Classes & Workshops: Nonfiction

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

  • 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

  • From Picture Books to Instagram: Using Illustrations and Photographs to Unstick Your Writing

    Instructor: Kaitlynn McShea
    Date: Sunday, March 24
    Time:  1–4 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    Do you feel “stuck” with your writing? Every writer is familiar with a bout of writer’s block, whether it be for an hour or a month. In this writing-based workshop, we will explore picture-based writing warm-ups to help unstick our writing. Come ready to write and share!


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  • Elements of Craft: Language, Style, Voice/Point of View, Symbols

    Instructor: Luke Wortley
    Date: Monday, March 25
    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

  • Launching an Online Freelance Writing Career

    Instructor: Laura Briggs
    Date: Saturday, March 30
    Time:  9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Location: IWC
    Cost: $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members

    During this class, students will learn about the current demand for online writing services, the different types of writing online clients need support with (such as blogs, whitepapers, and ebooks), how pitching for online work is different than traditional magazine pitching, and where to find work. Students... learn more

  • Tips for Successful Screenwriting: Do’s & Don’ts

    Instructor: Danny Chan
    Date: Wednesday, April 10
    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

    It’s been just you and the page all this time – but, now you’re ready to put your screenplay out into the world. How should you proceed? How and where do you start submitting?

    Danny Chan, CEO of Almost Never Films, shares his insights to help you prepare... learn more


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