Have a short story, poem or other work you're just dying to share? Check out these publication, workshop and contest opportunities:

Knox County Public Library :2nd Annual Southern Indiana Writers Festival

Join us November 2 for our second annual writers' event from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration is $30. Workshops will be offered by noted authors Margaret McMullan, James Alexander Thom, and Howard Andrew Jones. An Author Meet & Greet session from 12 p.m.-2 p.m. is free and open to the public. Register at the circulation desk or go to the Literacy section on our Services tab to register online. For more information call Judy at 812-886-4380 ext. 34.  Click here to download the flyer


Workshops @ the Greenwood Public Library

Local Author Fair
Sat | Nov 9 | 1-4pm
Get a jump start on your Holiday shopping by visiting the Greenwood Public Library's Local Author Fair! Visit with dozens of local authors, hear
their stories, and get a chance to purchase their published works.

Skype with Author Kimberly McCreight
Mon | Nov 11 | 6pm
Come join us here at the library as we host author Kimberly McCreight over Skype this evening for National Novel Writing Month. Kimberly McCreight's
debut novel, "Reconstructing Amelia" has won critical acclaim. She will be discussing her book plus talking about the process of getting her book
published. Learn more

Marketing Your Work with Sandy James
Thurs | Nov 14 | 6pm
You've written a novel and are looking into self-publishing, now what? Marketing is often an area that writers are unprepared for once their
novel is published. Experienced author, Sandy James will be here to talk about her experience with marketing. She'll go over how authors can use
social media and a web presence for their benefit as they get the word out about their work.  Learn more

How to Self-Publish an eBook
Tues | Dec 3 | 6pm
Interested in self-publishing an e-book? This class will offer some basic checklists to address every new author's most common questions about ebook
formatting, conversion, cover images, ISBNs, copyright, piracy, pricing and distribution.  Learn more

Get Published with Colleen Coble
Thurs | Dec 12 | 6pm
You've spent long hours working on your novel. Now that it's finished, what do you do next? Come learn about the traditional publishing process
and get some tips on preparing your manuscripts from published author, Colleen Coble.  Learn more



Writers, Readers, and Poets Society of Brown County
Saturday November 2, 2013
Brown County Public Library
9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.   
$15.00 suggested donation covers lunch and workshop
Contact: Pam Raider at psage9@aol.com or 812-988-0035   


One Day Workshop at the Fremont Public Library

Essentials on Constructing the Novel
Instructor: Bill Brooks
Saturday, November 2
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (bring your lunch)
Fremont Public Library, Fremont, Indiana

This one-day workshop will cover all the essentials of constructing the novel: Creating a likable protagonist, conflict, building blocks of plot, scene, dialogue, action and resolution. The last hour or so will be spent on marketing your novel, i.e., finding an agent or editor through query.  To register, call the Fremont Public Library (260-495-7157). Those with questions regarding the class, email Bill Brooks at pen95@yahoo.com. The class is limited to twelve participants.

BILL BROOKS has written nearly 30 historical novels, including the Stone Garden: The Epic Life of Billy the Kid, selected by Booklist as one of the 10 Best Westerns of the past decade. He has taught fiction writing workshops throughout the country




2013 Fiction Contest

Entry Deadline: November 15th, 2013
Winners Announced: March 15th, 2014
Judges: Victor LaValle and Emily Raboteau
Entry Fee: $25.00

2013 One-Act Play Contest

Entry Deadline: November 1st, 2013
Winners Announced: March 1st, 2014
Judges: University of New Orleans’ Creative
Writing Workshop and the Department of Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts
Entry Fee: $25



Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts Seminar- An Initiative of Butler University's Center for Faith and Vocation

What is the Seminar?

Religion, Spirituality, and the Arts: A Symposium is a new initiative to bring people together from diverse artistic disciplines, practices and religious/spiritual perspectives for a sustained study and reflection on a Biblical text. Twelve selected participants will be part of a seminar that will engage the sacred text as they seek inspiration to create new work (music, poetry, visual art, dance, drama, narrative, liturgical art). These works will be shared in the seminar and in a final community exhibition at the end of April 2014.

Who are the Faculty?

Religious leader and author, Rabbi Sandy Sasso (who has been adjunct faculty at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary) will direct the seminar. The faculty will be professors of religion, creative writing, art, music, dance and theater from Butler University and theologians on the faculty of Christian Theological Seminary.

What to Expect:

A respectful and stimulating environment that is designed to nurture creativity.  A world class faculty from Butler and CTS from across the disciplines of religion and the arts.  A diverse group of students respectful of belief and non-belief.

Sessions will be held for 2.5 hours weekly for a total of six weeks and will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m.-8:30p.m. on the campus of Butler University.  Dates for Spring 2014: January 28, February 4, 11, 25, March 4, 18.

Get all the details and application requirements here.



Butler Bridge Program


The Butler Bridge workshops are designed to develop the writing skills of pre-college students(grades 3-12). Participation in such an individualized writing workshop program will help students prepare for college while also nurturing their talents and imaginations.  This semester we are particularly lucky to have YA writers Ben Winters and John Green on board! 
Go to http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ to get all the details.

If you are interested in signing up for any (OR ALL!) of the Butler Bridge Programs, please fill out a registration sheet found at http://www.butler.edu/english/writing-camp/butler-bridge/ or by emailing coordinator Mindy Dunn at butlerbridge@butler.edu. Your registration will be confirmed upon payment. 


Kid's Magazine


Indiana Kids magazine, a brand new family project (not a commercial one) written, edited and published for kids, about kids and by kids, is seeking submissions from Indiana kids across the state. 

This online quarterly magazine is a family project of the Miller and Anderson families of central Indiana, founded to teach our own family's Indiana kids how to work together, how to interview people (which involves a lot of listening), how to interpret and write about what they've learned, and to introduce them to many other interesting Indiana kids around the state they might otherwise not get to meet.  Please send us your poetry, short stories, art work and photography. Make sure the photographs are a jpg file. The drawings can be pdf files. The poems and stories can be either Microsoft Word or just written in the body of the email. 

If your submission fits the themes and mission of the magazine, we will publish it in future issues of Indiana Kids. Please send your work to indianakidsmag@gmail.com  and put "submission" in the subject line.  Please let us know what you would like to see us write about in Indiana Kids in future issues. Take a look at the magazine via this link: http://issuu.com/indianakids



Freight Stories   



The best new fiction on the web. Or anywhere else, for that matter.Freight Stories is now reading submissions for their next issue. Writers of excellent fiction should consider submitting via the online submission manager. Or drop in and read the stories in our current issue.




Poets & Writers: New Writing Contest Deadlines!


For information regarding writing contests and deadlines: Go to the Writing Contest Database

Written by Roxanna Santoro — October 01, 2013

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