IWC Staff



Barbara Shoup

Executive Director

Barbara Shoup is the author eight novels, including Night Watch, Wish You Were Here, Stranded in Harmony, Faithful Women, Vermeer’s Daughter, Everything You Want, An American Tune, and Looking for Jack Kerouac and the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process and Story Matters. Her short fiction, poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous small magazines, as well as in The Writer and The New York Times Travel Section. Her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Vermeer’s Daughter was a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Young Adults. She is the recipient of numerous grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, two creative renewal grants from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the 2006 PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship, and the 2012 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Regional Indiana Author Award. She is the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center.

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Rachel Sahaidachny

Programs Manager

Rachel Sahaidachny holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Butler University. She is co-editor of Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, associate editor of The Indianapolis Review, and former poetry editor for Booth: A Journal. Recent writing has been published in The Southeast Review, Radar Poetry, Community of Writers Poetry Review, Nuvo, Red Paint Hill and others. She was a finalist in the 2016 Radar Poetry Coniston Prize, and she was awarded first prize in the Wabash Watershed Indiana Poetry Awards. She has over a decade of management experience, principally with nonprofits. Today she puts this experience to good use, coordinating programs at the IWC.  Rachel is dedicated to enhancing the lives of citizens in our community through her work.

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Lyn Jones

Educational Outreach Director


Lyn Jones is the Education Outreach Director of the Indiana Writers Center, where she has facilitated over 50 urban outreach writing programs including I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write about Their Lives, Girls in Prison Speak, Sitting at the Feet of our Elders at Flanner House, Recording War Memories, Special Needs Moms Writing, and with Homeless Women of Wheeler. Lyn is passionate about both literacy and literary and has devoted her 27 years of professional life to teaching and writing with writers both in and out of classrooms.

Lyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Secondary Education from Purdue University, a Master’s Degree in Literacy, Language, and Culture from Indiana University, and a doctorate in Adult, Higher, and Community Education from Ball State University. She is the author of the popular educational book, Painless Reading Comprehension, several academic articles on topics ranging from collaborative writing to transformative education to disability studies, and has presented at more than 100 local, state, and national conferences or workshops.  Lyn is also a creative narrative nonfiction writer who has published essays in the Indy Writes Book, Permission, Speak Your Story, and Autism Digest.


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Roxanna Santoro

Website and Graphics Manager

Roxanna Santoro came to the IWC with 25 years of management and office management experience in a number of diverse roles including positions at an information-based fulfillment house that served such clients as PBS and the Discovery Channel and a private franchise cable television company serving a twelve-state region. She has retired from her duties as Office Manager of the IWC, but continues to manage our website, deliver the weekly e-newsletter, and create print and graphics as needed.  When she's not working at the IWC, Roxanna is an award-winning silversmith and jewelry designer, and the owner of Abraxas Designs. You can see her work at art fairs across the Midwest.

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Teri Costello

Accounting Manager/Controller


Originally from San Diego, a Certified Public Accountant by profession, Teri Costello retired her license in 2011 and moved to Indianapolis from Los Angeles. Along the way, she earned a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Literature from United States International University (now Alliant International University) in San Diego. Through the years and throughout her career, Teri wrote, and she joined the IWC upon arriving in Indianapolis. As a staff member, she contributes to the organization as a former businesswoman as well as participating in, supporting, and helping to manage its accounting. 

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