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. The IWC supports Indiana writers of all ages and backgrounds and reaches out to people whose voices are rarely heard. Classes and workshops taught by published writers provide writing education that encourages creative expression and enhances the communication skills necessary for success in school, in the workplace, and in life. We envision a thriving center where Indiana writers build the writing skills appropriate to their goals and experience the healing, empowering and joyful benefits that engaging in the creative process brings.
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.
2017 highlights include:
317 IWC Programs, including the Gathering of Writers, critique groups, free readings, and other literary and outreach programming that served more than 4,489 people in 2017. 46 free library events attended by over 600 people. IWC playwriting students were featured in the 3rd Short Play Festival, at IndyFringe. The IWC also partnered with Dance Kaleidoscope, the JCC, the Indiana Historical Society and Jewish Family Services to present "What If? The Power of Imagination" a Spirit and Place program encouraging high school and college writers to exercise their imaginations through literary responses to "what if" scenarios inspired by the world we live in. The creative response by the student group, "My Word As Bond", was then interpreted by Dance Kaleidoscope dancers as well as actors from the Indiana Historical Society.
Served more than 225 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.
With funding from the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, the IWC offered a free memoir writing workshop for residents of the Julian Center and published Joy Comes in the Morning: Writing through Darkness at the Julian Center for Domestic Abuse, an anthology of their work.
- In 2017 IWC received a grant from Indiana Humanities to write a curriculum for Indiana students, based on the anthology, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, published by INwords in 2016 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. We launched indianawriters.net to make the curriculum and artists' materials available for free for all students.
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)