Classes & Workshops: Fiction

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

  • 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

  • World Building

    Instructor: Maurice Broaddus
    Date: Saturday, March 14
    Time: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Whether your story takes place in a far off land or an alternate version of an existing one; whether it is extrapolating science into futuristic technologies with its impact on society or conjuring new forms of magic, making your world... learn more

  • The Life and Times of Writing a Novel

    Instructor: James Naremore
    Date: 6 Wednesdays: March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    Time: 6:30-9:00 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $375 nonmembers, $240 members, $210 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
    Class limited to ten.

    Writing long-form fiction is a complicated and arduous process. It can be compared to taking a long journey into unknown territories, usually into the writer herself.

    In this class we will expand on this process, looking at... learn more

  • It’s A Mystery -- A three hour intensive mystery writing workshop

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

    Some mystery novels are gritty and dark, while others are light and funny.  No matter what type of mystery novel you are writing, all of them have basic elements that require attention and skill.  This class will be part lecture, part workshop, with plenty of room for discussion... learn more


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