Classes & Workshops

Dialogue is More than Talk and Description: Scene, Place and Character  with Suzanne Harding are both filled to capacity and have been removed from the web.  We cannot accept walk-in registrations.
  • Prompting Poetry

    Instructor: Liz Whiteacre
    Date: Saturday, March 7
    Time: 1:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    In this workshop, we will explore how poetry prompts can help us get started writing poetry, explore different ways to write poems, return to poetry after a “dry spell”—even help with revision. We will learn how to find and write prompts, how to respond to prompts, and... learn more

  • Structuring the Novel

    Instructor: David Hassler
    Date: Sunday, March 8
    Time: 1-4 pm
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military 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, plus we'll... learn more

  • Build Your Author Blog

    Instructor: Erik Deckers
    Date: Saturday, March 14
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Every author needs a blog. It’s the hub of your personal brand, and the place people go to find out more about you — where to buy your books, where you’ll be doing your next reading, even what you’re working on now. This session is part tech intensive, part marketing session,... learn more

  • Flash Fiction

    Instructor: Joanna H. Wos
    Date: Sunday, March 15
    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

  • 2015 Gathering of Writers 2015 Gathering of Writers

    Instructors: Various
    Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015
    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Location: Indiana Landmarks Center
    Cost: $125 nonmembers, $75 members, $25 full-time students with ID
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    Your registration includes lunch (if you have dietary restrictions, please contact roxanna@indianawriters.org)


    Only Connect: Prose, Poetry, Passion

    Passion is at the heart of all good writing, combined with the yearning to make sense... learn more

  • Writing While the World’s on Fire

    Instructor: Scott Russell Sanders
    Date: Sunday, March 22
    Time: 1-4 pm
    Location: Marian University, Marian Hall/Room#008
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members (no further discounts for this class)

    We like to brag about our species—how intelligent we are, how imaginative and artistic, how adept at understanding and manipulating nature. True enough. But our species stands out for some less noble traits, as well, such as our penchant for mechanized violence, from solo gunmen to gangs... learn more

  • You Are Here: Adventures in Travel Writing

    Instructor: Sarah Layden
    Date: Wednesday, March 25
    Time: 7-9 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $38 Nonmembers, $26 members, $22 student/teacher/senior members

    Whether you’ve taken an unforgettable trip or dream of future journeys, learn how to capture the details of place and experience through travel writing. We’ll utilize the raw material of memory and observation; feel free to bring a photograph, guidebook or small piece of memorabilia (or borrow one from... learn more

  • Exploring Mindfulness and the Writing Process

    Instructor:  Nancy Olson
    Date:  Saturday, April 4
    Time: 9 a.m.-12  p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military 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 litany of judgmental thoughts. These same techniques can also enhance our writing process... learn more

  • Crash Course in Middle Grade Fiction

    Instructor: John David Anderson
    Date: Saturday, April 4
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Somewhere in the space between The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Hunger Games lies the challenging and robust world of Middle Grade Fiction—with its lightning-scarred wizards and its lightning thieves and its promise of introducing young readers to rich worlds and action-packed plots. In a... learn more

  • Short Form Fiction

    Instructor: Suzanne Harding
    Date: 4 Thursdays: April 9, 16, 23, and 30
    Time: 1-3 p.m
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $152 nonmembers, $104 members, $88 student/teacher/senior/military members

    When I first began writing fiction, I wish someone had told me how beneficial writing short stories could be.  Short stories hone the craft, allow play with characters who might be misbehaving in a novel, and write within the constraints of a... learn more


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