INwords Publications

 
The Indiana Writers Center is pleased to offer INwords: a publishing initiative featuring original works generated by programs at the Indiana Writers Center. We are currently offering the following titles, available for purchase here and in our store:


Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers

 

Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers features seventy-eight notable Indiana poets, fiction writers and essayists, including Marianne Boruch, Jared Carter, Mari Evans, Karen Joy Fowler, Helen Frost, John Green, Philip Gulley, Patricia Henley, Susan Neville, Scott Russell Sanders, and Dan Wakefield. The most experienced writers here are in their nineties, the youngest in their twenties. Some are best-selling authors, some widely known in literary circles, some just beginning. Many were born and raised in Indiana, others found their way here and stayed.

Edited by Barbara Shoup & Rachel Sahaidachny

An officially endorsed Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project, the book extends the appreciation of Indiana’s rich literary heritage into the 21st century, celebrating authors who are bringing honor to the Hoosier state in our own time.


PURCHASE NOW


Memory Workshop

 

Maybe you want to preserve the stories of your life for your family; maybe you want 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 have a story to tell that the wider world needs to know. Memory Workshop invites you to enter the satisfying process of getting those stories told. It offers practical insights about how writing works and a series of writing exercises to help you identify the moments in your life worth telling and find the voice to bring them to life on the page.

PURCHASE NOW


Dream Workshop

 

Dream Workshop offers you the opportunity to explore and reflect on your
own lifetime of dreams. We hope its questions and quotes inspire you and
that its writing prompts trigger memories that bring insights and-better
yet-fuel future dreaming.




PURCHASE NOW



Where Mercy and Truth Meet: Homeless Women of Wheeler Speak


 

In the summer of 2015, Indiana Writers Center staff and volunteers met with homeless women at the Wheeler Mission Community Center for Women and Children to help them write about their lives. The stories they wrote are honest and raw, full of struggle, heartbreak, and hope.

“It's all there. Their beauty, their strength, their power, their pain...all of it. Such a gorgeous well-rounded view of what it means to survive and sometimes thrive in a life filled with traumatic events. The book honors these beautiful survivors. Thank you for seeing these phenomenal women for who they really are and allowing them to share their stories.”
Colleen B. Gore, Director, Women and Children’s Services
Wheeler Mission Ministries

Read a wonderful article about Where Mercy and Truth Meet by Dan Carpenter.
http://www.skybluewindow.org/SkyBlueBlog/archives/2015/09/28/voices-from-the-margins


PURCHASE NOW



Finding the Words: Stories and Poems by Women Veterans

 

(Available for Pre-Ordering at this time.  Will be available to ship on October 15, 2016)

Ten women veterans from a WWII Marine to an Army gunner in Iraq, share personal stories of what it’s like to be a woman in the U.S. Military. With courage, honesty, wit, and wisdom, they find the words.

Edited by Shari Wagner


PURCHASE NOW



Flying Island

 



Flying Island is the Online Literary Journal of the Indiana Writers Center accepting submissions on a rolling basis from Indiana residents and those with significant ties to Indiana.  We are always looking for the next Kurt Vonnegut.

Flying Island Online began in January of 2014 and is edited by David Hassler, JL Kato and Julianna Thibodeaux.  A collection of the best online writing contributions in Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction was published in March of 2015.



PURCHASE NOW

 


Monday Coffee & Other Stories



Mothers of children with special needs feel guilt, sadness, and joy simultaneously, which is hard to understand. The mothers in this anthology don't seek pity; instead, they illustrate a complexity of emotions that start with diagnosis, explore care in both early and later years, and invite us to witness the aftermath of too-early deaths of their children. Weaving together essays, poems, and graphics by mothers of children with a wide range of disabilities, Jones and Whiteacre have edited a collection that highlights the challenges and joys of motherhood, exposing both fears and guilty pleasures as mothers explore their relationships with their children, partners, families, caregivers, educators, and the medical community.


PURCHASE NOW

 

I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write about Their Lives 2016



Funded by the Summer Youth Program Fund, the Indiana Writers Center's "Building a Rainbow" creative writing program serves a diverse group of young people in Indianapolis, improving their writing and literacy skills through a series of creative writing exercises that teach them how to write the stories of their own lives. Working one-on-one, Writers Center instructors, student teachers, and volunteers help the young writers get their words on the page and also encourage them to reflect upon the experiences they've written about, considering how what they've learned can help them make their dreams come true. I Remember is a collection of writings completed during the Indiana Writers Center summer youth writing programs.

PURCHASE NOW

 

Writing Murder: A Basic Guide to Writing Mystery Fiction

 

Jeanne Dams, Phil Dunlap, Michael Allan Dymmoch, Kit Ehrman, Terrence Faherty, S. M. Harding, Libby Fischer Hellmann, Dana Kaye, William Kent Krueger, Beverle Graves Myers, Tony Perona, Mary Saums, Sharon Short, Barbara Shoup and Mark Richard Zubro: These acclaimed Midwestern authors have contributed essays on the basics of writing mystery novels, sharing insights on fiction elements including setting, characters, dialogue, plot and research. In addition, authors offer insight on the genre, how to build suspense, point of view, the circle of openings/endings and marketing the manuscript.

PURCHASE NOW

 

Returning: Stories from the Indianapolis Senior Center



In this engaging collection, nine seniors return to significant moments in their lives, presenting stories that range from hilarious, to thoughtful, to hauntingly poetic. Discover why one writer takes his name from a railroad line and how another tries to change beauty pageant history. Find out what happens when Uncle Bob, his wife and thirteen children arrive uninvited and stay overnight. Spend spring break with four co-eds who travel to Florida, inspired by the 1960 movie, Where the Boys Are. Learn what it is like to serve in the Vietnam War or as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia. Grieve with a mother as she copes with the loss of her nine-year-old son. Cheer for the girl who takes on the playground bully. Enjoy “his” and “her” versions of how two of the writers meet and fall in love.

Returning represents the work of a memoir class taught by Shari Wagner and sponsored by the Indiana Writers Center and the Indianapolis Senior Center. Wagner’s introduction describes the assignments she gave to her class and offers suggestions for writing your own life stories.

PURCHASE NOW

 

 

Sitting at the Feet of Our Elders: Flanner House Speaks

 

There is an African proverb that reminds us, When an old man dies, a library burns down. Henry Butler, a Flanner House Elder, shared this proverb on the first day of our project when asked, why do we need to write down our memories? The Flanner House seniors and elders are rich with stories--stories that come from the gut and from the heart.

Sitting at the Feet of our Elders: Flanner House Speaks is a project of the Indiana Writers Center and Flanner House Indianapolis and has been generously funded by the Central Indiana Community Foundation's James Proctor Fund for Aged Men and Women in Marion County.

PURCHASE NOW

 

 

I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write About Their Lives



I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write About Their Lives is a collection of writing by students in the Indiana Writers Center's 2013 summer learning program, "Building a Rainbow." The program serves a diverse group of young people in Indianapolis, improving their writing and literacy skills through a series of creative writing exercises that teach them how to write the stories of their own lives. Working one-on-one, Writers Center instructors, student teachers, and volunteers help the young writers get their words on the page and also encourage them to reflect upon the experiences they've written about, considering how what they've learned can help them make their dreams come true. "I Remember" also includes the writing prompts used with children, making it an excellent resource for teachers and parents. 

Edited by Darolyn Jones, Mark Latta, Barbara Shoup, Julianna Thibodeaux and Shari Wagner.

PURCHASE NOW

 


I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write about Their Lives 2014

 



Funded by the Summer Youth Program Fund, the Indiana Writers Center's "Building a Rainbow" creative writing program serves a diverse group of young people in Indianapolis, improving their writing and literacy skills through a series of creative writing exercises that teach them how to write the stories of their own lives. Working one-on-one, Writers Center instructors, student teachers, and volunteers help the young writers get their words on the page and also encourage them to reflect upon the experiences they've written about, considering how what they've learned can help them make their dreams come true. "I Remember" is a collection of writings completed during the Indiana Writers Center summer youth writing programs, along with observations about teaching and the prompts used to elicit the writing.

PURCHASE NOW




I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write about Their Lives 2015

 



Funded by the Summer Youth Program Fund, the Indiana Writers Center's "Building a Rainbow" creative writing program serves a diverse group of young people in Indianapolis, improving their writing and literacy skills through a series of creative writing exercises that teach them how to write the stories of their own lives. Working one-on-one, Writers Center instructors, student teachers, and volunteers help the young writers get their words on the page and also encourage them to reflect upon the experiences they've written about, considering how what they've learned can help them make their dreams come true. I Remember is a collection of writings completed during the Indiana Writers Center summer youth writing programs.

PURCHASE NOW

 


I Remember: Creative Writing by Indianapolis Youth

 



I Remember: Creative Writing by Indianapolis Youth is bursting with lively writing from the students attending the St. Florian Leadership Camp, La Plaza's Leadership institute for Latino Youth (LILY), and the Concord Neighborhood Center Summer Day Camp. Their stories and poems will take you from a chair in a beauty shop to a beach in Mexica; from Grandma's kitchen to the Taj Mahal. You'll plunge downward in a rollercoaster, paddle a canoe up a creek, and join in a Puerto Rican folk dance. You'll meet the people they love.

Edited by Darolyn Jones, Mark Latta, Barbara Shoup, Julianna Thibodeaux and Shari Wagner.

PURCHASE NOW




© Indiana Writers Center 2012