Classes & Workshops

  • The Basics of Self Publishing

    Instructor: Robert Kent
    Date: Saturday, January 21
    Time: 9:30-12:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
    Walk-in registrations are Welcome!

    Editor Peggy Tierney says she receives thousands of manuscripts per year, reads perhaps fifty, and publishes only one or two. With publishers consolidating and purchasing fewer books each year, advances shrinking, and legacy contracts becoming more restrictive than ever – and... learn more

  • Foundations of Playwriting

    Instructor: Andrew Black
    Date: 5 Thursdays: January 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23
    Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
    Location: The Church Within, 1125 Spruce St, Indianapolis, IN 46203 (Fountain Square Neighborhood)
    Cost: $313 nonmembers, $200 members, $175 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
    Class size limited to 8 students.

    Playwriting allows writers to tell stories using a unique medium - live performance. But how to leverage the opportunity so that it harnesses... learn more

  • Poetry as Memoir: Defining Moments in a Life

    Instructor:  Kyle D. Craig
    Date: 5 Saturdays: January 28; February 25; April 1, 29; May 20
    Time: 9:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $338 nonmembers, $225 members, $200 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members  Only 2 spots left!

    Each life has its crossroads, defining moments that determine its direction.  In this poetry workshop, we will use the techniques of memoir to explore the significant moments in our own life... learn more

  • Words Matter: Writing in Troubled Times

    Instructors: Various
    Dates/Times:
    Sunday, February 5, 1-4 p.m.: “Race Matters” led by Mitchell L.H. Douglas.
    Write-in session Sunday, February 19, 1-4 p.m.

    Sunday, March 5, 1-4 p.m.: “Gender Matters” (TBA)
    Write-in session Sunday, March 19, 1-4 p.m.

    Sunday, April 9, 1-4 p.m.: “The Environment Matters” (TBA)
    Write-in session Sunday, April 23, 1-4 p.m.

    Sunday, May 7: “Immigration/Refugee Matters” (TBA)
    Write-in session Sunday, May 21, 1-4 p.m.

    Location: Marian University/TBD
    Cost: $50 for all 8 sessions

    ... learn more
  • Structuring the Novel

    Instructor: David Hassler
    Date: Sunday, February 19
    Time: 1-4 pm
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    This class will examine approaches to making sure your novel's structure and pacing keep your readers turning the pages to follow those marvelous characters through the perfect settings you've developed. We'll discuss the approaches set out in Robert McKee's classic Story and Larry Brooks's Story Engineering,... learn more

  • Sending Your Work into The World: Tips for Submitting and Publishing in Literary Journals

    Instructor: Natalie Solmer
    Date: Wednesday, February 22
    Time: 6:30-9:00 pm
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $63 nonmembers, $40 members, $35 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    You’ve been polishing your short story or a group of poems for months (or years); now what? You finally feel ready to share your work with the world, but beginning the process of submitting to literary journals can feel like trying to climb Everest. This class... learn more

  • Writing Workshop: The Art of the Personal Essay

    Instructor:  Sarah Ginter
    D
    ate: 6 Thursdays: February 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
    Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $400 Nonmembers, $265 members, $235 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
    * The price of this class includes an additional $25 manuscript fee

    In this 6-week writing workshop, we will study some of the masters of the personal essay and creative nonfiction in order to understand how we can take our... learn more

  • Writing Workshop: The Short Story Workshop

    Instructor: Monica Bergers
    Date: 6 Mondays: February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3
    Time: 6:30-9 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $400 nonmembers, $265 members, $235 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
    (The cost of this class includes a $25 manuscript fee, to be remitted by IWC directly to the instructor, for assignments that she critiques outside of class time.)

    In this workshop, writers will have the opportunity to explore the... learn more

  • Memoir Writing with a Purpose

    Instructor: Jeff Rasley
    Date: Saturday, March 4
    Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Many writers keep a journal or write about their own experiences.  Most of this writing is not shared or published (except on Facebook). Many of us can turn our own experiences into a lesson for others—a didactic memoir. Short features for on-line publications, corporate... learn more

  • Short and (Not Always) Sweet: An Introduction to Japanese Tanka

    Instructor:  Kyle D. Craig
    Date: Sunday, March 12
    Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 Nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    The Japanese tanka means “poem song.” It is a five line lyrical poem often composed of 31 or fewer syllables, and dates back more than 1,200 years. The best tanka, it has been written, seek to harmonize the writer’s emotional life and the elements of the... learn more


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