Registration now open for The 2017 Gathering of Writers!

2017 Gathering of Writers

Writing Well-Done: How Do You Know Your Work is Reader Ready?

Fiction writer Bryan Leung, will address this topic in his keynote lecture for this year’s Gathering of Writers, “Raw, Rare, Medium, or Well-done: When can You Stick a Fork in It? (vegetarian version)”.

Leung offers a 100% guarantee that the moment his lecture is over, “…you will know with absolute certainty when any piece of writing you are working on is done, complete, fin.”

Though, he says, Restrictions may apply: Side effects may include nausea, writer’s block, inner peace, turf toe, prolific output, self-doubt, self-confidence, mixed metaphors, and/or a lifetime of satisfying manuscripts. You will learn ways to know when your story, poem, essay, or play is finished—and much, much more.

Join us at the Indiana Landmarks Center when Indiana's best established and emerging writers will meet for a full day of classes on the writing craft.  Sessions in poetry, fiction, playwriting and creative nonfiction will be presented by nine accomplished Indiana writers, including Andrew Black, Mary Ann Cain, Mary Fell, Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Jean Harper, George Kalamaras, Adrian Matejka, Michael McColly and Greg Schwipps.  You’ll leave full of inspiration, armed with ideas to reach the moment when you know your work is well-done—along with a hundred other writers who feel the same way.  


Brian Leung, author of World Famous Love Acts, Lost Men, and Take Me Home, is a past recipient of the Lambda Literary Oustanding Mid-Career Prize. Other honors include the Asian-American Literary Award, Willa Award, and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. His short fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, online venues, and anthologies. “Shuhua’s Suite” originally appeared in Blythe House Quarterly. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. He lives with his husband in Lafayette, Indiana, where he is the Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University.  http://www.readbrianleung.net/



Make your Gathering experience complete and take the Master Class with Brian Leung!    
Master Class: Revising Revision


$75 Members / $135 Nonmembers

After Febuary 25, 2017
$85 Members / $150 Nonmembers

*A limited number of scholarships are available for full-time students. They may be requested with a teacher recommendation. Email rachel@indianawriters.org 

Lunch will be provided for all attendees who pre-register.

 
Go here to register for the Gathering

Click here to download a registration form


Gathering of Writers Refund Policy

Gathering Faculty Bios Coming Soon!
Schedule and Session Topics Coming Soon!

 

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors:


 

 

 

 

 

Events Around Indiana

There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond.  Looking for something to do?  Here are just a few ideas:

The Writers Guild At Bloomington
http://writersguildbloomington.com/
Valentine’s Day Poetry Reading
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
6.30 – 8.00pm for wine tasting, and a chocolate-fest event in the Commons.
7.00 – 7.30 pm The poetry reading will be next-door in the chapel.
Featuring: Jenny Kander, Antonia Matthew and Friends-
Bell Trace
725 Bell Trace Cir, Bloomington, IN 47408
Tickets are $10.00 to benefit LIFE DESIGNS
Open to the public!



Notre Dame University Creative Writing Program
http://english.nd.edu/creative-writing/

American Invertida: Contemporary Uruguayan Poetry Festival
Wednesday, February 15   7:00-9:00PM

Luis Bravo, Javier Etchevarren, and Virginia Lucas will read.
Hammes Campus Bookstore
Free and open to the public.
Click below for all the details:
http://english.nd.edu/events/2017/02/15/luis-bravo-javier-etchevarren/


Brick Street Poetry South
Presents IUPUI's Terry Kirts
Thursday, February 16 @ 6:30 pm

Listen Hear
2620 Shelby St, Indianapolis
An open mic will follow. The reading is free.
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Terry Kirts is a senior lecturer teaching creative writing and literature in the English Department at IUPUI. Terry has published his poetry and creative nonfiction in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Gastronomica, Alimentum, and Home Again: Essays and Memoirs from Indiana. He's the author of the poetry collection To the Refrigerator Gods, published by Seven Kitchens Press in 2011. He has been the dining critic for WHERE, Indianapolis, Indianapolis Woman, and NUVO before writing for Indianapolis Monthly.
(This event was originally scheduled for last month, but had to be postponed.)

Sponsored by Brick Street Poetry, with help from Big Car Collaborative.



Indy Reads Books
www.indyreadsbooks.org/events/
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202

IRB Presents: Love Letters To Someone
Saturday, February 18, 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Indy Reads Books presents our FIRST EVER open mic night!

Valentine's Day is a weird time of year for us all, whether our sweetheart is a human, or our potted plants, or our cats. We want to hear about who and what you love, with letters and poetry. These can be serious odes to your bed, or playful jabs about your sweetie who doesn't fold their socks.

Sign-up begins at 5:30pm. At 6pm, the performers will begin to pour their heart out on the stage! We ask for a $5 donation from all performers - but is free to watch, so bring all of our friends and loved ones to let THEM know about the love of your life. Our store will still be a family environment while the open mic is happening, so please keep all content at PG-13.

We're only accepting 20 performers, so be sure to get here early!



Bookmamas
http://www.bookmamas.com/
9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Self-Published Authors Fair
Saturday, February 18 - 12:00 to 3:00pm

The lineup of authors has been set.  We thank all who applied for a spot this time and hope you will be able to come by and support your fellow writers.

Following is the list of participating authors and their works:
Jennifer Bartlett-Phelps - The Business of Confidence: How Baring It All Can Change You and The Act of Confidence: 30 Days to Self Love.
R.S. "Steve" Craig - The Innocent and the Dead and Children With White Knuckles
Doug Robbins - My Father, My Hero
Sarah McClure
- The Search
Matt Roberts - Thirty Two Minutes in March:  Four Teams Chase a Title in Today's Hoosier Hysteria
Dawn Carter - Affair: The Truth You Need But Don't Want To Know, Finding My Voice:  Poems of Darkness and Light , and It Was Good, Until It Wasn't: Thoughts of a Divorcing Woman




Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
https://www.butler.edu/vws

Emily St. John Mandel
Monday, February 20 @ 7:30 PM

Atherton Union Reilly Room

Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, and has been translated into 27 languages.

A previous novel, The Singer's Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions.




Novel Conversations with Award-winning Author, Adrian Matejka

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3-4 p.m.
Franklin Central High School Media Center (enter Main Door #2)

6215 S. Franklin Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46259
Free and open to the public
Refreshments provided

Notably, Mr. Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden which won the New York / New England Award, Mixology, a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His most recent collection of poems, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Novel Conversations Speakers Program is sponsored by Indiana Humanities with support from The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.


Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University

http://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/english/visitingwritersseries/spring-2017/

Faculty Reading, Wednesday
February 22  7:30 pm

Peeler Auditorium
Come hear the English Department faculty read from their latest works in this annual Kelly Writers Series event
 
Fiction panel with Bonnie Jo Campbell, Dana Spiotta and Elizabeth Eslami
Tuesday, March 7   4:00 pm

Watson Forum, PCCM

Visiting Kelly Writer Series guest Dana Spiotta; Bonnie Jo Campbell, Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor Of Creative Writing; and Elizabeth Eslami, Boswell Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing, will discuss trends and issues in contemporary American writing.


Purdue Literary Reading Series
https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/gradfields/creativewriting/series.html

Don Share Reading
February 27, 7:30 pm

Krannert Auditorium - Reading

Don Share is the editor of POETRY magazine. His books include Squandermania (Salt Publishing), Union (Eyewear Publishing), Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), and most recently a new book of poems, Wishbone (Black Sparrow), a critical edition of Basil Bunting's poems (Faber and Faber), and Bunting's Persia (Flood Editions). His translations of Miguel Hernández, collected in I Have Lots of Heart (Bloodaxe Books) were awarded the TLS Translation Prize, Premio Valle Inclán, and PEN/New England Discovery Award; they were recently published in a new and expanded edition in the NYRB Poets series. With Christian Wiman, he co-edited The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press).


 
Kellogg Writers Series/University of Indianapolis
http://www.uindy.edu/arts/kellogg-writers-series   

Monday, February 27    7:30 PM   
Whirling Prize: Amy Ash and Helen Klein Ross
Schwitzer Student Center - UIndy Hall C

Details: Whirling Prize winners Amy Ash and Helen Klein Ross will read from their winnings books.
For more information, contact: mckelveyk@uindy.edu



The Poets Laureate of Lawrence

Tuesday, February 28  from 7-9 pm
The Theater at the Fort on Indy's east side
8920 Otis Avenue, Lawrence, 46226
(Take 56th Street to Post Road. Go North on Post and West on Otis.)

Join us for our monthly featured poet/open mike series that happens every 4th Tuesday of the month.  This month we are featuring Anne Laker.  Come learn about poetry, meet local poets, and be an ambassador for the art of poetry on Indy's east side!
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Anne is a daily diarist and occasional poet. Her 10000 Whens, is a multimedia art project and exhibition featuring 30 years of tiny writings about each day’s events and emotions, made possible by a 2015-16 Creative Renewal Art Fellowship. Her poems have twice been included in the Poetry on the Buses project, and she is a two-time winner of the poetry category of the annual Masterpiece in a Day arts contest. Her current favorite poetry theme is food.  At this reading, Anne plans to surprise us something that involves audience participation -  maybe a haiku writing on a certain theme (diary writing, or food).


2017 McFadden Memorial Lecture with Junot Díaz
Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 PM

Central Library
40 East Street Clair St, Indianapolis, Indiana
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Enjoy a presentation by Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz to be moderated by Raphael Sanchez of WRTV-6. His book, "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," earned the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award. His "This Is How You Lose Her" was a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor of "Boston Review" and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. This 40th annual McFadden Memorial Lecture is presented by The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.
 

An Evening of Vonnegut in Indianapolis

Thursday, March 2  6:00-8:00 PM
WFYI Indianapolis
1630 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202

 

Recurring Events:

Noble Poets
Noble Tea and Coffee
933 Logan St., Noblesville

Noble Poets meet every third Tuesday of the month
Info: Sarah E. Morin at sarahemorin1836@gmail.com




Poetry Open Mic
Presented by Irving Theatre at The Irving Theater

Free open mic poetry every Thursday 7-9 pm on the deck of Irving Theatre.
 

Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

Have a short story, poem or other work you're just dying to share?  Check out these publication, workshop and contest opportunities:

National Endowment for the Arts Offers Creative Writing Fellowships

   
The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years.

You may apply only once each year.  For guidelines and more information, visit https://www.arts.gov/grants-individuals/creative-writing-fellowships

If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202/682-5034 or e-mail LitFellowships@arts.gov
DEADLINE : March 08, 2017



Big Car Holding Creative Writing Workshop

Creative Writing Workshop Series
Saturday, February 18th  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tube Factory Art Space
1125 Cruft Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203

This monthly creative writing workshop led by author Amy Sawyer welcomes all ages and writing levels. Snacks will be provided, coffee and tea will be available for donation.

Amy Sawyer is an published author who is an Indianapolis native. Fellowshipping with other creative minds and exploring the city for inspiration are among her favorite things to do. To RSVP, or if you have any further questions about the Creative Writing Workshop, please contact Amy Sawyer at areneewrites@gmail.com.

Register here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1173502369402882/



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Call for submissions
BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.
Go here for all the submission details:
http://www.branches.com/submissions/




The Geeky Press: Downtown Writer Jam Podcast
 Go here to listen.

New Submission Opportunities from the Geeky Press

First, we are starting a biannual literary journal titled HoosierLit. http://thegeekypress.com/hoosier/ We're accepting a variety of genres - nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays - for a spring issue, deadline February 28, 2017. That means there's plenty of time to get something written and submitted, but we are excited to see what rolls in!

We are also accepting submissions for an anthology titled Dear America: Reflections on Race http://thegeekypress.com/dear-america-reflections-on-race-a-call-for-submissions/. This collection takes the issue that most divides this country, and moves it to the quiet, intimate stories of people from across the country. This collection isn't meant to advocate a position. Instead, we want the personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story. I'm particularly excited about this anthology because it will be both a book and a digital experience - we are accepting photo and video essays as well as more traditional formats.

Finally, we have just started a new reading series titled Scripted http://thegeekypress.com/scripted/ - it is an opportunity for playwrights to showcase new work and to have it read by local actors. It's a monthly reading with a rolling deadline.



Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park

Frankfort, recently received a $3,000 grant through the Indiana Arts Commission’s Arts in the Parks and Historic Places program to offer a program for writers at all levels called Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park. The program offers two ways for writers to participate, as well as opportunities for the general public to get involved.

First, up to 30 writers at any level can participate in a one-day writing workshop called Writing in Place at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Canyon Inn inside the park. The workshop, led by Craig, will include sessions on establishing a setting, building characters, incorporating history, drawing on personal memories, and integrating research. Short instructional presentations about the history and natural resources of the park by Interpretive Naturalist Sam Arthur also will be integrated into the sessions, as well as writing exercises throughout the day.

The second way writers can participate in the program is to submit essays, poems, and short stories about or inspired by McCormick’s Creek State Park to a chapbook being compiled, edited, and published by Craig, who also is a freelance editor and writing coach. Writers don’t have to attend the Writing in Place workshop or be a resident of Indiana to participate, but they do have to have visited McCormick’s Creek State Park and must write about or from their experiences there. Submissions must be received by midnight, Sunday, April 30, 2017, and are limited to 1,000 words of prose or two poems (no more than 1,000 words combined) per participant.

The public can participate in the Writing in Place program by purchasing copies of the chapbook, which also will be titled Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park, at the park’s annual Arts in the Park Festival on Saturday, June 10, 2017. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park.
Get more details here:
http://writinginplace.charitysingletoncraig.com/. Those interested can also find more details at the program’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/writinginplace/.



We are excited for the debut of Booth Books, a natural extension of the Publishing Lab at Butler University. Our first project will be an anthology: 'Birth of the White House Cool: Reflections on the Obama Years.' We are actively seeking submissions of literature and art. More info here: http://www.boothbooks.org/




Applications for The Kerouac Project Open on January 1, 2017

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.
Go here to learn about the project and submit.




We may be in the throes of winter, but MWW is thinking spring! We’ve planned a one-day mini conference for March 18, at the Ball State Alumni Center, Muncie, IN. Whether you’re missing the summer conference and want a boost, or considering attending in July for the first time, the March mini has a taste of several aspects of our full-sized conference.

There is a choice of four intensives, an expert panel discussion, a book signing, and author/student fellowship. For all of the details and how to register, go here:
http://www.midwestwriters.org/2017/01/spring-event-march-18-2017/




The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. We are accepting submissions for our Spring 2017 publication through February 28.

We call ourselves an "alternative" magazine; that is to say: our purpose is to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. We want the controversial and the radical, the unhinged and the bizarre; we want the obsessive, the compulsive, the pervasive, the combative, and the seductive. We believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs, and for the "alternative", The Matador Review is a home. Submission information can be found at: www.matadorreview.com/submissions Any questions can be directed to editors(at)matadorreview.com Our Twitter handle is @matadorreview (twitter.com/matadorreview) Our Facebook page can be found here: www.facebook.com/The-Matador-Review-909831419093935



Seeking Indiana Authors for Book signing Event

I am hosting this event on May 20, 2017 at the Garrett Public Library, Garrett, Indiana 107 w. Houston st. Garrett, Indiana, 1PM – 3PM.  260-357-5485.

This event is free to any author from Indiana who wishes to participate.  Since I am hosting this event the Garrett Library will not be paying authors to participate.  You will keep all your money you make from selling your books.  The event will be advertised in the newspapers, on facebook, & twitter.  Please help spread the word and encourage all your author friends to come and join us.

Light refreshments will be offered.  Contact me Janie Ebinger chefjanie@hotmail.com 260 908 0827 or Andrea at the Garrett




Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature

In this innovative free, digital, interactive literary magazine, join us in hearing from celebrated children’s book writer and featured Ted speaker, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who writes about the importance of imagination in story telling, viewing featured book trailers from a variety of authors including Leslea Newman, Patricia Polacco’s, and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, checking out teacher resources and ideas, and reading rewritten and original stories such as Goodnight Hospital Room, a piece that parodies Brown and Hurd’s classic book and is meant to provide comfort to children who are in need of chronic care, Syd the Fellah about a prince looking for his partner, and The Shot Heard Around the Town: The Story About How One Boy Can Change the World, an original tale that advocates for nonviolence in our communities.

Download and learn more:
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id818562642?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogbabyapps.rethinkchildrensliterature&hl=en

Write for us: http://cms.bsu.edu/-/media/WWW/DepartmentalContent/English/pdfs/Submission%20Call%20Rethinking%20Magazine.pdf

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit

Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit ​ 

 

 

Make Some Noise


Unsure where to publish your literary works, unusual art, and social commentaries?
Go to http://noisemedium.com/.
Submit as many ideas as you like to contests@noisemedium.com. We’ll publish anything as long as it’s interesting—stories, images, essays, creative balance sheets, videos, or whatever else you can send us.  We care more about originality than anything else. Make it new. Make it great.

Every month, we award a $500 grand prize to our favorite submission and publish our next favorite 50 submissions. 

Questions? Contact us at contests@noisemedium.com. As we editors suffer from hyper-connectivity and crippling caffeine addictions, you’ll hear from us promptly.



Have some work ready? Send it out to Entrophy!

Where to Submit: February + March 2017

Hello writers! Here’s another round of submissions opportunities.
As you search for places to submit your writing, don’t forget the rest of Entropy’s cornucopia of offerings, which includes the Small Press Database, a compendium of small press interviews that has recently reached 115 presses. Do your research, keep writing, and good luck!





The Butler Bridge Program


Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

If you have any additional questions about the Butler Bridge Program or its programs, please email the Bridge Program Coordinator, Mindy Dunn, at mdunn1@butler.edu.

Click here for more information.

For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

 



The Freeman has a new poetry editor: Sarah Skwire

The following is a note from Sarah Skwire:
Writerly types!
I am now going to be handling poetry submissions for the good folks at the Freeman. That means you know the poetry editor! Send me good stuff--liberty related or not. I like formal verse and free verse. I like elegant and exciting use of language.
The things I want to read do what e.e.cummings said here:
"At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer. of burlesk, viz., 'Would you hit a woman with a child?-No, I'd hit her with a brick.' Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement." Accepted poems get $50, publication online, and possible inclusion in the print quarterly. If you're included in the print version, we'll send you a copy of the issue in which your poem appears. Submissions should go to: poetry@fee.org Full submission guidelines are available here. Ignore them at your peril: http://fee.org/freeman/poetry-guidelines/



speakyourstory.org


Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  



The current edition of WritingRaw.com is NOW online! Stop in and discover a new voice today… Help spread the word and share this with anyone who enjoys the written word. We are looking for submissions for the current issue – fiction of all styles, poetry, essays and other assorted writings, and book promotions. http://www.writingraw.com/



Free Magazine for Writers

Writers Wheel Magazine
Click here to read and download the current issue:

It’s published by Compass Books http://www.compass-books.net,  which offers a list of helpful titles on practical tips for writers, all written by writers from a company run by writers. The most recent title we have published is The Writer’s Group Handbook. All the titles are available internationally.

If you would like the next issue of the magazine emailed to you, join our mailing list: http://www.compass-books.net/list-signup.html

We’re also looking for new authors and have a range of imprints they could fit into at http://www.johnhuntpublishing.com.

 

 

Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
Check out the magazine here.

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest

An Evening with the Muse

Join us Sunday, February 12, 2017

7 p.m.


With Featured Poet


Mac Greene

FREE!
Followed by an intermission for book buying or exchange, for refreshments, and an Open-Mic reading by those who wish to read their own poetry or favorite poems by others.

Mac Greene has been writing seriously for about eight years. He hopes that he is on the verge of becoming an emerging writer, but mostly he feels tangled up in the cocoon of his own changes. He has been published in a variety of venues, mostly in Central Indiana and in haiku journals. By day he is a clinical psychologist specializing in teenagers and gender identity. He finds his deepest connection to the Spirit in all the little miracles that happen all around us all the time.

Mac reads to us tonight some of the poems from his first collection of work from “all around, nowhere to be seen, a chapbook on spiritual topics”. In his poems Mac Greene asks the questions all poets (all artists) will continue to ask. And which we, the audience, might find ironic answers to, and maybe a kind of beauty too, within the asymmetry of our responses.

 

In case of an Ice Storm, Blizzard or Extremely Hazardous Road Conditions, reading will be postponed until a later date.


Location:
The Indiana Writers Center
812 E. 67th St
Just Northwest and behind the Main Gallery Bldg of the Indianapolis Art Center in the Arts Complex foyer.

Any questions:  Call the Indiana Writers Center 317-255-0710 or Muse coordinator, Richard Pflum: 317-356-2048

Events Around Indiana

There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond. Looking for something to do? Here are just a few ideas:

Art & Soul Presents Tasha Jones

Nina Simone poetry tribute
Wednesday, February 8 at 12:15 pm
Indianapolis Artsgarden

Art & Soul, an annual celebration of African American art and artists in Indiana, features a diverse lineup of music, storytelling, dance, and visual art. The Arts Council of Indianapolis is pleased to partner with Asante Children’s Theatre, Indy Jazz Fest, Kenyettá Dance Company, and Madame Walker Theatre Center to present Art & Soul: A Celebration of African American Art & Artists in Indiana at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.


Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University
http://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/english/visitingwritersseries/spring-2017/
Shulem Deen
Wednesday, February 8,   7:30 pm

Peeler Auditorium

Shulem Deen is the award-winning author of All Who Go Do Not Return, a poignant and riveting memoir about a Brooklyn Hasidic Jew who leaves his faith and family to start a new life. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always insightful and wise, All Who Go Do Not Return won the 2016 GLCA Award for Nonfiction. This memoir illustrates both the joy and pain of abandoning one’s faith and embarking on a secular journey of new-found values and intellectual freedom. Shulem Deen is a former Skverer Hasid and the founding editor of Unpious. His work has appeared in Salon, Tablet, and The Jewish Daily Forward. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.



The Writers Guild At Bloomington
http://writersguildbloomington.com/

Players Pub Spoken Word Series
Thursday, February 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Players Pub
424 S Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401
Free admission

Featuring James Dorr, Joan Hawkins, Shayne Laughter, and Arbutus Cunningham
with music by Urban Deer
Also featuring an Open Mic
This is a New Series presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington. It will take place every month on the second Thursday.
Go here for all the details

Steve Henn Reading
Sunday, February 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Boxcar Books
408 E 6th St, Bloomington, IN 47408
Free
Featuring Warsaw IN poet Steve Henn and others


Indy Reads Books
www.indyreadsbooks.org/events/
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202 

#BlackLivesMatter Children's Digital Magazine Event
Friday, February 10, 5pm – 6pm

Friends and families: Come to Indy Reads and learn how to "rethink" the stories you choose to read and share with your children.

Snowpocalypse: Tales of the End of the World
Saturday, February 11, 2pm – 3pm

The calendar says the first day of summer, but a jealous snow wraps the world in a white straitjacket . . . Winter will not relinquish its throne and the polar vortex is plunging south. Icebergs gleam in the Bermuda Triangle and snow is falling in the Amazon. Blizzards swirl across the Sahara and the world has become a snowglobe from pole to pole. Is this the coming of the next Ice Age? Can anything be done to thaw the Big Freeze? Join seventeen talented authors from around the world on their expeditions into the Snowpocalypse and read the chilliest tales ever written.

This is the very first publication from Black Mirror Press, and authors will be at IRB to share their stories!

Learn more on their Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Black-Mirror-Press-444123935738180/

 

Notre Dame University Creative Writing Program
http://english.nd.edu/creative-writing/

American Invertida: Contemporary Uruguayan Poetry Festival
Wednesday, February 15   7:00-9:00PM
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Luis Bravo, Javier Etchevarren, and Virginia Lucas will read.
Hammes Campus Bookstore
Free and open to the public.
Click below for all the details:
http://english.nd.edu/events/2017/02/15/luis-bravo-javier-etchevarren/



Bookmamas
http://www.bookmamas.com/
9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Self-Published Authors Fair
Saturday, February 18 - 12:00 to 3:00pm

The lineup of authors has been set.  We thank all who applied for a spot this time and hope you will be able to come by and support your fellow writers.

Following is the list of participating authors and their works:
Jennifer Bartlett-Phelps - The Business of Confidence: How Baring It All Can Change You and The Act of Confidence: 30 Days to Self Love.
R.S. "Steve" Craig - The Innocent and the Dead and Children With White Knuckles
Doug Robbins - My Father, My Hero
Sarah McClure
- The Search
Matt Roberts - Thirty Two Minutes in March:  Four Teams Chase a Title in Today's Hoosier Hysteria
Dawn Carter - Affair: The Truth You Need But Don't Want To Know, Finding My Voice:  Poems of Darkness and Light , and It Was Good, Until It Wasn't: Thoughts of a Divorcing Woman




Vivian Delbrook Visiting Writers Series/Butler University
https://www.butler.edu/vws

Emily St. John Mandel
Monday, February 20 @ 7:30 PM

Atherton Union Reilly Room
vws-emilysjm
Emily St. John Mandel is the author of four novels, most recently Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award, and won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the Morning News Tournament of Books, and has been translated into 27 languages.

A previous novel, The Singer's Gun, was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions.




Novel Conversations with Award-winning Author, Adrian Matejka

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 3-4 p.m.
Franklin Central High School Media Center (enter Main Door #2)

6215 S. Franklin Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46259
Free and open to the public
Refreshments provided

Notably, Mr. Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden which won the New York / New England Award, Mixology, a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His most recent collection of poems, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Novel Conversations Speakers Program is sponsored by Indiana Humanities with support from The Glick Fund, a fund of the Central Indiana Community Foundation.



Purdue Literary Reading Series
https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/gradfields/creativewriting/series.html

Don Share Reading
February 27, 7:30 pm

Krannert Auditorium - Reading
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Don Share is the editor of POETRY magazine. His books include Squandermania (Salt Publishing), Union (Eyewear Publishing), Seneca in English (Penguin Classics), and most recently a new book of poems, Wishbone (Black Sparrow), a critical edition of Basil Bunting's poems (Faber and Faber), and Bunting's Persia (Flood Editions). His translations of Miguel Hernández, collected in I Have Lots of Heart (Bloodaxe Books) were awarded the TLS Translation Prize, Premio Valle Inclán, and PEN/New England Discovery Award; they were recently published in a new and expanded edition in the NYRB Poets series. With Christian Wiman, he co-edited The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press).
 

 

Recurring Events:

Noble Poets
Noble Tea and Coffee
933 Logan St., Noblesville

Noble Poets meet every third Tuesday of the month
Info: Sarah E. Morin at sarahemorin1836@gmail.com


The Spoken Word Wednesday Workshop and Open Mic


Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.at Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St. Doors open at 5 p.m. $5.


Vibe on Wednesdays

Wednesdays  8 p.m.(Doors open at 7)
Tantrum, 8215 Center Run Dr.
Live band, poetry, art and open mic.
$5- Must be 21 or older.
Meets every other Wednesday. Host: Tony Styxx. Video: https://youtube/8Nzv2eXoYX4*



Poetry Open Mic
Presented by Irving Theatre at The Irving Theater

Free open mic poetry every Thursday 7-9 pm on the deck of Irving Theatre.
 

Open Mic Night at Books and Brews
Every Thursday 8 p.m.
9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400.

Poets are welcome to share the mic with other performers. 
Information:

brad@booksnbrews.com (317)288-5136. 

Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions


Daydrifter Magazine will be accepting submissions for the Spring 2017

Issue until February 13.  Daydrifter is a quarterly mini-zine for Indiana authors and artists to share their stories.  We are currently sold in 26 stores in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.  In this issue, we are also having a student writing contest. You can visit us online at
https://www.daydriftermag.com/  or Instagram @DaydrifterMag for more information.





National Endowment for the Arts Offers Creative Writing Fellowships

   
The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program offers $25,000 grants in prose (fiction and creative nonfiction) and poetry to published creative writers that enable the recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and general career advancement.

The National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships program operates on a two-year cycle with fellowships in prose and poetry available in alternating years.

You may apply only once each year.  For guidelines and more information, visit https://www.arts.gov/grants-individuals/creative-writing-fellowships

If you have questions about your application, please contact the Literature staff at 202/682-5034 or e-mail LitFellowships@arts.gov
DEADLINE : March 08, 2017



Big Car Holding Creative Writing Workshop

Creative Writing Workshop Series
Saturday, February 18th  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Tube Factory Art Space
1125 Cruft Street, Indianapolis, IN 46203

This monthly creative writing workshop led by author Amy Sawyer welcomes all ages and writing levels. Snacks will be provided, coffee and tea will be available for donation.

Amy Sawyer is an published author who is an Indianapolis native. Fellowshipping with other creative minds and exploring the city for inspiration are among her favorite things to do. To RSVP, or if you have any further questions about the Creative Writing Workshop, please contact Amy Sawyer at areneewrites@gmail.com.

Register here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1173502369402882/



Stage and Screen Script Writing Workshop


Write Now! with Nicole Kearney

Write & Workshop a script for stage or screen
Limited to 8 writers
Mondays February 13, 20, 27 and March 6, 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Pay per class or up front (for discounted price)
Email nkpplays@gmail.com to enroll




Call for submissions
BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.
Go here for all the submission details:
http://www.branches.com/submissions/




The Geeky Press: Downtown Writer Jam Podcast
 Go here to listen.

New Submission Opportunities from the Geeky Press

First, we are starting a biannual literary journal titled HoosierLit. http://thegeekypress.com/hoosier/ We're accepting a variety of genres - nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays - for a spring issue, deadline February 28, 2017. That means there's plenty of time to get something written and submitted, but we are excited to see what rolls in!

We are also accepting submissions for an anthology titled Dear America: Reflections on Race http://thegeekypress.com/dear-america-reflections-on-race-a-call-for-submissions/. This collection takes the issue that most divides this country, and moves it to the quiet, intimate stories of people from across the country. This collection isn't meant to advocate a position. Instead, we want the personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story. I'm particularly excited about this anthology because it will be both a book and a digital experience - we are accepting photo and video essays as well as more traditional formats.

Finally, we have just started a new reading series titled Scripted http://thegeekypress.com/scripted/ - it is an opportunity for playwrights to showcase new work and to have it read by local actors. It's a monthly reading with a rolling deadline.



Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park

Frankfort, recently received a $3,000 grant through the Indiana Arts Commission’s Arts in the Parks and Historic Places program to offer a program for writers at all levels called Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park. The program offers two ways for writers to participate, as well as opportunities for the general public to get involved.

First, up to 30 writers at any level can participate in a one-day writing workshop called Writing in Place at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Canyon Inn inside the park. The workshop, led by Craig, will include sessions on establishing a setting, building characters, incorporating history, drawing on personal memories, and integrating research. Short instructional presentations about the history and natural resources of the park by Interpretive Naturalist Sam Arthur also will be integrated into the sessions, as well as writing exercises throughout the day.

The second way writers can participate in the program is to submit essays, poems, and short stories about or inspired by McCormick’s Creek State Park to a chapbook being compiled, edited, and published by Craig, who also is a freelance editor and writing coach. Writers don’t have to attend the Writing in Place workshop or be a resident of Indiana to participate, but they do have to have visited McCormick’s Creek State Park and must write about or from their experiences there. Submissions must be received by midnight, Sunday, April 30, 2017, and are limited to 1,000 words of prose or two poems (no more than 1,000 words combined) per participant.

The public can participate in the Writing in Place program by purchasing copies of the chapbook, which also will be titled Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park, at the park’s annual Arts in the Park Festival on Saturday, June 10, 2017. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park.
Get more details here:
http://writinginplace.charitysingletoncraig.com/. Those interested can also find more details at the program’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/writinginplace/.



We are excited for the debut of Booth Books, a natural extension of the Publishing Lab at Butler University. Our first project will be an anthology: 'Birth of the White House Cool: Reflections on the Obama Years.' We are actively seeking submissions of literature and art. More info here: http://www.boothbooks.org/




Applications for The Kerouac Project Open on January 1, 2017

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.
Go here to learn about the project and submit.




We may be in the throes of winter, but MWW is thinking spring! We’ve planned a one-day mini conference for March 18, at the Ball State Alumni Center, Muncie, IN. Whether you’re missing the summer conference and want a boost, or considering attending in July for the first time, the March mini has a taste of several aspects of our full-sized conference.

There is a choice of four intensives, an expert panel discussion, a book signing, and author/student fellowship. For all of the details and how to register, go here:
http://www.midwestwriters.org/2017/01/spring-event-march-18-2017/




The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. We are accepting submissions for our Spring 2017 publication through February 28.

We call ourselves an "alternative" magazine; that is to say: our purpose is to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. We want the controversial and the radical, the unhinged and the bizarre; we want the obsessive, the compulsive, the pervasive, the combative, and the seductive. We believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs, and for the "alternative", The Matador Review is a home. Submission information can be found at: www.matadorreview.com/submissions Any questions can be directed to editors(at)matadorreview.com Our Twitter handle is @matadorreview (twitter.com/matadorreview) Our Facebook page can be found here: www.facebook.com/The-Matador-Review-909831419093935



Seeking Indiana Authors for Book signing Event

I am hosting this event on May 20, 2017 at the Garrett Public Library, Garrett, Indiana 107 w. Houston st. Garrett, Indiana, 1PM – 3PM.  260-357-5485.

This event is free to any author from Indiana who wishes to participate.  Since I am hosting this event the Garrett Library will not be paying authors to participate.  You will keep all your money you make from selling your books.  The event will be advertised in the newspapers, on facebook, & twitter.  Please help spread the word and encourage all your author friends to come and join us.

Light refreshments will be offered.  Contact me Janie Ebinger chefjanie@hotmail.com 260 908 0827 or Andrea at the Garrett




Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature

In this innovative free, digital, interactive literary magazine, join us in hearing from celebrated children’s book writer and featured Ted speaker, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who writes about the importance of imagination in story telling, viewing featured book trailers from a variety of authors including Leslea Newman, Patricia Polacco’s, and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, checking out teacher resources and ideas, and reading rewritten and original stories such as Goodnight Hospital Room, a piece that parodies Brown and Hurd’s classic book and is meant to provide comfort to children who are in need of chronic care, Syd the Fellah about a prince looking for his partner, and The Shot Heard Around the Town: The Story About How One Boy Can Change the World, an original tale that advocates for nonviolence in our communities.

Download and learn more:
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id818562642?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogbabyapps.rethinkchildrensliterature&hl=en

Write for us: http://cms.bsu.edu/-/media/WWW/DepartmentalContent/English/pdfs/Submission%20Call%20Rethinking%20Magazine.pdf

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit

Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit ​ 

 

 

Make Some Noise


Unsure where to publish your literary works, unusual art, and social commentaries?
Go to http://noisemedium.com/.
Submit as many ideas as you like to contests@noisemedium.com. We’ll publish anything as long as it’s interesting—stories, images, essays, creative balance sheets, videos, or whatever else you can send us.  We care more about originality than anything else. Make it new. Make it great.

Every month, we award a $500 grand prize to our favorite submission and publish our next favorite 50 submissions. 

Questions? Contact us at contests@noisemedium.com. As we editors suffer from hyper-connectivity and crippling caffeine addictions, you’ll hear from us promptly.



Have some work ready? Send it out to Entrophy!

Where to Submit: February + March 2017

Hello writers! Here’s another round of submissions opportunities.
As you search for places to submit your writing, don’t forget the rest of Entropy’s cornucopia of offerings, which includes the Small Press Database, a compendium of small press interviews that has recently reached 115 presses. Do your research, keep writing, and good luck!





The Butler Bridge Program


Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

If you have any additional questions about the Butler Bridge Program or its programs, please email the Bridge Program Coordinator, Mindy Dunn, at mdunn1@butler.edu.

Click here for more information.

For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

 



The Freeman has a new poetry editor: Sarah Skwire

The following is a note from Sarah Skwire:
Writerly types!
I am now going to be handling poetry submissions for the good folks at the Freeman. That means you know the poetry editor! Send me good stuff--liberty related or not. I like formal verse and free verse. I like elegant and exciting use of language.
The things I want to read do what e.e.cummings said here:
"At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer. of burlesk, viz., 'Would you hit a woman with a child?-No, I'd hit her with a brick.' Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement." Accepted poems get $50, publication online, and possible inclusion in the print quarterly. If you're included in the print version, we'll send you a copy of the issue in which your poem appears. Submissions should go to: poetry@fee.org Full submission guidelines are available here. Ignore them at your peril: http://fee.org/freeman/poetry-guidelines/



speakyourstory.org


Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  



The current edition of WritingRaw.com is NOW online! Stop in and discover a new voice today… Help spread the word and share this with anyone who enjoys the written word. We are looking for submissions for the current issue – fiction of all styles, poetry, essays and other assorted writings, and book promotions. http://www.writingraw.com/



Free Magazine for Writers

Writers Wheel Magazine
Click here to read and download the current issue:

It’s published by Compass Books http://www.compass-books.net,  which offers a list of helpful titles on practical tips for writers, all written by writers from a company run by writers. The most recent title we have published is The Writer’s Group Handbook. All the titles are available internationally.

If you would like the next issue of the magazine emailed to you, join our mailing list: http://www.compass-books.net/list-signup.html

We’re also looking for new authors and have a range of imprints they could fit into at http://www.johnhuntpublishing.com.

 

 

Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
Check out the magazine here.

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest

Opportunities, Writers Conferences and Workshops, Contests and Submissions

Have a short story, poem or other work you're just dying to share? Check out these publication, workshop and contest opportunities:


Workshop: Fantasy Roundtable
Hosted by the Butler Bridge Program
Saturday, January 28   1 PM - 3 PM
Butler University Efroymson Center for Creative Writing
530 W Hampton Dr, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208
https://butler.formstack.com/forms/bridge_registration

Love J.R.R. Tolkien or Rick Riordan? If so, join Bridge for our Fantasy Roundtable as explore the highs and lows of the fantastical genre by creating wild new ideas, discussing our worlds, and having a whole lot of wacky fun with weird prompts.



WHY I LOVE THIS WILD ANIMAL POETRY CONTEST


The Children of Indiana Nature Park has teamed up with Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner for a nature-inspired poetry contest for kids.  Shari’s poetry prompt invites children to write a poem about their favorite wild animal (with preference to animals native to Indiana). Teachers, librarians and youth leaders are encouraged to have their students participate in this contest. Selected young poets may win a visit from the Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner to their school or group!

The poetry prompt, models, and rules about how to submit can all be found at The Children of Indiana Nature Park website: http://www.ilovemyland.org/Outdoor-Fun

Deadline:  January 27, 2017



What a coincidence! The Indiana Arts Commission has grant money available for individual artists interested in career development.

We are now accepting applications for the Individual Artist Program grants! The Individual Artist Program (IAP) provides support to artists at all stages of their career development in selected disciplines. Applicants may request a maximum of $2,000.

View the guidelines here.
Program Timeline
    Grant Period.............July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018
    Deadline to Apply......................February 3, 2017
    Application Review Panel Meetings.....April 2017
    Awards Announcement.......................June 2017
    Final Grant Report Due....................July 2, 2018

Eligible disciplines for this cycle include:
    Literary Arts




Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park


Frankfort, recently received a $3,000 grant through the Indiana Arts Commission’s Arts in the Parks and Historic Places program to offer a program for writers at all levels called Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park. The program offers two ways for writers to participate, as well as opportunities for the general public to get involved.

First, up to 30 writers at any level can participate in a one-day writing workshop called Writing in Place at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 18, 2017, at Canyon Inn inside the park. The workshop, led by Craig, will include sessions on establishing a setting, building characters, incorporating history, drawing on personal memories, and integrating research. Short instructional presentations about the history and natural resources of the park by Interpretive Naturalist Sam Arthur also will be integrated into the sessions, as well as writing exercises throughout the day.

The second way writers can participate in the program is to submit essays, poems, and short stories about or inspired by McCormick’s Creek State Park to a chapbook being compiled, edited, and published by Craig, who also is a freelance editor and writing coach. Writers don’t have to attend the Writing in Place workshop or be a resident of Indiana to participate, but they do have to have visited McCormick’s Creek State Park and must write about or from their experiences there. Submissions must be received by midnight, Sunday, April 30, 2017, and are limited to 1,000 words of prose or two poems (no more than 1,000 words combined) per participant.

The public can participate in the Writing in Place program by purchasing copies of the chapbook, which also will be titled Writing in Place: McCormick’s Creek State Park, at the park’s annual Arts in the Park Festival on Saturday, June 10, 2017. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of McCormick’s Creek State Park.
Get more details here:
http://writinginplace.charitysingletoncraig.com/. Those interested can also find more details at the program’s Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/writinginplace/.




Teen Creative Writing and Other Classes Now Offered by Lafayette Writers' Studio
Wednesdays Feb. 1, 8, 15 & 22 from 6-7:30 p.m.
MatchBOX Coworking Studio, 17 S. 6th Street, Lafayette
Open to writers ages twelve and older.
Cost-$98
To register visit https://www.lafayettewritersstudio.com/

Storytelling is the basis for all modes of creative writing. Whether you write poems, are working on a memoir, or are penning your seventh fan fiction novel, if you can tell a good story, you can write anything. Teen Creative Writing will offer a place for you to discover how the foundations of writing can help you develop your story-writing strengths while meeting other writers.

Each week we will read excerpts of a variety of short pieces to explore how writers apply foundational techniques in their work. These discussions will include lessons on imagery, character development, elements of plot, dialogue, narration and revision. Writers will then work on exercises to further build their understanding of these building blocks of effective stories. By the conclusion of the course all students will have written one complete story, and will have both the spark and the knowledge to keep writing.

Writing Your Book: From Start to Finish and Everything In Between
Wednesday, Jan. 25 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
This is the year you write your book. Sound daunting? It doesn't need to be if you follow your idea's lead and create a routine that not only builds on your initial inspiration, but also takes into account your lifestyle and personality. At the conclusion of this class you will be ready to begin your project with the excitement and know-how that will help you not only start your book, but finish it.



 

DEADLINE FEBRUARY 1, 2017

It’s a “graduation party” at Heartland Theatre! We’re looking for 10-minute plays that explore the fleeting moments when people realize they’re finishing a journey together.

You’re also going to have to decide what the journey was all about, of course. Did the co-workers really bond during that five-day survival course in the wilderness?  When one spouse earns an MBA, is the other half of the relationship cheering or grimacing? Whether your graduates are leaving a vacation bible school or a Ph.D. program, let us see them say good-bye.

Our theme for the 2017 10-Minute Plays is “The Graduation Party.” Follow the links to learn more about our competition and subsequent event. If you’re inspired to write a 10-minute play set at a graduation party, you’ll find all the rules and guidelines here, as well as info on how to send us your play. Get to work and write us a great little GRADUATION PARTY play!  http://heartlandtheatre.org/2017-10-min/

You have:
…No more than 4 characters…
…No more than 10 minutes…
…And unlimited possibilities to write a winning play for Heartland Theatre’s THE GRADUATION PARTY 10-Minute Play Festival.

2017 10-MINUTE PLAY FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES:
June 8,9,10 and 15,16,17 and 22,23,24,25 and 29,30 and July 1, 2017




We are excited for the debut of Booth Books, a natural extension of the Publishing Lab at Butler University. Our first project will be an anthology: 'Birth of the White House Cool: Reflections on the Obama Years.' We are actively seeking submissions of literature and art. More info here: http://www.boothbooks.org/




Daydrifter Magazine will be accepting submissions for the Spring 2017 Issue until February 13.  Daydrifter is a quarterly mini-zine for Indiana authors and artists to share their stories.  We are currently sold in 26 stores in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.  In this issue, we are also having a student writing contest. You can visit us online at
https://www.daydriftermag.com/  or Instagram @DaydrifterMag for more information.




Call for submissions
BRANCHES invites submission of essays, artwork, poetry, and photographs. Submissions must be written or created by Hoosiers or feature topics directly related to life in Indiana.  Send essays, artwork, and/or calendar items to the editor.
Go here for all the submission details:
http://www.branches.com/submissions/



Go here for submission details



Applications for The Kerouac Project Open on January 1, 2017

The Kerouac Project provides four residencies a year to writers of any stripe or age, living anywhere in the world. In the past we have accepted writers with no formal writing education alongside those with MFA’s and impressive résumés. You will be judged on the quality of the writing sample you submit. Each residency consists of approximately a three month stay in the cottage where Jack Kerouac wrote his novel Dharma Bums. Utilities and a food stipend of $1,000 are included. As writer-in-residence, all you are required to do is live in the Kerouac House during your residency, work on your writing project, and participate in two events—a Welcome Potluck dinner for you, and a Final Reading of your work at the Kerouac House at the end of your residency. Should you desire them, the Kerouac Project can also offer opportunities for you to participate in other readings, lead workshops, and interact in other ways with the vibrant Central Florida literary community.
Go here to learn about the project and submit.






We may be in the throes of winter, but MWW is thinking spring! We’ve planned a one-day mini conference for March 18, at the Ball State Alumni Center, Muncie, IN. Whether you’re missing the summer conference and want a boost, or considering attending in July for the first time, the March mini has a taste of several aspects of our full-sized conference.

There is a choice of four intensives, an expert panel discussion, a book signing, and author/student fellowship. For all of the details and how to register, go here:
http://www.midwestwriters.org/2017/01/spring-event-march-18-2017/




 


The Geeky Press: Downtown Writer Jam Podcast
 Go here to listen.

New Submission Opportunities from the Geeky Press

First, we are starting a biannual literary journal titled HoosierLit. http://thegeekypress.com/hoosier/ We're accepting a variety of genres - nonfiction, fiction, poetry, plays - for a spring issue, deadline February 28, 2017. That means there's plenty of time to get something written and submitted, but we are excited to see what rolls in!

We are also accepting submissions for an anthology titled Dear America: Reflections on Race http://thegeekypress.com/dear-america-reflections-on-race-a-call-for-submissions/. This collection takes the issue that most divides this country, and moves it to the quiet, intimate stories of people from across the country. This collection isn't meant to advocate a position. Instead, we want the personal stories and reflections from people who come from diverse backgrounds and want to share their American story. I'm particularly excited about this anthology because it will be both a book and a digital experience - we are accepting photo and video essays as well as more traditional formats.

Finally, we have just started a new reading series titled Scripted http://thegeekypress.com/scripted/ - it is an opportunity for playwrights to showcase new work and to have it read by local actors. It's a monthly reading with a rolling deadline.




The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. We are accepting submissions for our Spring 2017 publication through February 28.

We call ourselves an "alternative" magazine; that is to say: our purpose is to promote work that is thought-provoking and unconventional. We want the controversial and the radical, the unhinged and the bizarre; we want the obsessive, the compulsive, the pervasive, the combative, and the seductive. We believe that every work of quality art has a home where it belongs, and for the "alternative", The Matador Review is a home. Submission information can be found at: www.matadorreview.com/submissions Any questions can be directed to editors(at)matadorreview.com Our Twitter handle is @matadorreview (twitter.com/matadorreview) Our Facebook page can be found here: www.facebook.com/The-Matador-Review-909831419093935




Seeking Indiana Authors for Book signing Event

I am hosting this event on May 20, 2017 at the Garrett Public Library, Garrett, Indiana 107 w. Houston st. Garrett, Indiana, 1PM – 3PM.  260-357-5485.

This event is free to any author from Indiana who wishes to participate.  Since I am hosting this event the Garrett Library will not be paying authors to participate.  You will keep all your money you make from selling your books.  The event will be advertised in the newspapers, on facebook, & twitter.  Please help spread the word and encourage all your author friends to come and join us.

Light refreshments will be offered.  Contact me Janie Ebinger chefjanie@hotmail.com 260 908 0827 or Andrea at the Garrett




Rethinking Children’s and Young Adult Literature

In this innovative free, digital, interactive literary magazine, join us in hearing from celebrated children’s book writer and featured Ted speaker, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, who writes about the importance of imagination in story telling, viewing featured book trailers from a variety of authors including Leslea Newman, Patricia Polacco’s, and Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan, checking out teacher resources and ideas, and reading rewritten and original stories such as Goodnight Hospital Room, a piece that parodies Brown and Hurd’s classic book and is meant to provide comfort to children who are in need of chronic care, Syd the Fellah about a prince looking for his partner, and The Shot Heard Around the Town: The Story About How One Boy Can Change the World, an original tale that advocates for nonviolence in our communities.

Download and learn more:
App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id818562642?mt=8
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.frogbabyapps.rethinkchildrensliterature&hl=en

Write for us: http://cms.bsu.edu/-/media/WWW/DepartmentalContent/English/pdfs/Submission%20Call%20Rethinking%20Magazine.pdf

Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rethinkkidlit

Or Facebook https://www.facebook.com/rethinkingkidlit ​ 

 

 

 

Make Some Noise


Unsure where to publish your literary works, unusual art, and social commentaries?
Go to http://noisemedium.com/.
Submit as many ideas as you like to contests@noisemedium.com. We’ll publish anything as long as it’s interesting—stories, images, essays, creative balance sheets, videos, or whatever else you can send us.  We care more about originality than anything else. Make it new. Make it great.

Every month, we award a $500 grand prize to our favorite submission and publish our next favorite 50 submissions. 

Questions? Contact us at contests@noisemedium.com. As we editors suffer from hyper-connectivity and crippling caffeine addictions, you’ll hear from us promptly.




Have some work ready? Send it out to Entrophy!


Hello writers! Here’s another round of submissions opportunities.
As you search for places to submit your writing, don’t forget the rest of Entropy’s cornucopia of offerings, which includes the Small Press Database, a compendium of small press interviews that has recently reached 115 presses. Do your research, keep writing, and good luck!





The Butler Bridge Program


Students grades 3-12 are invited to join us to strengthen and explore their writing skills during an afternoon of fun and adventure.

We are pleased to offer the Butler Bridge Program to students in grades 3–12. The program draws on Butler's remarkable resources to build a bridge between Butler and its community, as well as between students who aspire to higher education and the professors, professional writers, teachers, and college mentors who are eager to share what they know.

Our Vision: Butler Bridge programs combine learning, laughter, and compassion to inspire young writers and readers. The programs connect bright, young people with talented mentors and like-minded peers to nurture intellectual and artistic discovery.

This learning-rich community rejects a narrow version of education, in which, too often, assessment structures learning. We reach for a goal that is harder to define:  enhancing creativity, developing the imagination, finding our own voices. We help our students and campers be so engaged with the joys of the literary arts that they don’t even notice how much they are learning.

If you have any additional questions about the Butler Bridge Program or its programs, please email the Bridge Program Coordinator, Mindy Dunn, at mdunn1@butler.edu.

Click here for more information.

For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit www.butler.edu/event-accommodations/.

 



The Freeman has a new poetry editor: Sarah Skwire

The following is a note from Sarah Skwire:
Writerly types!
I am now going to be handling poetry submissions for the good folks at the Freeman. That means you know the poetry editor! Send me good stuff--liberty related or not. I like formal verse and free verse. I like elegant and exciting use of language.
The things I want to read do what e.e.cummings said here:
"At least my theory of technique, if I have one, is very far from original; nor is it complicated. I can express it in fifteen words, by quoting The Eternal Question And Immortal Answer. of burlesk, viz., 'Would you hit a woman with a child?-No, I'd hit her with a brick.' Like the burlesk comedian, I am abnormally fond of that precision which creates movement." Accepted poems get $50, publication online, and possible inclusion in the print quarterly. If you're included in the print version, we'll send you a copy of the issue in which your poem appears. Submissions should go to: poetry@fee.org Full submission guidelines are available here. Ignore them at your peril: http://fee.org/freeman/poetry-guidelines/



speakyourstory.org


Creating a new female narrative one story at a time.

Every form of personal expression has a home at speakyourstory.org. SpeakYourStory passionately believes in a future where all women, from all walks of life, are empowered to say, “I exist and my stories matter.” Our story sharing platform is designed to be inclusive, compassionate and safe. We will not edit your stories and we publish everything that we receive. We honor every woman’s unique voice and encourage all forms of self-expression. Your story may be a song, a poem, an audio recording, video, a painting, written words, or a photograph. Literally, anything that speaks to your true self has a home here. Please share your pictures, paintings, poems, videos and writing HERE.  



The current edition of WritingRaw.com is NOW online! Stop in and discover a new voice today… Help spread the word and share this with anyone who enjoys the written word. We are looking for submissions for the current issue – fiction of all styles, poetry, essays and other assorted writings, and book promotions. http://www.writingraw.com/



Free Magazine for Writers

Writers Wheel Magazine
Click here to read and download the current issue:

It’s published by Compass Books http://www.compass-books.net,  which offers a list of helpful titles on practical tips for writers, all written by writers from a company run by writers. The most recent title we have published is The Writer’s Group Handbook. All the titles are available internationally.

If you would like the next issue of the magazine emailed to you, join our mailing list: http://www.compass-books.net/list-signup.html

We’re also looking for new authors and have a range of imprints they could fit into at http://www.johnhuntpublishing.com.

 

 

Hip Mama magazine is looking for unique, creative, strong, edgy, alternative parenting stories for upcoming issues.
Check out the magazine here.

Send submissions to: hipsubmissions@gmail.com 

Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!

For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest

Events Around Indiana

There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond. Looking for something to do? Here are just a few ideas:

Bookmamas
http://www.bookmamas.com/
9 Johnson Ave, Indianapolis 46219

Book Club Meeting
Wednesday, January 25   7-8 pm

Our book club resumes this month to discuss The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.  Everyone is welcome to participate in these meetings.

Kickoff for Author Breakfast fundraiser for Dyslexia Institute
Friday, February 3, 2017 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm


Authors Sherri Wood Emmons, Todd Outcalt (Indiana Wineries), Brian Sweaney (Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride), Robert Snow (Portrait of a Past Life Skeptic), and Andrea Neal (Road Trip: A Pocket History of Indiana) will be at this kickoff event. 10% of Bookmamas sales during the kickoff will be donated to the Dyslexic Institute of Indiana. These authors will be the featured participants in the Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, March 4, at 8:30 am @ the Meridian Hills Country Club.



Notre Dame University Creative Writing Program
http://english.nd.edu/creative-writing/

Ernest Sandeen Memorial Reading with Claudia Rankine & Solmaz Sharif
Thursday, Jan 26,  7:30-10PM

McKenna Hall Auditorium

This biannual literary event commemorates our esteemed colleague, the poet, scholar and teacher, Ernest Sandeen. A distinguished senior poet is invited to give the reading and selects a younger poet to read alongside him or her, thus honoring both Ernest Sandeen’s accomplishment as a poet and his many decades of mentorship at the University of Notre Dame. In this spirit, Claudia Rankine has selected the poet Solmaz Sharif to join her for this reading.
 

Claudia Rankine, the recipient of a 2016 MacArthur ‘genius’ grant, is the author of five collections of poetry including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; two plays including Provenance of Beauty: A South Bronx Travelogue; and numerous video collaborations. She is the editor of several anthologies including The Racial imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind and America Poets int the 21st Century. For Citizen, Rankine won the Forward Prize for Poetry, the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry, the Los Angeles Times Book Award, the PEN Open Book Award, and the NAACP Image Award. A finalist for the National Book Award, Citizen also holds the distinction of being the only poetry book to be a New York Times bestseller in the non-fiction category. Among her numerous awards and honors, Rankine is the recipient of the Poets & Writers’ Jackson Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in New York City and teaches at Yale University as the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry.

Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, and New York University. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and others. The former managing director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, her work has been recognized with a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, scholarships the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a winter fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, an NEA fellowship, and a Stegner Fellowship. She has most recently been selected to receive a 2014 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award as well as a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. She is currently a lecturer at Stanford University. Her first poetry collection, LOOK, published by Graywolf Press in 2016, is a finalist for the National Book Award.


Indy Reads Books
www.indyreadsbooks.org/events/
911 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202  


Tracy Mishkin reading "The Night I Quit Flossing"
Saturday, January 28, 3pm – 5pm

Join us for Tracy's return to Indy Reads Books for the release of her second chapbook, The Night I Quit Flossing, from Five Oaks Press.
View her website here: https://tracymishkin.wordpress.com/



The Writers Guild At Bloomington
http://writersguildbloomington.com/

Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
January 29, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Bloomington and Monroe County Convention Center
302 S College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403
Free parking in the back.
This event is free and open to the public.
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Guest Readers: Lisa Low and Stephen Hopkins

Lisa Low was born and raised in Maryland. She is the recipient of a National Society of Arts and Letters Award, and her poems have recently appeared in The Journal, Washington Square Review, The Collagist, and Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. She is in her third and last year of the MFA program at IU.

Stephen Hopkins is a PhD candidate at Indiana University, where he researches religious literature of the early middle ages and teaches about Vikings and writing. Born in Texas but raised in the Midwest, he moved all over Ohio, often. He now resides in Bloomington with his wife and his muse/cat. His poems have appeared in NEAT magazine.

Fountain Square Poetry Series
February 3, 2017 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Fountain Square Mall atrium
Free Admission and Free Raffle

Featuring poets Abegunde, Susan Amis, Emily Corwin, and JL Kato
with musical guests American Standard (Greg Buse and Rebecca Keith)

Abegunde is a Memory Keeper who chooses to forget that words have limits. She chooses to remember – and live by – the words of a 5th grade student: Poetry can change the world.  As a result, she spends her days and dream time chanting silenced memories into spoken histories. On the weekdays, when she isn’t birthing new words out of sound and images, she shapeshifts into an IU professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Graduate Mentoring Center director.

Susan Amis author is a writer and aspiring Limnologist from Minneapolis, MN currently pursuing her MFA at Indiana University.  She enjoys poetry quite a bit.

Emily Corwin is an MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University-Bloomington and the Poetry Editor for Indiana Review. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Gigantic Sequins, glitterMOB, Hobart, smoking glue gun, and Word Riot. Her chapbook My Tall Handsome was recently published through Brain Mill Press. You can follow her @exitlessblue on Twitter and Instagram.

JL Kato‘s poetry collection, Shadows Set in Concrete, chronicles the life of a Japanese immigrant in Indiana. It was selected the 2011 Best Book of Indiana by Indiana Center for the Book. Kato’s poems have appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, Raintown Review, and So It Goes. He is poetry editor of Flying Island, the online literary journal of the Indiana Writers Center. He also serves as president of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a nonprofit group that advocates for poetry in public places.



Purdue Literary Reading Series
https://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/gradfields/creativewriting/series.html
Presents Adrian Matejka in a public reading
Monday, January 30  at 7:30 pm
Krannert Auditorium

Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1971. His first collection of poems, The Devil's Garden, won the 2002 New York / New England Award from Alice James Books. His second collection, Mixology, was a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series and was a finalist for an NAACP Award in literature. His most recent collection, The Big Smoke, centered on the boxer Jack Johnson was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The book was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award and for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize. His new book, Map to the Stars is forthcoming from Penguin in March 2017. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and United States Artists. He lives in Bloomington, Indiana with his wife Stacey Lynn Brown, and their daughter.



Kelly Writers Series/Depauw University
http://www.depauw.edu/academics/departments-programs/english/visitingwritersseries/spring-2017/
Shulem Deen
Wednesday, February 8,   7:30 pm

Peeler Auditorium

Shulem Deen is the award-winning author of All Who Go Do Not Return, a poignant and riveting memoir about a Brooklyn Hasidic Jew who leaves his faith and family to start a new life. Sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, always insightful and wise, All Who Go Do Not Return won the 2016 GLCA Award for Nonfiction. This memoir illustrates both the joy and pain of abandoning one’s faith and embarking on a secular journey of new-found values and intellectual freedom. Shulem Deen is a former Skverer Hasid and the founding editor of Unpious. His work has appeared in Salon, Tablet, and The Jewish Daily Forward. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

 

Recurring Events:

Noble Poets
Noble Tea and Coffee
933 Logan St., Noblesville

Noble Poets meet every third Tuesday of the month
Info: Sarah E. Morin at sarahemorin1836@gmail.com


The Spoken Word Wednesday Workshop and Open Mic


Meets every first and third Wednesday of the month from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.at Unity of Indianapolis, 907 N. Delaware St. Doors open at 5 p.m. $5.


Vibe on Wednesdays

Wednesdays  8 p.m.(Doors open at 7)
Tantrum, 8215 Center Run Dr.
Live band, poetry, art and open mic.
$5- Must be 21 or older.
Meets every other Wednesday. Host: Tony Styxx. Video: https://youtube/8Nzv2eXoYX4*



Poetry Open Mic
Presented by Irving Theatre at The Irving Theater

Free open mic poetry every Thursday 7-9 pm on the deck of Irving Theatre.
 

Open Mic Night at Books and Brews
Every Thursday 8 p.m.
9402 Uptown Drive, Suite 1400.

Poets are welcome to share the mic with other performers. 
Information:

brad@booksnbrews.com (317)288-5136. 

 

 

 

An Evening with the Muse

Join us Sunday, January 8, 2017
7 p.m.


With Featured Poet

Tracy Mishkin

FREE!
Followed by an intermission for book buying or exchange, for refreshments, and an Open-Mic reading by those who wish to read their own poetry or favorite poems by others.

Tracy Mishkin is a call center veteran with a PhD and an MFA student in Creative Writing at Butler University. She is the author of two chapbooks, I Almost Didn't Make It to McDonald's (Finishing Line Press, 2014) and The Night I Quit Flossing  (Five Oaks Press, 2016). Her work has been published in such fine venues as Rat's Ass Review and has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Parody. She has three poems forthcoming in Jokes Review. Her Evening with the Muse will be a seamless blend of humor, terror, and whatever you are least expecting.


Location:
The Indiana Writers Center
812 E. 67th St
Just Northwest and behind the Main Gallery Bldg of the Indianapolis Art Center in the Arts Complex foyer.

Any questions:  Call the Indiana Writers Center 317-255-0710 or Muse coordinator, Richard Pflum: 317-356-2048

So Many Options for Your Holiday Gift Giving!



You must order your books by December 16 to receive them in time for holiday gift giving.  Expedited shipping methods may be available after that date, but at a greater cost. You will need to call our office to arrange this for all shipments after 12/16/16.
  IWC 317-255-4708


Dear Members and Friends—

We hope you'll consider the IWC's beautiful publications for the book lovers on your holiday gift list!

 

Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary  Indiana Writers  features stories, poems, and essays more than 75 Indiana writers, including favorites Mari Evans, John Green, Susan Neville, Scott Russell Sanders, and Dan Wakefield—a great read for the coming wintry days.  Read the article about this book in the Indianapolis Star.
Now at a special price for the holidays!

 

In Finding the Words: Stories and Poems of Women Veterans, ten women veterans, from a WWII Marine to an Army gunner in Iraq, share personal stories about what it’s like to be a woman in the U.S. Military—a perfect gift for a veteran or for a young woman considering the military as a career.  Read the article about this book in the Indianapolis Star.

 

Where Mercy and Truth Meet: Homeless Women of Wheeler Speak captures the voices of women struggling to reclaim their lives--a compelling read for those who care about social justice.   

 

Memory Workshop: Telling the Stories of Your Life is a user-friendly guide to writing down your life stories. Give it to a parent or grandparent whose stories you want to be remembered—or, better yet, treat yourself!

 

Other IWC books are available on our INwords page, as well as gift certificates for classes  or membership to encourage the aspiring writer in your circle of friends or family to write.

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