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a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation

Meet an Author, Be an Author

10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Central Library
40 East St. Clair Street
Downtown Indianapolis

Celebrate Indiana’s rich literary tradition with activities for writers and book lovers of all ages!

Presented by The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award and The Indianapolis Public Library

FREE and open to the public 


Schedule of events:

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.     

Flash Memoir Workshop for Families – Learning Curve Arena

Learn how to write small, emotionally powerful memories that, put together, will tell the story of your life and the life of your family. Storytellers of all ages are welcome, especially children and teens! The first thirty participants will receive a free journal. Stickers, magazines, markers and more will be provided to help bring your story to life! Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Darolyn “Lyn” Jones.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.     

Indy Author Fair: Meet Hoosier Authors – Simon Reading Room

Network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors, who offer a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be available. A list of participating authors will be added to the site in September.

11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

So You Want to Write a Novel? – Clowes Auditorium

Where do ideas for novels come from? How are novels made? And how do you get them published? This session will offer practical tips for those who want to write a novel, have one in progress, or have a finished one with which they don’t know what to do. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Sarah Layden. 

Get Started! – Knall Room

Have you been thinking about writing for a long time and are just not doing it? Do you wonder how to connect with other writers in the Indianapolis area? “Get Started” offers writing exercises and lively conversation about writing and the writing life that’s guaranteed to jump start the process of becoming the writer you want to be. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Andrea Boucher

Self-Publishing Tricks and Tips – Goodrich-Houk Room

Learn the ins and outs of self-publishing during this workshop. This session will offer insights into how to know when it makes sense to self- publish, where to find out information about the variety of ways to self-publish, and what to watch out for if it’s the route you decide to take to publish your own book.  Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Rob Kent.

Writing About Your Life –  Learning Curve Arena

Sometimes our lives scream and sometimes they whisper – and most of the time they are imperfect. But they are always rich with stories that define and validate us and bring insight and resolution in the telling. The Quakers have a saying, “Let your life speak.” This session will help you find the voice to tell your own stories and provide strategies for getting them down on the page. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Darolyn “Lyn” Jones. 

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.     

Genre Writing Panel  – Clowes Auditorium

Noted authors will share their experiences and expertise covering writing styles such as speculative fiction, mystery, romance and urban fiction.  Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Marcus Broaddus, S.M. Harding, Sandy James and Rob Kent.

Get Started! – Knall Room

Have you been thinking about writing for a long time and are just not doing it? Do you wonder how to connect with other writers in the Indianapolis area? “Get Started” offers writing exercises and lively conversation about writing and the writing life that’s guaranteed to jump start the process of becoming the writer you want to be. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Andrea Boucher

Publishing Nonfiction – Goodrich-Houk Room

This session explores the journey from an idea for a nonfiction book to research and writing it, selecting the correct publishing format, and then promoting and publicizing your finished book on both traditional and new media. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Nancy Niblack Baxter.

Time Management for Authors – Learning Curve Arena

This session will help you organize your life to find time for writing and offer strategies for using that time well—how to quiet the “monkey mind,” start strong, end smart, and steer through the twin traps of distraction and procrastination. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring 2017 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Emerging Author finalist Bryan Furuness.

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.         

Zine Club – Learning Curve Research Central

A zine is a book that you can make all by yourself, your way.  Come make a zine about something that is important or interesting to you at Meet an Author, Be an Author! Led by Learning Curve Activity Guides.

3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.                     

Meet the Authors – Clowes Auditorium

Sit down with the winners and finalists of the 2017 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award for a moderated discussion of their writing and connections to Indiana. Book sales and signings will follow. 

Featuring Kekla Magoon, Lori Rader-Day, John David Anderson, Bryan Furuness, Angela Palm and Francesca Zappia.

For biographical information about each of these authors, visit www.indianaauthorsaward.org.


ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

Nancy Niblack Baxter is the author of eight books on Indiana and Civil War history, including the Heartland Chronicle Series. Recipient of the 2000 Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award in history from the Indiana Historical Society, she has edited more than 200 books and is now senior editor at Hawthorne Publishing in Carmel. She teaches at the Indiana Writers Center

Andrea Boucher serves as Nonfiction Editor of the literary journal Booth. She teaches at Indiana Writers Center and Butler University, and freelances as a book and cover designer. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in The Rumpus, Hippocampus, SMITH Magazine and Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers. 

Maurice Broaddus is the author of the Knights of Breton Court trilogy, and has published dozens of short stories, essays, novellas and articles. He founded the Phoenix Arts Initiative, which encourages use of the arts for at-risk youth to express themselves. He teaches at the Indiana Writers Center

Bryan Furuness is the author of The Lost Episodes of Revie Bryson, a novel. Along with Michael Martone, he is the co-editor of Winesburg, Indiana. His stories have appeared in New Stories from the Midwest and Best American Nonrequired Reading. He lives in Indianapolis and teaches at Butler University and at the Indiana Writers Center. He is a 2017 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Emerging Author finalist.

S.M. Harding is the author of I Will Meet You There, A Woman of Strong Purpose, and Speak in Winter Code and the editor of Writing Murder: A Basic Guide to Writing Mystery Novels. She has published more than thirty short stories in print and online magazines and anthologies. She lives in Indianapolis and teaches at the Indiana Writers Center.

Sandy James has published numerous romance novels with Forever Yours and Carina Press, and is the recipient of two HOLT Medallions for excellence in that genre. Her indie-published romance novels have been Amazon #1 Bestsellers. She lives in suburban Indianapolis.

Darolyn “Lyn” Jones is the Education Outreach Director of the Indiana Writers Center, where she facilitates urban outreach writing programs. She is the co-author of Memory Workshop: Telling the Stories of Your Life and the author of the book Painless Reading Comprehension. She teaches at Ball State University and at the Indiana Writers Center.

Robert Kent is the author of numerous horror stories for young people, including All Together Now: A Zombie Story and Banneker Bones. He interviews authors, agents, editors and other publishing professionals at his popular blog Middle Grade Ninja. He teaches at the Indiana Writers Center.

Sarah Layden is the author of the novel, Trip through Your Wire. Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in Flash Youth, Stone Canoe, Blackbird, Artful Dodge, PANK, Ladies' Home Journal, The Humanist, and elsewhere. She is the winner of a Nirelle Galson Prize for Fiction, and two Society of Professional Journalists awards. She teaches writing at IUPUI and the Indiana Writers Center.