt Poetry Book Award


March 7: Karla Huston
2017-2018 Wisconsin Poet Laureate

March 14: Liz Wyckoff
2016 Council for Wisconsin Writers Zona Gale Short Fiction Award

March 28: Patricia Skalka
2016 Council for Wisconsin Writers Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award

April 11: Carolyn Kott Washburne
2016 Council for Wisconsin Writers Kay W. Levin Short Nonfiction Award 


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 wiswriters.org.

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 wisconsinacademy.org/magazine.

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 wisconsinacademy.org.