Since our reopening, some community writing and reading groups are continuing to meet online while others are meeting in person. For more information or to join a group, please contact our Education Director Alexa Nutile.

Dhamma MKE

DHAMMA MKE is a weekly group led by Milwaukee musician and composer Anthony Deutsch. Members participate in breath-based meditation and discuss texts that offer spiritual sustenance, encouragement, and insight. Follow @dhammamke.

After several months on pause, Dhamma MKE's weekly meetings have now resumed in-person. Join in meditation on Wednesdays at 6 pm at Woodland Pattern. 



Led by poet and Woodland Pattern co-founder Karl Gartung, Readshops are community sessions dedicated to exploring texts from the 20th century that have often been labeled "difficult." Participants take turns reading the poetry aloud, discussing it as questions arise—on the spot, as deeply as needed.

As of Saturday, September 18, the group will begin reading Ronald Johnson’s The Book of the Green Man. Ronald Johnson described The Book of the Green Man as his “attempt, as a brash American, to make new the traditional British long seasonal poem.” The first edition of the poem, published in 1967, describes how The Book of the Green Man “encompasses a year, October to October: on foot for a month in the Lake Country; a walk in Spring from the mouth of the Wye, up its winding valley, to its source on Wales high on the flanks of Plynlimmon; and various excursions to gardens, follies and grottoes, to Gilbert White’s Selborne, and the carved foliage and green men of the Chapter House at Southwell Minster.”

Readshop meets on alternating Sundays from 12:15–1:30. This group is currently meeting virtually. Contact for more information.


We Persist

WE PERSIST BOOK CLUB is a monthly discussion group for women and non-binary identifying folks to meet and talk about books of various genres/formats by women, NB, PoC, and LGBTQIA+ writers. 

*We Persist's monthly meetings are on pause.


Wednesday Writers

Wednesday Writers has been meeting at Woodland Pattern for over a decade. The group formed after a series of memoir and poetry workshops led by 2009 writers-in-residence Maureen Owen and Jack Collom. Participants meet weekly to share and discuss their writing, and every October host a reading celebration.

Wednesday Writers is continuing to meet virtually on Wednesdays at 1 pm. Contact for more information.


Welcome Home!

Welcome Home! is a veterans writing group that meets twice a month. The two-hour sessions are a time of conversation and writing poems, songs, short stories, and more. Led by Bob koshin Hanson, USN, reserves—a Vietnam-era vet, and a writer and poet. (Pictured: a scene from the Veterans Hour at the 2020 Poetry Marathon.)

*Welcome Home's monthly meetings are on pause.


We acknowledge that in Milwaukee we live and work on traditional Potawatomi, Ho-Chunk, and Menominee homelands along the southwest shores of Michigami, part of North America’s largest system of freshwater lakes, where the Milwaukee, Menominee, and Kinnickinnic rivers meet and the people of Wisconsin’s sovereign Anishinaabe, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Oneida, and Mohican nations remain present. 

We further acknowledge the grave evil colonialism introduced to these lands ​through genocide as well as slavery, and also via racist and xenophobic ​beliefs, laws​, and practices that continue to inflict harm upon Black, brown, and Indigenous lives. We honor those who have lived—and do live, now—at these intersections of identity and experience, and are committed to the active dismantling of white supremacy.

Read our statement on racial justice

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Closed Mon

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Building Accessibility: Despite the age of our physical location, and attendant limitations to access, Woodland Pattern is committed to making its programs and facilities available for as many as possible. Please call for more information.

Events Accessibility: Woodland Pattern is able to offer captioning services for its online events and with advanced notice can provide ASL interpretation for live events. Please contact us with accommodation requests and questions.

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