2019 Gathering of Writers

See you Next Year!

Write Where You Are

Join us at the Indiana State Library when Indiana's best established and emerging writers will meet for a full day of classes on the writing craft. Featuring a keynote address and master class from award winning author Ross Gay, and breakout sessions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting presented by Callista Buchen, Thomas Chiarella, Chris Forhan, Kate Gehan, Silas Hansen, Allyson Horton,  Angela Jackson-Brown, Larry D. Sweazy and Chris White. You’ll leave full of inspiration, armed with writing drafts ripe for experimentation—along with a hundred other writers who feel the same way.

Keynote:  "The Practice of Looking"
The Book of Delights is a book made of the daily practice, or discipline,of attending to one's life.  This talk will wonder about how such looking might open windows.

Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. The Book of Delights, is forthcoming from Algonquin Press in February 2019.

Master Class: “Making a Way Together” The Master Class is filled to Capacity
In this three-hour generative poetry workshop, we will stoke our imaginations by (often collaboratively) writing and making a way together, exploring new approaches of looking at our connection to each other and the world.

The master class, with National Book Award Nominee Ross Gay, will be held on the afternoon of the Gathering at the same time as the afternoon breakout sessions. You must register in advance to attend, and all master class registrations include registration for the Gathering of Writers.

Gathering Location and Parking


 Members $85, Nonmembers $150
Walk in registrations are Welcome on Saturday!* (it will decrease your processing time, if you bring a completed registration form with you. You can download and print a form below.)

Full-time Students (with ID) are eligible for a discounted registration. They may be requested with a teacher recommendation. Email rachel@indianawriters.org 

*If registering after 3/5 it is recommended to bring a lunch, as the lunch deadline has passed.

Your registration includes a guaranteed lunch if you registered by 03/05/2019 4PM. Vegetarian options available by request. Please call 317-255-0710 if you have specific food allergies, or dietary restrictions. We will attempt to accommodate your request, but cannot yet guarantee all needs can be met, due to catering limitations.


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© Indiana Writers Center 2012

© Indiana Writers Center 2012