Story, Poem, Essay:  Which Door Will You Choose

Whether you think of yourself as a poet, fiction writer, or essayist, sometimes you have an idea that just doesn’t seem to fit into the usual genre. Or maybe you’d like to take a break from the usual and try something new with an idea begging for words. Fiction writer and essayist Susan Neville will explore new ways to think about your ideas that will enrich your creative process and expand your understanding of what your material might become in her keynote address, “Poem, Story, or Essay: Which Door to Choose?”

Join us at the Indiana State Library when Indiana's best established and emerging writers will meet for a full day of classes on the writing craft.  Sessions in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction will be presented by nine accomplished Indiana writers, including Nancy Botkin, Jill Christman, Curtis Crisler, Angela Jackson-Brown, Sarah Layden, Sean Lovelace, Mark Neely, Kelcey Parker-Ervick and Barbara Shoup.  You’ll leave full of inspiration, armed with writing drafts ripe for experimentation—along with a hundred other writers who feel the same way. 

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Susan Neville is the author of four works of creative nonfiction: Indiana Winter, Fabrication: Essays on Making Things and making Meaning; Twilight in Arcadia; Iconography: A Writer’s Meditation and Sailing the Inland Sea. Her prize-winning collections of short fiction include In the House of Blue Lights, winner of the Richard Sullivan Prize and Invention of Flight, winner of the Flanner O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. Her stories have appeared in the Pushcart Prize Anthology and in other anthologies, including Extreme Fiction and The Story Behind the Story. Recent stories and essays have appeared or will appear in The Southwest Review, The Missouri Review, The Collagist, Diagram, and Image. She lives in Indianapolis and is the Demia Professor of English at Butler University.


$80 Members / $150 Nonmembers

Full-time Students (with ID) are eligible for a discounted registration. They may be requested with a teacher recommendation. Email 

Lunch will be guaranteed for all attendees who pre-register by 03/21/2018.
(Please brown bag your lunch, if you decide to register after this date.  We will not be buying extra meals this year.)


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Written by Roxanna Santoro — February 28, 2018

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