• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Sep 28

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Sep 25

Dhamma MKE

exhibitions
August 1 - Sep 26

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

readings & workshops
September 5

Br!NK New Play Festival

film & video
September 6

aCinema presents Aurora Picture Show’s Extremely Shorts Touring Program

readings & workshops
September 7

Poetry Reading: Ana Božičević & Annie Grizzle

readings & workshops
September 7

Poems are a River: Writing Built and Natural Form - a workshop with Ana Božičević

performances
September 11

Thomas Gaudynski, Linda Binder, and Mark Mantel performing in response to The Point Being

exhibitions
September 14

AVIARY: Selected Paintings by Ken Wood - Book Release and Reception

performances
September 15

Alternating Currents Live presents Silvia Bolognesi and Russ Johnson

performances
September 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
September 20

Poetry Reading: John Sierpinski, Sylvia Cavanaugh, and Ed Werstein

Literary Arts Education for All Ages

Woodland Pattern promotes the lifetime practice of reading and writing through public readings, performances, concerts, art exhibitions, workshops, reading and writing groups for adults, summer poetry camps for youth in grades 6–12, and after-school and summer creative writing and multi-arts classes for youth in grades 2–12. Everything we do engages life in the literary arts and involves interaction between artists and writers from all backgrounds, from beginners to well-known practitioners.

Woodland Pattern serves as the only literary resource center within walking distance of its neighbors, and we encourage visitors to freely browse and read from our four-decades-old, one-of-a-kind collection of small-press poetry and prose. We also maintain the largest Native American literature section in Wisconsin.

We do not believe that education is restricted to formal classroom situations; learning occurs through reading, hearing, talking, and doing. A visit to Woodland Pattern encourages each of these paths. 

Adult Education

Woodland Pattern's adult education offerings are numerous and varied, serving thousands of people annually.

We offer 1–3 day master classes from nationally renowned visiting authors and workshops with local writers and teachers ranging in length from a single day to six weeks. Current, upcoming, and past class offerings can be found under Readings & Workshops. Fall 2019 offerings will be listed soon.

Those interested in ongoing reading and writing workshops can partake in the Wednesday Writers Workshop (more than a decade strong!), the We Persist reading group for women-identified and nonbinary folks, and Readshops with Karl Gartung featuring foundational works from the 20th century. We also host other long-standing reading groups that are currently closed to new members, and two new writing groups are in the planning stages. As with upcoming readings and workshops, we encourage you to check back soon for Fall 2019 offerings. 

If you are interested in teaching a course or hosting a reading or writing group in our space, please contact our Education Director Alexa Nutile at alexan at woodland pattern dot org, or give us a call at 414-263-5001. 

Woodland Pattern also curates annually dozens of educational events featuring visiting writers, translators, artists, and musicians from all around the country (and sometimes from international locations), allowing for contemporary multi-arts education opportunities that are unparalleled at any institution in the city. Events include not only performances but also Q&As and other social forums for interacting with visitors. Please see the Readings & Workshops section for upcoming events in our many series, including the poetry series Native Writers in the 21st Century, Unwriting Borders: Latinx Writers in the U.S., and Through Lines: The Contemporary Lyric; the music series Alternating Currents Live: New and Improvised Music; and the visual and multi-arts series What Can I Do?: Spirituality, Civic Engagement, & Artistic Practice

For information about past performances, exhibitions, film and video screenings, readings and lectures, workshops, and special events, visit our Archives

As always, we are excited to host community readings, events, and book-release celebrations both for individuals and groups from Milwaukee and the surrounding region. We also welcome those who are on tours or otherwise looking to visit our city. Please allow a minimum three-month lead time for scheduling events, and be in touch even earlier to ensure promotion in our print materials. Our calendar fills quickly, but we will do our best to accommodate you. Contact Programming Director Michael Wendt at michaelw at woodlandpattern dot org or give us a call at 414-263-5001 for more details. 

Youth Literary Arts Program

Please visit our Youth Literary Arts Program page for more information about our extensive year-round curricula for students in grades 2–12.

As in years prior, we plan to bring in visiting artists and writers specifically to visit with youth. More information about our 2019–20 schedule will be available in the coming weeks.