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.
  • 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 + Fiction Intensive/Michael Poore: $129
    Nonmember: $149, Nonmember + Fiction Intensive/Michael Poore $199
    Gathering Pricing After February 15
    Members: $99, Member + Fiction Intensive/Michael Poore: $149
    Nonmember: $175, Nonmember + Fiction Intensive/Michael Poore $225

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

  • A Workshop for Your Writing Process

    Instructor: Michelle Niemann
    Date: 4 Sunday Sessions: Feb 16, 23; March 1, 8
    Time: 2-5 p.m.
    Location: Marian University in Marian Hall 006A
    Cost: $300 Nonmembers, $192 members, $168 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members 

    We know how important it is to workshop drafts, but sometimes it's our writing process itself that needs revision. Writing is hard. It's messy and recursive, and there are no easy shortcuts. But by... learn more

  • Memoir Writing with a Purpose

    Instructor: Jeff Rasley
    Date: Saturday, February 22
    Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members 

    The class is appropriate for published and unpublished memoir writers. Whether you are writing to preserve your personal story for your family or you are writing to sophisticated literati, your memoir should have a theme and purpose beyond duplicating diary entries. The class will help... learn more

  • How to Write a Query Letter that will Attract an Agent's Attention

    Instructor: Angela Jackson-Brown
    Date: Saturday, February 22
    Time:  1:30-4:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    This course will provide useful tips on how to write an effective query letter that gets an agent's attention, presents you as an appealing potential client, and introduces your work in the most saleable way. Broken into three sections, class topics will cover the query letter and how you... learn more


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