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.
  • Sport Literate: Honest Reflections on Life’s Leisurely Diversions

    Instructor: Bill Meiners & Nick Reading
    Date:  Saturday, October 26
    Time:  9 a.m.–12 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Join editor-in-chief, Bill Meiners, and poetry editor, Nick Reading, for a day of reading, writing, and editing. In this workshop we will look at the tradition of writing about sport in literature. With a focus on creative nonfiction and poems, we will use the literary journal... learn more

  • Becoming and Unbecoming: Exploring our moving narratives

    Instructor: Manon Voice
    Date:  Saturday, October 26
    Time:  1–4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    We all have our narratives, the ongoing story we tell ourselves and others about ourselves. These narratives shape our paradigmatic worldview and perhaps even dictate the everyday decisions we make. It can be fascinating, insightful, challenging and perhaps even transformative to look at our narratives and explore what and who... learn more

  • What Makes a Character Live?

    Instructor: SJ Rozan
    Date: Sunday, October 27
    Time: 2:00-5:00 pm
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Some characters stick in readers' minds long after the end of a book. How does a writer create those characters, people so real that the reader misses them once the story's over? Is it dialogue, physical attributes, action, inner thoughts? It's all these things and more. Join SJ Rozan,... learn more

  • Surrealism & The Fun We’ll Have

    Instructor: Nick Reading
    Date:  Tuesday, October 29
    Time:  6:00 – 9:00 p.m
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Andre Breton defines surrealism in Le Manifesto du Surrealisme (1924) as: "Pure psychic automatism by which it is intended to express, either verbally or in writing, the true function of thought. Thought dictated in the absence of all control exerted by reason, and outside all aesthetic or... learn more

  • World Building: Letters from Imaginary Places

    Instructor: Saundra Mitchell
    Date: Saturday, November 2
    Time:  12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $63 nonmembers, $40 members, $35 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    In this workshop, we're going to create a world together! Using the Dewey Decimal system, I will teach writers how to create, investigate and populate a new world for original fiction and non-fiction. As we work step by step through the elements of world building (what's the... learn more

  • The Basics of Self Publishing

    Instructor: Robert Kent
    Date: Sunday, November 3
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Editor Peggy Tierney says she receives thousands of manuscripts per year, reads perhaps fifty, and publishes only one or two. With publishers consolidating and purchasing fewer books each year, advances shrinking, and legacy contracts becoming more restrictive than ever – and with... learn more

  • Fairy Tale Lessons in Craft

    Instructor:  Sarah Gerkensmeyer
    Date: Monday, November 4
    Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 Nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members 

    What can any writer of any genre learn about craft from studying the fairytale? Fairytale scholars such as Kate Bernheimer, Jack Zipes, Phillip Pullman, and Italo Calvino would assert that all writers have a lot to learn from the fairytale, whether we are... learn more

  • Memoir Writing Master Class

    Instructor: Margaret McMullan
    Date:  Sunday, November 10
    Time: 1-4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Ready to write the story of your life? Or maybe just a portion of your life the way only you remember it?

    In this memoir writing workshop, we’ll talk about what separates memoir from general nonfiction, and then we will write. I’ll provide writing prompts, guidelines, and other materials... learn more

  • Writing Your First Novel

    Instructor: Larry Sweazy
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    ate: Saturday, November 16
    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

  • On Beyond NaNoWriMo: Strategies for Revising Your Novel

    Instructor: Barbara Shoup
    Date: Wednesday, December 4
    Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $63 nonmembers, $40 members, $35 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members

    So you got through NaNoWriMo, one way or another, and you've got all those words—the first draft of a novel. But what are you supposed to do now? In this class, IWC Writer-in-Residence and novelist, Barbara Shoup, will offer a series of exercises to help you assess... learn more


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