The Habit of Art

We often talk about the discipline required to be a writer: making time to go to the place where you write and…writing, no matter what. But there’s another, equally important kind of writing discipline: training your mind to see, really see, the world around you.

Flannery O’Connor called this “The Habit of Art."

How do you learn to recognize the extraordinary in your ordinary day-to-day life? How do you take real things in the real world deeper to reveal the universal? How do you learn to trust them to convey all you want the reader to know?

This year’s Gathering of Writers, “The Habit of Art,” will address these and other questions. You’ll leave full of ideas, inspired to hone your own Habit of Art—along with a hundred other writers who feel the same way.

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, featuring keynote Marianne Boruch.  Sessions in poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction will be presented by nine accomplished Indiana writers, including Angela Jackson Brown, Mitchell L.H. Douglas, Melissa Fraterrigo, Bryan Furuness, Alessandra Lynch, Robert Rebein, Kip Robisch, Shari Wagner and Lili Wright.

Keynote Speaker:  Marianne Boruch

This year’s Keynote speaker, Marianne Boruch, has eight poetry collections include Cadaver, Speak (Copper Canyon Press, 2014) and The Book of Hours (Copper Canyon Press, 2011), a Kingsley-Tufts Poetry Award winner. CCP will bring out her next collection--Eventually One Dreams the Real Thing--in early fall, 2016. She is also the author of two essay collections, In the Blue Pharmacy (Trinity, 2005) and Poetry’s Old Air (Michigan, 1993), and a memoir, The Glimpse Traveler (Indiana, 2011) about hitchhiking to California from the midwest in 1971. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, London Review of Books, American Poetry Review, The Nation and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation, as well as artist residencies at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy, at Yaddo and MacDowell, at Isle Royale, the most isolated national park in the US, and this past summer, at Alaska’s Denali National Park. Recently she was given a Glick Indiana Authors Award. Boruch was a Fulbright/Visiting Professor in 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland, and she taught at the University of Maine at Farmington before setting up the MFA program in English and Creative Writing in 1987 at Purdue where she has received many teaching awards and continues to be on faculty. Since 1988, she has also taught in the low- residency Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina.

Make your Gathering experience complete and take the Master Class with Marianne Boruch!  
Poetry Master Class: Seeing Things

$75 Members / $125 Nonmembers / $25 Full-time students with ID

Lunch will be provided.

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Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 16, 2016

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