Classes & Workshops

  • Planning for National Novel Writing Month, You Can Do It: 30 days, 50,000 words, 1 novel

    Instructor: Cameron Steiman
    Date: 2 Sundays, October 2, 9
    Time: 1-5 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $152 Nonmembers, $104 members, $88 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Are you planning on participating in National Novel Writing Month in November and have no idea where to start? Do you have a vague notion of your story but not sure how to fill it out? This class will cover ways to plan your novel, develop... learn more

  • The Memory Workshop

    Instructor: Lyn Jones
    Date: Saturday, October 8
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $65 Nonmembers, $47 members, $41 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Maybe you want to preserve the stories of your life for your family; maybe you want to to write them solely for yourself—to better understand what made you who you are, perhaps to help heal a hurt that won’t let go. Maybe you feel you... learn more

  • The Art of Writing Ekphrastic Haikus

    Instructor: Gabriele Glang
    Date: Saturday, October 15
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: Marian University/Marian Hall-Room# 206 (campus map)
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Using visual prompts from visiting German-American poet and landscape painter Gabriele Glang, you will be introduced to the most elegant of poetic forms: the haiku. Writing haiku is a great way to practice paring down to essentials, eliminating all redundancies, and... learn more

  • Flash Fiction

    Instructor: Joanna H. Wos
    Date: Sunday, October 16
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Flash fiction or short-shorts—no matter what you call it, writing stories that are 750-1000 words in length is a challenging and rewarding practice. The writer learns compression and essential details and the reader gets a satisfying piece in return. We will read some examples of this... learn more

  • Exploring Mindfulness and the Writing Process

    Instructor:  Nancy Olson
    Date: 3 Tuesdays, October 18, 25; November 1
    Time: 7-9 p.m.
    Location:  All Souls Unitarian Church, 5605 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226
    Cost: $114 nonmembers, $78 members, $66 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Mindfulness is a particular way of paying attention to present moment experience.  Practicing mindfulness techniques can help us observe how our minds work, grow in self-awareness, strengthen patience, and free us from the... learn more

  • Leaping in Poetry

    Instructor: Liz Whiteacre
    Date: Saturday, October 22
    Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    In the 70s, Robert Bly’s Leaping Poetry fanned the conversation about taking leaps in poems, or moving readers between conscious and unconscious thought. This workshop will explore creating associative leaps in your poems as you compose and revise. Please bring 1-3 poems you've written... learn more

  • Writing the Horror Novel

    Instructor: Robert Kent
    Date: Saturday, October 22
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Author and film director Clive Barker says, "Horror fiction shows us that the control we believe we have is purely illusory, and that every moment we teeter on chaos and oblivion." Do you like scary stories? Do you want to hold your readers frozen in... learn more

  • Working with an Editor: Will it hurt?

    Instructor: Vicki Adang
    Date: Tuesday, October 25
    Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $48 nonmembers, $33 members, $28 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    You’ve poured everything you have into your novel, nonfiction manuscript, or other creative writing endeavor. You’re ready to see your words in print. But wait! Should you hire an editor first? What if she tears your manuscript apart? What if he suggests ways to improve it?... learn more

  • Character and Dialogue

    Instructor: SJ Rozan
    Date:  Sunday, October 30
    Time: 1-4 pm
    Location: TBD
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    A book is about the people in it.  Characters are what readers remember long after the story's details fade.  Character is shown through exposition, action, and especially through dialogue.  Using discussion, example, and exercises, this class will focus on both the development and demonstration of character, and techniques... learn more

  • Memoir Writing with a Purpose

    Instructor: Jeff Rasley
    Date: Saturday, November 5
    Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 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


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