2017 Gathering of Writers

Writing Well-Done: How Do You Know Your Work is Reader Ready?

Fiction writer Bryan Leung, will address this topic in his keynote lecture for this year’s Gathering of Writers, “Raw, Rare, Medium, or Well-done: When can You Stick a Fork in It? (vegetarian version)”.

Leung offers a 100% guarantee that the moment his lecture is over, “…you will know with absolute certainty when any piece of writing you are working on is done, complete, fin.”

Though, he says, Restrictions may apply: Side effects may include nausea, writer’s block, inner peace, turf toe, prolific output, self-doubt, self-confidence, mixed metaphors, and/or a lifetime of satisfying manuscripts. You will learn ways to know when your story, poem, essay, or play is finished—and much, much more.

Join us at the Indiana Landmarks Center when Indiana's best established and emerging writers will meet for a full day of classes on the writing craft.  Sessions in poetry, fiction, playwriting and creative nonfiction will be presented by nine accomplished Indiana writers, including Andrew Black, Brian Brodeur, Mary Ann Cain, Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Jean Harper, George Kalamaras, Adrian Matejka, Michael McColly and Greg Schwipps.  You’ll leave full of inspiration, armed with ideas to reach the moment when you know your work is well-done—along with a hundred other writers who feel the same way.  

Brian Leung is the author of Take Me Home (HarperCollins) which was a recipient of a Willa Award for Historical Fiction, World Famous Love Acts (Sarabande Books) the recipient of both the Mary McCarthy Award in Short Fiction and the Asian American Literary Award for fiction, and the well-received novel, Lost Men (Random House). In 2012 Lambda Literary Foundation presented him with its Mid-Career Novelist Award. Brian’s fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous anthologies as well as Story, Numero Cinq, The Ocean State Review, Crazyhorse, Grain, Gulf Coast, Kinesis, The Barcelona Review, Mid-American Review, Salt Hill, Gulf Stream, River City, Runes, The Bellingham Review, Hyphen, Velocity, The Connecticut Review, Blithe House Quarterly, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crowd, and in the short story anthologies, The Habit of Art, Law and Disorder, and Altered States. He is also the co-author of the non-fiction humor title, Not Another Feel Good Singles Book.  For six years Professor Leung worked with the U.S. Department of State Institute on Contemporary U.S. Literature where, in his final year, he served as Principal Investigator and Director. He is a recipient of the University of Louisville's President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity, and a College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award at that same institution.  Currently, he serves as Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. A native of California, he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University. He has teaching experience in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, literary genre, and special topics in contemporary American literature. His writing interests include writing within difference and diversity including concerns surrounding race, class, gender, and sexuality. His novel, Ivy vs. Dogg is forthcoming from C&R press in fall, 2017.

Make your Gathering experience complete and take the Sunday Master Class with Brian Leung!  $75 nonmembers, $48 members, $42 student members/teacher members/senior members/military members/librarian members
Master Class: Revising Revision

$85 Members / $150 Nonmembers

*A limited number of scholarships are available for full-time students. They may be requested with a teacher recommendation. Email rachel@indianawriters.org 

Lunch will be guaranteed for all attendees who pre-register by 03/21/2017.

Special Scholarship Opportunity:
One scholarship available for a woman in financial need, who has overcome or lives with a learning disability, or a disability of another kind.  Please submit a 250 word statement which describes your need and how you would benefit from going to the Gathering of Writers. This scholarship was made possible by donation, and includes registration for the Gathering of Writers on Saturday, March 25th, as well as the Master Class with Brian Leung on Sunday, March 26th. Non-transferable.
Email your statement to rachel@indianawriters.org.


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