Support the Indiana Writers Center

There are amazing stories hidden inside those who live quietly among us, and it is the mission of the Indiana Writers Center to bring them to light. We educate, inspire, connect, and support Indiana writers at all levels and in all genres; we recognize excellence in Indiana literature, and provide outreach programs designed to bring forth the voices of people who are not usually heard. We advocate for writing and literature as essential to a community that values clarity of communication and honors diversity, tolerance and compassion.

What a year the Indiana Writers Center has had! It’s been a thrill to see the hard work we’ve done since 2009 coming to fruition with excellent, innovative programs that serve Central Indiana—and to be honored for this work with NUVO Newsweekly’s 2016 Cultural Vision Award in the Arts. This award “…shines a light on those individuals and organizations in Indianapolis who are bringing cultural innovation to our community and making it a better place for us all to live.”

2016 highlights include:

  • IWC Classes, Gathering of Writers, critique groups, free readings, and other literary and outreach programming served more than 4,500 people in 2016. We partnered with Indy Fringe to present the 2nd Short Play Festival, featuring IWC Playwrights. The IWC partnered with Dance Kaleidoscope, the JCC, and the Indiana Historical Society to present “Writing Home,” a Spirit and Place program featuring stories of veterans. During National Poetry Month, we hosted a reception at the Indiana State Library for IWC instructor, Shari Wagner, the new Indiana Poet Laureate. We hosted the 2016 Gathering of Writers, attended by more than 100 members and friends of the IWC.

  • Served more than 300 at-risk children in its summer learning program, “Building a Rainbow.” IWC instructors, college interns, and volunteers helped students write about their lives. Each student received I Remember: Indianapolis Youth Write about their Lives, a collection of their stories.
  • Released Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, with work by more than seventy-five notable Indiana poets, fiction writers, and essayists, including Mari Evans, John Green, Philip Gulley, Susan Neville, and Dan Wakefield. The anthology is an official Indiana Bicentennial Legacy Project. “… a collection well worth a read, one whose highlights make a good case for Indiana’s literary talent.” Lou Harry, Indiana Business Journal.
  • The IWC Memoir Project published Finding the Words: Stories and Poems of Women Veterans, the culmination of a four-month free writing workshop for women veterans in partnership with the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and funded by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation.

  • Published 56 Indiana writers in Flying Island, the IWC's online literary magazine and submitted 6 Pushcart Prize Nominees.

  • The IWC offered 45 free writing classes and book discussions throughout the Indianapolis community in partnership with the Indianapolis Public Library.

  • “Evening with the Muse,” a monthly free event, showcased accomplished Indiana poets and provided the opportunity for aspiring poets to share their work at an open mic.

Your donation will help us continue to support Indiana authors, encourage aspiring writers, and ensure that the stories hidden inside those who live quietly among us are heard. 

Please join us in offering all Indiana writers the opportunity to tell their stories by making a generous gift to the Indiana Writers Center before the end of the year.  Please give generously. (Select amount below)


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