Classes & Workshops

All our classes meet at the home of the IWC located in the Circle City Industrial Complex unless otherwise noted in the workshop listing.
  • 2020 Gathering of Writers 2020 Gathering of Writers

    Instructors: Various
    Date: Saturday, March 28, 2020 
    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Indiana State Library
    Early Bird Pricing available through Feb 15
    Members: $79, Member + Master Class/Micheal Poore: $129
    Nonmember: $149, Nonmember + Master Class/Michael Poore $199
    Gathering Pricing After February 15
    Members: $99, Member + Master Class/Micheal Poore: $149
    Nonmember: $175, Nonmember + Master Class/Michael Poore $225

    Not a member? Join now to receive significant savings on this program and... learn more

  • Writers Boot Camp II

    Instructor: Tracy Line
    Date:  Saturday, January 25
    Time:  1–4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    In Beginning Writers Boot Camp you gained techniques for how to move forward on your writing.  You've made progress, but there is more work to be done. So, what next? Participants in this class will learn how to maintain momentum, identify next steps for their project, and figure... learn more

  • Overcoming Perfectionism: How to Use Your Writing Process to Finish that Draft

    Instructor: Michelle Niemann
    Date: Sunday, January 26
    Time: 2-5 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 Nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members 

    Does perfectionism slow your writing process down? Do you find yourself tweaking the same paragraph or section over and over—and then discovering that in fact you need to jettison it entirely? Do you have a draft of an essay, memoir, or novel... learn more

  • Advanced Playwriting

    Instructor: Mark Harvey Levine
    Date: 8 Saturday Sessions: February 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; March 7, 14, 21
    Time: 10:00am-12:30pm
    Location: Marian University in Marian Hall 006A
    Cost: $500 nonmembers, $320 members, $280 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Okay, you’ve taken the Foundations class….now what?  You understand the basic elements of narrative construction and know how to use them….mostly.  You’ve written at least one short play, maybe you want to... learn more

  • Writing Your First Novel

    Instructor: Larry Sweazy
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    ate: Saturday, February 1
    Time:  1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members 

    Here’s the big secret about writing first novels: The hardest part writing a first novel is finishing it. Great ideas tire out. Real life gets in the way. Doubt over takes the dream. In this interactive workshop, Larry D. Sweazy will share proven tips and help... learn more

  • An Eye for the Weird

    Instructor:  Sarah Gerkensmeyer
    Date: Sunday, February 2
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 Nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members 

    How can the strange, the uncanny, and the unordinary help give us more direct access to our characters’ ordinary, human experiences?  This class will explore how some “weird” writers like myself work with a careful balance of the ordinary and the unordinary, the naturalistic... learn more

  • Fiction Writing Workshop

    Instructor: Robert Kent
    Date:  5 Sunday Sessions: February 2, 9, 16, 23; March 1
    Time: 5-7 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $275 nonmembers, $185 members, $165 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
    Class size limited to 10 students
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    The cost of this class includes a $25 critiquing fee, to be remitted by IWC directly to the instructor, for work... learn more

  • Grit Memoirs: Writing Stories of Resistance and Resilience

    Instructor: Darolyn Jones
    Date: Saturday, Feb 8
    Time:  1–4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Join Lyn Jones, Education Outreach Director, to learn how to write and tell your stories of surviving and thriving, stories of personal grit.  Jones will walk you through some grit strategies, give you time to write to a section of prompts, and then engage in some revision work. ... learn more

  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop

    Instructor: Tracy Line
    Date:  4 Wednesday Sessions: February 12, 19, 26; March 4
    Time:  1–3 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $200 nonmembers, $128 members, $112 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    So many of us have been shaped by our life experiences. We have stories to tell but don't know where to begin. In this 4-week class participants will gain an understanding of creative non-fiction and learn techniques for writing an engaging... learn more

  • Social Media Marketing for Busy Authors: How to Efficiently Build Your Online Platform

    Instructor: Leslie D. Davis
    Date:  Saturday, February 15
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Even if you're relatively fluent in social media, how can you market your book there without taking unnecessary hours away from your writing time?

    Building a social media presence is a necessary part of the job for most authors, and even if you grew up with platforms like... learn more


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