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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 13, 2018

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 

What are your learning goals? Note the key below for more information on what you can expect from each workshop:

W: Writing Journey/Community     C: Craft     E: Exercises     M: Marketing and Publishing

Classes are designed for writers of all skill levels. All workshops, classes and panels are eligible for 1 Library Education Unit (LEU). The Meet the Authors Panel is eligible for 2 LEUs.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.     

Word Dance: The Family Writing Project – Center for Black Literature and Culture (W,E)

Did you know? When people write together, they learn more about each other.  Families with children of all ages are invited to join us for a unique experience in writing, talking and reading based on Asante Children's Theatre's "WORD DANCE: The Family Writing Project".  Presented in partnership with the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Allyson Horton, Barbara Shoup and Keesha Dixon. 

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Indy Author Fair: Meet Hoosier Authors – Simon Reading Room (W,C)

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. For a list of participating authors, click here.

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

Children’s Literature Panel – Clowes Auditorium (W,C)

Hear what successful children’s book writers have to say about their experiences writing, selling and marketing picture books, middle grade fiction and young adult fiction. Includes time for Q & A. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring 2011 Regional Author Winner Helen Frost, 2017 Genre Excellence – Middle Grade Fiction Author Winner John David Anderson and 2018 Regional Author Winner Sandy Sasso. Moderated by 2012 Regional Author Winner Barbara Shoup. 

Get Started! – Knall Room (C,E)

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 Curtis Crisler

Self-Publishing Tricks and Tips – Goodrich-Houk Room (M)

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 (C,E)

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 Tracy Line. 

Writing The Story of Your Life for Teens – Center for Black Literature and Culture (C,E)

In this interactive workshop, teens will discuss their writing goals/expected outcomes before learning tips on journaling, how to overcome writer’s block and how to stay true to their voice and their story. Presented by Delores Thornton. 

1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.     

Editing Panel  – Clowes Auditorium (W,C)

What do editors look for in a manuscript, and how do you work with the editor assigned to your book, story or article once it’s accepted?  These experienced editors will offer information and answer your questions about the editing process. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Nancy Baxter (books), Rob Stapleton (literary magazines) and Ray Boomhower (magazines). 

Get Started! – Knall Room (C,E)

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 Sarah Layden

Show, Don’t Tell – Goodrich-Houk Room (C,E)

Beginning writers are often told, “Show, don’t tell.” But what does that mean? This session will explain this basic element of successful fiction, offering writing exercises and strategies for translating the story in your head into a series of scenes and sensory images that will pique readers’ interest and make them keep turning the pages. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Barbara Shoup.

Writing About Your Life –  Learning Curve Arena (C,E)

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 Tracy Line. 

The Writing Life Panel – Center for Black Literature and Culture (W,C)

Learn about how successful writers schedule their writing time, how they approach their work, how they assess and revise it, and how they developed their writing communities. Bring your own questions about the writing life. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Maurice Broaddus, Allyson Horton, Curtis Crisler and Angela Jackson-Brown.

Open Mic Spoken Word Event – Center for Black Literature and Culture (W,E)

Teens are invited to hear from their peers and perform their own original poems.. No prior experience necessary. Just be ready to jump in and share your words. Featuring Devon Ginn.

2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.         

Next Steps on Your Writing Journey: The Indiana Writers Center – Learning Curve Arena (C)

This session will offer some tips to help you process what you learned today and time for Q & A about writing and the writing life. Presented by Barbara Shoup, the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center.

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

Meet the Authors – Clowes Auditorium

Sit down with the winners and finalists of the 2018 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award as they discuss their writing and connections to Indiana. Book sales and signings will follow. Moderated by John Krull, director of Franklin College's Pulliam School of Journalism and host of “No Limits” on WFYI Public Radio.

Featuring Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, James Alexander Thom, Deborah E. Kennedy, Elizabeth Klehfoth and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi.

For biographical information about each of these authors, click here.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

John David Anderson is the author of several award-winning and critically-acclaimed books for middle grade audiences, including Ms. Bixby's Last DaySidekicked, and PostedHe was the 2017 Genre Excellence winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.

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

Ray E. Boomhower is senior editor at the Indiana Historical Society Press, where he is responsible for editing the IHS's quarterly popular history magazine Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History. He is the author of numerous books, the most recent of which is John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog. He was the 2010 Regional winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.

Maurice Broaddus writes short stories, essays, novellas and articles. His dark fiction has been published in numerous magazines, anthologies, and web sites, most recently including Cemetery Dance for Apex Magazine. He is the co-editor of the Dark Faith anthology series. He is the author of the Knights of Breton Court trilogy (Angry Robot Books). He teaches at the Indiana Writers Center.

Curtis Crisler is the author of five poetry collections, four chapbooks and a mixed-genre YA novel.  His poetry has been adapted to theatrical productions, and he has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. He was granted fellowships by Cave Canem, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Hamline University, and has received a Library Scholars Grant Award, Indiana Arts Commission Grants, Eric Hoffer Award and the Sterling Plumpp First Voices Poetry Award. He teaches at Indiana University - Fort Wayne.

Helen Frost is the author of three novels-in-poems, including Keesha’s House (Michael L. Printz honor), Diamond Willow (Lee Bennett Hopkins Children’s Poetry Award), Hidden (William Allen White Award) and Salt (New York Historical Society’s Children’s History Book Prize). She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry fellowship. She lives in Fort Wayne. She is the 2011 Regional winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.

Devon Ginn is the Visual Art & Entertainment Curator at the historic Madame Walker Legacy Center and the host of Iconoclast, a weekly open mic poetry series in Irvington at the Irving Theatre. He is a visual artist, writer and performance artist, collaborating with ground-breaking institutions and creatives on the forefront of change. As a teaching artist, Ginn travels state-to-state implementing his performance poetry and creative writing lesson plans for high school and college students.

Allyson Horton is the author of the poetry collection Quick Fire. Her work has appeared in The Wabash Watershed, Not Like the Rest of Us: An Anthology of Contemporary Indiana Writers, It Was Written: Poetry Inspired by Hip Hop and Brilliant Flame!  She teaches at Park Tudor School and the Indiana Writers Center

Angela Jackson-Brown is an award-winning novelist, poet, essayist, short story writer and playwright. She is the author of the novel Drinking from a Bitter Cup, and her work has been published in numerous magazines, including The Louisville Review, New Southerner Literary Review, Toe Good Poetry and Uptown Mosaic Magazine, She is an editor with the literary journal 94 Creations. She teaches at Ball State University and the Indiana Writers Center.

Robert Kent is the author of the novels The Book of David, Banneker Bones and others. He runs the popular blog for writers, Middle Grade Ninja, which features interviews and guest posts from over 500 authors, literary agents and other publishing professionals. He teaches at the Indiana Writers Center.

Sarah Layden is the author of the novel Trip Through Your Wires (Engine Books), and her short stories and essays have appeared in numerous magazines, Boston Review, Booth, Salon, Ladies' Home Journal and The HumanistThe Story I Tell Myself About Myself, flash fiction, won the Sonder Press 2017 Chapbook Competition. She teaches creative writing at IUPUI and the Indiana Writers Center. 

Tracy Line is the author of Chasing God, Finding Faith from the Outside. She writes columns and feature articles on faith, family, travel and life, which have been published in over 75 magazines, newspapers, websites and books. She blogs about life and faith at www.tracyline.com. She teaches at the Indiana Writers Center.

Sandy Sasso is the author of more than a dozen books for children, which have won numerous honors, including the Helen Keating Ott Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literature. She teaches Religion and Judaism at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary, including “Religion, Spirituality and the Arts,” a community class which brings together people from diverse artistic disciplines and religious/spiritual perspectives for sustained study and reflection on a Biblical text. She is Senior Rabbi Emerita at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. She is the 2018 Regional winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.

Barbara Shoup is the author of eight novels and two books about the creative process. 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. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. She is the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center and a faculty member of Art Workshop International. She is the 2012 Regional winner of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award.

Robert Stapleton is the founder and editor of Booth and the publisher of Booth Books. His fiction, nonfiction and poetry have appeared in various literary journals. He teaches in the MFA program at Butler University. 

Delores Thornton, a 2017 Trailblazer Award Honoree & 2017 Local Legend Awardee, is a much sought-after workshop presenter. An Indianapolis native and lifelong resident, she has traveled extensively, doing seminars, workshops and signings at book fairs, book expos and aboard literary cruises. Additionally, she was a featured speaker for Women's History Month at Ball State University in 2006 and the Keynote Speaker at the 2nd Annual Queens Book Fair. Recognized for community service during the 9th Annual Joy Awards in 2005, Thornton has been a volunteer mentor with the Marion County Probation Dept. and the Co/Founder/Executive Director of Indianapolis Book Fest, Incorporated. She is currently serving on the Advisory Board of The Indianapolis Public Library’s African American History Committee. A Board member of the Indy Black Chamber of Commerce, she is also a Committee Member of CIC (Center for Interfaith Cooperation), and President of EU (Everything Underground) Book Club. She has published four skits, seven of her own books, two books of Indy-area pastors and four plays. A licensed and ordained Baptist minister, Thornton is a proud graduate (BA) of Simmons Bible College of Kentucky (HBCU), where she was Valedictorian. She also received a Master's of Theology from Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis.