Classes & Workshops: Beginner

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

    Instructor: Bryan Furuness
    Date: 2 Wednesdays: August 12, 19
    Time: 6:30-8:00PM EST
    Location: Zoom
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Got an idea you just can’t get down? Got a half-finished story you don’t know what to do with? Been thinking about writing for a long time and just not doing it? Wonder how to connect with other writers in the Indianapolis area? This... learn more

  • Poetry as Memoir: Defining Moments in a Life Poetry as Memoir: Defining Moments in a Life

    Instructor:  Kyle D.Craig
    Date: 5 Saturday Sessions: August 29; September 19; October 24; November 21; December 19
    Time: 9:30AM-12:00PM Eastern
    Location: Zoom
    Cost: $338 nonmembers, $225 members, $200 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members 
    *The cost of this class includes a $25 critiquing fee, to be remitted by IWC directly to the instructor, for work critiqued 

    Each life has its crossroads, defining moments that determine its direction.  In... learn more

  • I'm Done Writing, What Now?: Revising that Completed Short Story or Novel I'm Done Writing, What Now?: Revising that Completed Short Story or Novel

    Instructor: Angela Jackson-Brown
    Date: Sunday, August 30
    Time:  1:00-4:00 PM Eastern
    Location: Zoom
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    You finished a draft of your novel! Congratulations! That’s HUGE. So...now what? Now, you revise. You know that writing is revising, of course, but that doesn’t mean that the revision process isn’t often daunting and mysterious. In this class, designed for writers who have a completed draft of a... learn more

  • Introduction to Playwriting

    Instructor: Lylanne Musselman
    Date: Tuesday, September 1
    Time:  6:30PM–9:30PM Eastern
    Location: Zoom
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Have you ever wanted to write a play and see it come to life on stage? Not sure where to start? In this session you will be introduced to the elements of playwriting: plot, theme, character, setting, dialogue, and action. We will discuss the differences between monologues, 10-minute plays, one-acts, and... learn more

  • Becoming and Unbecoming: Exploring Our Moving Narratives Becoming and Unbecoming: Exploring Our Moving Narratives

    Instructor: Manon Voice
    Date:  Sunday, September 13
    Time: 1:00-4:00PM Eastern
    Location: Zoom
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Writing presents the opportunity to delve into our personal narratives and find the links and connections that sculpt our identity. Events and moments in life make up who we are in the world, how we see the world, and how we interact with it. It can be fascinating, insightful,... learn more

  • Where are we?: Creating Memorable Setting

    Instructor: Angela Jackson-Brown
    Date: Sunday, September 20
    Time:  1:00-4:00 PM Eastern
    Location: Zoom
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    The setting of the story often operates as an extra antagonist in a story. If we, as writers, handle setting appropriately, we can often reveal things about our characters that only setting will allow. The Wizard of Oz was a tremendous canvas for the reader to see just what... learn more

  • 2020 Gathering of Writers 2020 Gathering of Writers

    Instructors: Faculty Bios
    Dates: Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27
    Time: Schedule
    Location: Zoom (info forthcoming)
    Cost: Members: $99; Member + Fiction Intensive/Michael Poore: $149
    Nonmember: $175; Nonmember + Fiction Intensive/Michael Poore $225

    Whether we are writing to connect, understand, entertain, or discover, memory and imagination provide the context for what’s created on the page. This year the... learn more

  • Generative Fiction Workshop: Getting Feedback on your Works in Progress

    Instructor:  Angela Jackson-Brown
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    ate: 6 Sundays: October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8
    Time: 1:00-4:00PM Eastern
    Location: Zoom
    Cost: $475 nonmembers, $313 members, $277 student/teacher/senior/military/librarian members  
    *The cost of this class includes a $25 manuscript fee, to be remitted by IWC directly to the instructor, for work critiqued outside of class time.

    This workshop is generative, and... learn more

  • Compiling Your Chapbook

    Instructor: Lylanne Musselman
    Date:  Wednesday, October 28
    Time:  6:30–9:30PM Eastern
    Location: Zoom
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members


    Have you been thinking of putting together your poems or flash fiction into a chapbook but aren’t sure where to start? Are you unsure of what a chapbook is or what to do with one once you’ve put it together? Come to the Compiling Your Chapbook workshop and you will get answers... learn more

  • Making Hybrid Home Making Hybrid Home

    Instructor: Kristine Esser Slentz
    Date: Saturday, November 7
    Time: 1:00-4:00PM Eastern
    Location: Zoom
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Come hangout into the world of poetic hybridity! We’ll join Theresa Cha as she studies the body through Korean history by way of wordy images, run into wooden cutouts and words with Erica Hunt and Mark Nowak will show us coal mines... learn more


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