Classes & Workshops

  • Winter Writers’ Retreat

    Facilitators: Andrew Black and Alicia Rasley
    Date: 7 PM Friday, January 9 – 12 PM Sunday, January 11
    Location: Oakwood Retreat Center, Selma, Indiana (oakwoodretreatcenter.org)
    Cost: Members (no discounts): $240 for double occupancy; $340 for single occupancy.  Nonmembers: $300 for double occupancy; $400 for single occupancy. (Cost includes housing, three meals on Saturday, and Sunday brunch.)
    Limited to 20 participants
    Deadline to register (or cancel... learn more

  • Poetry as Memoir: Defining Moments in a Life

    Instructor:  Shari Wagner
    Date: 5 Saturdays:  Jan 31, March 7, March 28, Apr 25 and May 30 (please note a date has changed)
    Time: 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $263 nonmembers, $188 members, $163 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    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... learn more

  • Foundations of Playwriting

    Instructor: Andrew Black
    Date:  5 Thursdays (Feb 5, 12, 19, 26; Mar 5)
    Time: 7-9 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $190 nonmembers, $130 members, $110 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Playwriting allows writers to tell stories using a unique medium - live performance. But how to leverage the opportunity so that it harnesses the full power of the audience’s imagination? Just click your ruby heels together and say: “there’s... learn more

  • Get Started

    Instructor: Bryan Furuness
    Date: Saturday, Feb 7
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Got an idea you just can’t get down? Got a half-finished story you don’t know what to do with? Been thinking about writing for a long time and just not doing it? Wonder how to connect with other writers in the Indianapolis area? This class is guaranteed... learn more

  • Advanced Playwriting

    Instructor: Andrew Black
    Date: 8 Saturdays: February 7, 14, 21, 28; March 7, 14, 21, 28
    Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Location: Marian University, TBD campus map)
    Cost: $304 nonmembers, $208 members, $176 student members/teacher members/senior members/Military members

    Click here for a campus map/parking pass. 

    Okay, you’re ready to start writing a full-length play….now what? You have written at least one short play, maybe... learn more

  • How to Write a Lot (And Write It Well)

    Instructor:  Ben H Winters
    Date: Thursday, February 19
    Time: 7-9:30 p.m.
    Location: Marian University-TBD (campus map)
    Cost: $48 Nonmembers, $33 members, $28 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members
    Click here for a campus map/parking pass.

    “Time is what we want most and use worst.” -- William Penn

    So true, and especially for writers! We who wander around moaning how we can’t find any time to write, how life is constantly intruding... learn more

  • Shaking Loose the Character

    Instructor:  Suzanne Harding
    Date:Tuesday, February 24
    Time: 1-3 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $38 Nonmembers, $26 members, $22 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    “My method of character building is from the inside out . . . ” So says Alice Hoffman, but how does she manage? How do we create fully-formed characters, not just cardboard characters whom we push around on a chess board of plot? This class will explore different ways... learn more

  • Going Digital: a hands-on seminar about creating ebooks using free software tools

    Instructor: Brad King
    Date: Saturday, February 28
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $57 Nonmembers, $39 members, $33 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    While print books remain the staple of the book publishing industry, writers now have a plethora of digital tools that allow them to easily create a variety of ebooks. The last barrier to entry: fear. In this hands-on seminar, participants will take their own writing (finished or... learn more

  • Description: Scene, Place and Character

    Instructor:  Suzanne Harding
    Date:Tuesday, March 10
    Time: 1-3 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $38 Nonmembers, $26 members, $22 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Techniques that photographers use–framing, light and shadow, manipulation of color, and depth of field–can be effective tools for the writer too. We’ll examine each technique and apply it to writing setting and description. Come ready to write and bring an object that intrigues you (it can be anything and... learn more

  • Dialogue Is More Than Talk

    Instructor:  Suzanne Harding
    Date:Tuesday, March 3
    Time: 1-3 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $38 Nonmembers, $26 members, $22 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    Few things smother a reader’s interest in a story quicker than stilted dialogue. This class will explore speech patterns that fit a character–so that not every character sounds the same and each stays true to their personalities and background.


    Register online or download and print a registration form.


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