Featuring the launch of A Commotion in Your Heart by Barbara Shoup
Friday, September 20
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Where: Schwitzer Gallery of the Circle City Industrial Complex
1125 Brookside Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46202

Join us on Friday, September 20 from 6-8 PM to celebrate the fortieth anniversary, and beyond, with the launch of A Commotion in Your Heart by Barbara Shoup. Our event program features a reading from Barbara Shoup, Rachel Sahaidachny, and IWC writers and students.

We’ll share drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Book signing will follow. Music provided by Nick Ivanovich.

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Barbara Shoup is the author eight novels, including Night Watch, Wish You Were Here, Stranded in Harmony, Faithful Women, Vermeer’s Daughter, Everything You Want, An American Tune, and Looking for Jack Kerouac and the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process and Story Matters. Her short fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous small magazines, as well as in The Writer and The New York Times Travel Section. Her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Vermeer’s Daughter was a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Young Adults. She is the recipient of numerous grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, two creative renewal grants from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the 2006 PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, and the 2012 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Regional Indiana Author Award. She is the former Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center and our current Writer-in-Residence.

$40/person (includes a copy of A Commotion in Your Heart: Notes on Writing and Life)

$60/couple (includes one copy of the book)

Go here to register for this event. (You must pre-register to attend this event.)

A Commotion in Your Heart: Notes on Writing and Life “is a memoir about the writing life,” Shoup said. Told in vignettes that focus on moments of understanding about what writing is, and is not, the book charts Shoup’s journey from her childhood dream of becoming an author through the ups and downs of publishing, “as well as the joys of teaching aspiring writers of all ages,” she said. 

"Some writers just write. That's enough for them. But over time I became obsessed with the process of writing stories as I was with the stories themselves. Those moments of intuition never fail to excite me. It's tempting to say that they feel like pieces of a puzzle clicking into place—they do feel that way—but it's a puzzle that can never be solved. How can you expect to understand how the human mind works when creating a story, when all you have is a human mind to understand it with? It's impossible, of course. But writers are people who keep trying anyway."

"Barbara Shoup is one of the best writing teachers I know, and also a kick-ass writer herself. This book of writing advice from her is something all writers, aspiring and experienced, will want."              
- SJ Rozan, best-selling author of Paper Son                    

"A Commotion in Your Heart should be on every writer's bookshelf, next to Bird by Bird, Writing Down the Bones, and Welty's One Writer's Beginnings. Reading it is like
having a writing partner who hands you tools but also knows exactly what you're going through at every stage of the process and inspires with her tenacity, wisdom,
and humor."  - Susan Neville, author of Iconography: A Writer's Meditation
"A Commotion in Your Heart is a book I didn't know I needed until I read it. Readers will be drawn in by Shoup's voice, but they'll keep turning pages because of how effortlessly she offers insight into the writing practice by sharing all she has learned from writing and publishing eight novels." 
- Melissa Fraterrigo, author of Glory Days

Get your copy of A Commotion in Your Heart: Notes on Writing and Life here.  


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Written by Roxanna Santoro — September 03, 2019

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