2020 Gathering of Writers

 Writing Lives: Memory and Imagination

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 fiction intensive workshop from author Michael Poore, and breakout sessions in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and playwriting presented by Maria Hamilton Abegunde, Samuel Autman, Janine Harrison, Marc Hudson, Noley Reid, Barbara Shoup, Ania Spyra and others to be announced soon. You’ll leave full of inspiration, armed with writing drafts ripe for experimentation—along with a hundred other writers who feel the same way.

Michael Poore is the author of two novels for adults: Up Jumps the Devil (Ecco, 2012) and Reincarnation Blues (Del Rey, 2017), one novel for younger readers: Two Girls, a Clock, and a Crooked House (Random House Kids, 2019), as well numerous short stories. His story “The Street of the House of the Sun” appeared in The Year’s Best Nonrequired Reading 2012. Poore lives in Highland, Indiana with his wife, poet and activist Janine Harrison, and their daughter Jianna. As a taxi driver in the mid-1990s, he once inadvertently helped a man escape from jail.

"Playing the Dying Man"
It will be based on the idea that we, as writers, and the characters we create, do not exist as 'themselves.' To quote Peter Schieldahl, from his New Yorker article 'The Art of Dying': "Do you imagine that we speak "as ourselves"? No such selves exist."

Fiction Intensive with Michael Poore:
Big Drama / Little Drama: Making the Awesome Relatable
(or: Stories That Read Like a House on Fire)

This class will challenge participants to bring a more personal lens to characters facing epic conflicts. Whether we're talking about short work or full-length projects, characters in trouble on a large scale run the risk of being overwhelmed and defined by their challenges. We'll talk about and practice ways to use imagination and personal experience to make the awesome more relatable, and find the key to the universe in a lost ballcap or an argument about a foot massage. We will examine literature in which this technique appears to good effect, and delve into the meaning of the relationship between the universal and the specific.

*The fiction intensive workshop, with Michael Poore, 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


Early Bird Pricing available through Feb 15
Members: $79, Member + Fiction Intensive/Micheal Poore: $129
Nonmember: $149, Nonmember + Fiction Intensive/Michael Poore $199
Gathering Pricing After February 15
Members: $99, Member + Fiction Intensive/Micheal Poore: $149
Nonmember: $175, Nonmember + Fiction Intensive/Michael Poore $225

Full-time Students are eligible for a discount on registration with a teacher recommendation.  Email rachel@indianawriters.org

Not a member? Join now to receive significant savings on this program and others

Your registration includes a guaranteed lunch if you register by the lunch deadline/TBD.  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

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