There are many great literary events around Indianapolis and beyond. Looking for something to do? Here are just a few ideas:


Members of the Indiana Writers Center family are invited to participate in a special event produced by Indianapolis’ own Q Artistry.

On Saturday, August 9, 2014, Q Artistry will present a new work called Altered.  The performance will be followed by a special playwright’s talk back where the playwright Ben Assaykwee (who is also the Artistic Director of Q Artistry) will talk about the process of developing the work and answer questions.  Special guests will also be on hand.

A little bit about the play….
Veterans in recovery perform their first ever theatrical production in this collaborative effort by Q Artistry, with Dr. Sally Wasmuth and Roudebush VA Health Services Research and Development.  Written by Ben Asaykwee and featuring Lauren Briggeman, 8 actors will weave their way through 4 stories in a take on Greek myth and man's relationship to material possessions, ambition, and one another.

The performance begins at 7:30 PM, and is free.  Reservations are suggested and can be made at Brown Paper Tickets
The performance will be in Irvington at the Irvington Lodge, 5515 E. Washington Street, Indianapolis. 
Come join us for this stimulating event and stay for the talkback.


Poetry on Brick Street
Presenting poet Joan Colby
Thursday, August 7  6:30 p.m.
SullivanMunce Cultural Center, 225 W. Hawthorne St., Zionsville.
Joan Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, The Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, the new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner. She received two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, a Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature. She was a finalist in the GSU Poetry Contest (2007), received the Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Prize (2009, 2012), and received honorable mentions in the North American Review's James Hearst Poetry Contest (2008, 2010). Colby is the editor of Illinois Racing News,and lives on a small horse farm in Northern Illinois. She has published 11 books including “The Lonely Hearts Killers” and “How the Sky Begins to Fall” (Spoon River Press), “The Atrocity Book” (Lynx House Press) and “Dead Horses” and “Selected Poems” from FutureCycle Press .”Selected Poems” received the 2013 FutureCycle Prize.  “Properties of Matter” was published in spring of 2014 by Aldrich Press (Kelsay Books). Two chapbooks are forthcoming in 2014;  “Bittersweet” (Main Street Rag Press) and “Ah Clio” (Kattywompus Press). Colby is also an associate editor of Kentucky Review and FutureCycle
Press.Poetry on Brick Street is a regular monthly reading series and a project of Brick Street Poetry Inc., a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that publishes a literary journal and sponsors other poetry-related events. For information, emailboard member Susan Miller at


T.D. Richards poetry reading/signing
Tuesday, August 5, @ 7:00 pm
T.D. will be reading from his new book, This Side and That, in the Underground 9 Studio.

An Evening with Terence Faherty

Friday, August 8, 6:30-8 p.m.
E.B. and Bertha C. Ball Center
400 Minnetrista Blvd., Muncie, IN
No Charge - Reservations Required
Quiet Woman

Long-time MWW friend and former faculty Terry Faherty has a new stand-alone -- The Quiet Woman. We're a big fan of his two mystery series: The Edgar-nominated Owen Keane series, which follows the adventures of a failed seminarian turned amateur sleuth, and the Shamus-winning Scott Elliott private-eye series, set in the golden age of Hollywood. His short fiction has won the Macavity Award and has been nominated for the Anthony and the Derringer. His work has been reissued in the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy and Germany.
Refreshments will be served and books will be available for signing.  Reservations Required!  Call 765-285-8975 or e-mail

The Writers Guild at Bloomington
Lemonstone: a reading series
Friday, August 15,  7:00 to 8:45 p.m.
Featuring Doris Lynch, poet; Mary Sexson, poet; Scott Kellogg, musician
Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery, 309 East Third Street


Indiana Historical Society Author Series

August 19
Noon to 1 p.m.
Multipurpose Room

Thomas Mason

Writing Local History Today guides local historians through the process of researching, writing and publishing their work. Thomas Mason presents a step-by-step advice to guide aspiring authors to a successful publication and focus – not only on how to write well– but also how to market and sell their work.

Catholic Boy Blues:  A Poet's Journal of Healing

Norbert Krapf,
Indiana Poet Laureate 2008 to 2010, winner of the 2014 Glick Indiana Authors Award (Regional), reads from poems in the book in four voices (the boy, the man, the priest, and Mr. Blues, an advisor and healer), question and answer, and book signing.   Lynn Pittman, LCSW and Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Raina Jones from Family Service, Inc. will be present as local resources.  Viewpoint Books will have copies of Catholic Boy Blues for sale.

© 2012 Richard Fields

Thursday, August 21, 6:30 p.m.
Red Room, Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus, IN
Contact: Mary Clare Speckner Adult Programming Coordinator Bartholomew County Public Library 536 Fifth Street  Columbus IN 47201 812-379-1272  


The Spoken Word Stage at the Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts
Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
and supported in part by the Bloomington Arts Commission
and the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts & Crafts

Saturday, August 30, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 31, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: at the Corner of 4th Street and Dunn.

The Writers Guild at Bloomington once again presents the Spoken Word Stage at this year’s Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts. The Spoken Word Stage features poets, fiction writers, storytellers, the live radio theatre, comedy, collaborative music/theatre performances, and Poetry On Demand.

Always popular, Poetry On Demand gives you the opportunity to order up a poem on a theme, subject, or idea of your choice and, for a suggested donation, a poet will concoct a personalized masterpiece of wordsmithery inspired by you!  Visit us at the Writers Guild’s table by the Stage and chat with a guild member. We’d love to meet and speak with you!

This event is free and open to the public. Go here to see the schedule of performers:


Greenwood Public Library Writer's Group

Monday, August 11
6:00-7:30 pm

Join us for this writers' critique group, a place where beginning and Join us for this writers' critique group, a place where beginning and veteran writers can receive feedback on their work. All genres of work are accepted.  Readers and those who enjoy books are also welcome as  their feedback is important. If you'd  like to have a sample of your work critiqued at the group, please email your sample to Valerie at 
We hope to see you!

Written by Indiana Writers Center — August 02, 2014

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