Speakers Bureau

Looking for a writer? We can help! The IWC can help you find a writer to visit your school, church, library, community group, or book club—or join you for dinner, if that’s what you’d like.

Available writers include:

Victoria Barrett's short stories have appeared in Colorado Review, Confrontation, The Massachusetts Review, Puerto del Sol, and You Must Be This Tall To Ride. Read more


Nancy Niblack Baxter is the author of eight books on Indiana and Civil War history, including the Heartland Chronicle Series. Read more

Candace Denning has published two novels, showing that dysfunctional relationships can be humorous. Her first screenplay was produced in Indianapolis and premiered at the Heartland Film Festival. Read more

Rebecca Kai Dotlich is a poet and picture book author whose work has been featured on Reading Rainbow and has appeared in magazines such as Ladybug and Highlights, as well as in numerous anthologies, textbooks and collections. Read more

Bryan Furuness has published stories in Ninth Letter, Southeast Review, Sycamore Review, Hobart, and other literary magazines. Read more

David Hassler is a long-time member of the Indiana Writers Center faculty and former president of the IWC Board of Directors. Read more

Darolyn “Lyn” Jones is the Educational Outreach Director of the Indiana Writers Center, where she facilitates several urban outreach writing programs including Girls in Prison Speak, Sitting at the Feet of our Elders at Flanner House, Recording War Memories, and Special Needs Moms Writing. Read more

Claudia Labin writes for the theatre and the screen. Her plays have been produced and given staged readings in a variety of local theatres and published in the Indiana Theatre JournalRead more

Sarah Layden's fiction and poetry appear in Stone Canoe, Blackbird, Gargoyle, The Evansville Review, PANK, the anthology Sudden Flash Youth, and elsewhere. Read more

Norman Minnick earned a BA in Art from Marian College, Indianapolis, and an MFA in Creative Writing. His poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies including The Christian Science Monitor, Notre Dame Review, The Seattle Review, Chelsea, and The Texas Observer. Read more

Nancy Olson has an MA in clinical counseling and is a professional certified life coach. For Nancy, writing has long been a tool and a process for self-discovery, for gaining understanding and compassion for others and in helping to make meaning in one’s life. Read more

Nelson Price is the author of Indiana Legends: Famous Hoosiers from Johnny Appleseed to David Letterman, Indianapolis Then and Now, Legendary Hoosiers and Indianapolis Leading the Way. Read more

Andrew Scott lives in Indianapolis. His work has been published in Esquire, The Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and Glimmer Train Stories. Read more

Barbara Shoup, executive director of the Indiana Writers Center, is the author of seven novels and co-author of two books about the creative process. Read more

Julianna Thibodeaux is a writer of art criticism, journalism, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published locally and nationally. Read more

Sharon Vargo has illustrated numerous books for children. She is also the author/illustrator of Señor Felipe's Alphabet Adventure, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2002. Read more

Wendy Vergoz's poems have appeared in The Christian Century and Anglican Theological Review, and she also reviews poetry books for ATR. Read more

Shari Wagner has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University and has taught poetry writing in universities, grade schools and nursing homes. Read more


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