Okay, new name. We argued about this one. Change? Don’t Change? It got a little heated sometimes. Maybe everybody’s still not positive that we did the right thing. If you’re not so sure yourself, we hope you come around. 

It’s clean and streamlined, just like us. No pesky apostrophe; everyone hated that.

Plus, everyone calls us “The Writers Center,” anyway.

And new logo.

Tolstoy said, “Clarity is beauty.”

We write.

‘Nuff said.

In this day and age, small not-for-profit organizations survive by staying light. But honing in on the most fundamental needs of the communities they serve and creating a long-range plan to meet those needs, making the very best of the talents and resources that are available to them.

That is what I’ve tried to do since having taken over as the Executive Director of the Writers’ Center in January, 2009—and I’m very happy that the Center is thriving as we enter 2013.

We know what we do and we do it well.

  • Classes for writers working at all levels, from beginning to master
  • The Annual Gathering of Writers
  • Free writing groups for members
  • Online resources
  • Literary news from around the state
  • Community-based memoir projects
  • Summer learning programs for Indianapolis youth
  • Sound advice on publishing matters

We’re rich in the resources that matter most: passion, creativity, discipline and heart. Our staff works tirelessly to keep our office running and uphold our program standards. Our Board of Directors is extraordinarily committed to the Center, overseeing our business affairs and sharing their expertise in a variety of ways.

For example, it was one of our board members who created this brilliant new website for us. Among the new features you'll find here is an improved course catalogue, searchable by genre, level and frequency, a store featuring our InWords publications (and, soon, other Writers Center merchandise), and a news center on our front page with all the latest and greatest from the IWC.

How cool is that?

Click to enter, your first step toward enjoying the new Writers Center.

May 2013 be your happiest, most creative year ever!


Barbara Shoup

Written by Barbara Shoup — January 10, 2013



That pesky apostrophe is grammatically correct. Shouldn’t a writers’ center care about that? Seems pretty basic.

January 24 2013 at 05:01 PM

Barbara Shoup:

We researched this. The Chicago Style Manual, does not use an apostrophe in “Textile Workers Union of America,” which is an example that parallels “Writers Center” somewhat. Also, It’s not “United Nations’ Security Council”; it’s “United Nations Security Council.” So we’re on solid grammatical ground here.

January 26 2013 at 06:01 PM

Loretta Stradley:

Interesting topic, apostrophe. In Central Indiana Writers’ Association they use it in their name. Oh, look, see?

When I moved their website, a couple of times, I had to make sure to keep it there, too.

March 26 2014 at 06:03 AM

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