For more than forty years the Indiana Writers Center has offered support for Indiana writers of all levels by providing opportunities and community, resources, and education.

The global pandemic has caused a great disruption in our programming. Out of concern for our community and with respect for our civic leaders' requests, we have cancelled all in-person programming for the foreseeable future. This decision will ultimately impact the scope of our goals in the long run.

We are navigating a new world like so many others. We ask you to consider purchasing a limited edition canvas tote bag or consider a donation to help us continue to ensure the IWC's support of writers for another 40 years! Go here to get your tote, and view our fundraiser.

The Indiana Writers Center (IWC) recognizes the power of stories and advocates for writing and literature as essential to a community that values clarity of communication and honors diversity, tolerance, and compassion. We believe our programs make our community a better place. Writing is not a solitary experience. The best writers learn from others.

Since 1979 access to successful working writers through the IWC’s various programs provides basic education for beginning writers and offers ongoing instruction, support, and encouragement to those already on the path. Established writers are connected with their readers and new audiences. We actively partner with other organizations in our community in effort to amplify diverse voices. We bring writers together through multiple literary programs. We offer more than 75 classes a year in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, playwriting, memoir, the business of writing, and more, all taught by published writers. Our annual Gathering of Writers serves over 100 writers providing features a nationally recognized, Indiana author for a keynote speech, intensive writing workshop, plus breakout sessions with nine other Indiana writers. Our newly established Writer-in-Residence program provides mentoring and allows additional opportunities to take writing into the community. Our critique groups provide support and feedback for writers in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.We provide support for developing playwrights through the Indiana Playwrights Circle which offers playwrights weekly scene nights, monthly table reads, bi-monthly networking events, and manuscript critiques.

Since 2009 IWC has partnered with more than 80 community organizations. Through our partnership with Indianapolis Marion County Public Library we offer more than 35 free writing workshops and book discussions at branches throughout the city. Our summer learning program, Building a Rainbow, teaches at-risk youth in Indianapolis to write about their lives, and share their story. Our "Memoir Project" provides free writing workshops for under-served audiences, such as, seniors, veterans, homeless women and children, and inmates in correctional facilities. Awarded the NUVO Newsweekly’s Cultural Vision Award in 2016, IWC continues to be recognized as the only comprehensive writing center of its kind in Indiana, or even the Midwest. A 2018 Expedia feature, “Where Have You Seen Amazing Art?”, noted the IWC in its description of arts in Indianapolis. In May 2019 IWC was featured in The Independent Book Review's “10 Literary Organizations Promoting Writing Centers, Classes, and Community.

We Appreciate All You Do to Support the Indiana Writers Center
We envision a thriving center where Indiana writers build the writing skills appropriate to their goals and experience the healing, empowering and joyful benefits that engaging in the creative process brings. It is support from community and the relationships built over time which make this vision possible. Thank you to our members, donors, teachers, and volunteers. Your necessary support ensures that we can reach even more writers in the community, and fulfill our mission. Thank you to all the individuals who attend our programs and events, submit to and read our literary journal The Flying Island, for staying connected through our weekly eblast, for the follows and shares on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and for sharing your literary news and events with us.

If you would like to give directly to the organization, we accept donations at:
The Indiana Writers Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

Written by Rachel Sahaidachny — April 06, 2020

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