Classes & Workshops: Beginner

Please note: Most of our classes now meet at the new home of the IWC located in the Circle City Industrial ComplexThe ones that do not will list the alternate location in the class description.
  • 2019 Gathering of Writers 2019 Gathering of Writers Instructors: Various
    Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019
    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    Location: Indiana State Library
    Members $85, Nonmembers $150
    The Master Class with Ross Gay is filled to capacity.

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  • Pilgrimage: Travel to Places of Sanctuary and Sacred History

    Instructor: Michael McColly
    Date: Saturday, March 2
    Time: 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Perhaps the very beginning of travel writing began with pilgrimages chronicling their journeys to seek wisdom, transformation, and inspiration to numinous landscapes, shrines of nature, places deemed divine or significant because of historical events, or human-made structures sanctified by ritual and... learn more

  • Discounted Class Combo with Robert Kent

    Instructor: Robert Kent
    Date: Sunday, March 3, 10
    Time: 1–4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $135 nonmembers, $86 members, $76 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    This discounted combo includes Finishing Your First Novel (and your second) and The Basics of Self Publishing.

    Finishing Your First Novel:

    Confession: when someone tells me, usually in a conspiratorial tone, "you know, I've always wanted to write a... learn more

  • Finishing Your First Novel (and your second)

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

    Confession: when someone tells me, usually in a conspiratorial tone, "you know, I've always wanted to write a novel," I have to forcibly resist replying, "I've always wanted to perform brain surgery, I just haven't studied brains or operation procedures." Writing a novel... learn more

  • Be the Scene

    Instructor: Candace Denning
    Date: 4 Tuesdays: March 5, 12, 19, and 26
    Time:  1–3 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $200 nonmembers, $128 members, $112 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    The foundation of a story or novel begins with scene building. A good way to imagine a scene is to put yourself in the scene as an invisible observer. What do you see, hear, feel? What is happening? Are characters arguing? About what?... learn more

  • The Basics of Self Publishing

    Instructor: Robert Kent
    Date: Sunday, March 10
    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

  • Elements of Craft Combo

    Instructor: Luke Wortley
    Date: 2 Mondays: March 18, 25
    Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC 
    Cost: $135 Nonmembers, $86 members, $76 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members 

    Sometimes it's just good to get back to the basics and discuss, in depth, the component parts of prose. A lot of us get bogged down in the task of transmuting our own ideas into narrative, believing that complete stories... learn more

  • Elements of Craft: Character, Setting, Plot, Dialogue

    Instructor: Luke Wortley
    Date: Monday, March 18
    Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC 
    Cost: $75 Nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members 

    Sometimes it's just good to get back to the basics and discuss, in depth, the component parts of prose. A lot of us get bogged down in the task of transmuting our own ideas into narrative, believing that complete stories just fall... learn more

  • Finding Your Memoir Essay through Play

    Instructor: Melissa Fraterrigo
    Date: Thursday, March 21
    Time: 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $63 nonmembers, $40 members, $35 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Remember those blocks you played with as a child and how one day you could use them to create a castle with a bubbling moat and the next they became lounge chairs for Barbie as she stretched out poolside? Oftentimes when we have a... learn more

  • Getting Your Ten-Minute Play Produced

    Instructor: Mark Harvey Levine
    Date: Thursday, March  21
    Time:  7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $63 nonmembers, $40 members, $35 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    You've written a play, now what?  You've got to get it on stage. This class will teach you how to get your play produced. Students will learn how to find theaters, festivals and contests that are actively looking for plays like... learn more


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