Indy Author Fair

We are excited to present the schedule for the 2014 Indy Author Fair!

The Indy Author Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Saturday, October 25, 2014, at 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. All Indy Author Fair events are FREE and open to the public. Many of the sessions offer LEU credits for librarians.

10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Overview of Publishing: Have Yourself a Fling with Writing or Make It a Lifelong Career – Clowes Auditorium

Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Nancy Baxter. (1 LEU)

 

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Meet the Authors – Clowes Auditorium

Sit down with the winners and finalists of the 2014 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award as they discuss their writing and connections to Indiana. Book sales and signings will follow.

Featuring Michael Shelden, Norbert Krapf, Jessica Brockmole, Clifford Garstang and Kelsey Timmerman

 

12 p.m. to 2 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. Click here for a list of participating authors.

 

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Calling All Young Authors! – Learning Curve Arena

A writing workshop for ages 8 and up. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Barbara Shoup.

 

1:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Get Started! – Knall Room

Have you been thinking about writing for a long time and 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 Kip Robisch. Registration required; call (317) 275-4119. (1 LEU)

Writing and Publishing for Children – Clowes Auditorium

This session will offer an overview of writing and publishing for young people, from picture books through YA. You will learn practical advice about how to make time for writing, how to evaluate manuscripts, how to submit manuscripts and where to go for information about current books, publishers and organizations for children’s book writers. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring John David Anderson, Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Barbara Shoup. Registration required; call (317) 275-4119. (1 LEU)

Writing and Publishing Nonfiction Books – Goodrich-Houk Room

This session will offer an overview of how to publish a nonfiction book, including tips on how to organize your material, how to write a book proposal, and how to find the right publisher for the book you want to write. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Nancy Baxter and Douglas Wissing. Registration required; call (317) 275-4119. (1 LEU)

Blogging for Writers – Learning Curve Arena

Blogs are an effective and important tool for writers. This session will cover the fundamentals of blogging. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and Sarah Layden. Registration required; call (317) 275-4119. (1 LEU)

 

3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Get Started! – Knall Room

Have you been thinking about writing for a long time and 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 Kip Robisch. Registration required; call (317) 275-4119. (1 LEU)

Writing and Marketing Genre Fiction – Clowes Auditorium

This session will be invaluable to those who hope to write speculative fiction (science fiction, horror, fantasy), Westerns and/or mysteries. You’ll gain inside knowledge about how to break into these markets and tips for catching an editor’s eye. You’ll also learn how to write a query letter, synopsis and pitch, which will give your book its best shot at publication. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Maurice Broaddus, Tony Perona, and Larry Sweazy. Registration required; call (317) 275-4119. (1 LEU)

Writing and Publishing Humor – Goodrich-Houk Room

In this session, participants will learn the formula for writing humor, techniques professionals use for “writing funny” and how to find a market for the kind of humor they write. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Erik Deckers. Registration required; call (317) 275-4119. (1 LEU)

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. Registration required; call (317) 275-4119. (1 LEU)

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

John David Anderson (aka Dave) is the author of critically acclaimed books for middle grade audiences, including “Sidekicked,” “Minion” and “Standard Hero Behavior.” A former writing instructor at the University of Illinois, he currently lives with his wife and two kids in Indianapolis, where he writes full time while also fulfilling the duties of a house-spouse. He thinks writing is the best…job…ever – except maybe for being a chocolate-stirring Oompa Loompa in the Wonka factory. That’d be sweet.

Nancy Niblack Baxter is the senior editor at Hawthorne Publishing, where she has edited more than 200 books. The 2000 recipient of the Eli Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award in history from the Indiana Historical Society, she is the author of eight books on Indiana and Civil War history, including the Heartland Chronicle Series. “The Movers” was a Waldenbooks Preferred Reader selection for Atlantic states; “Lords of the Rivers” was named the National Association of Presswomen Best Novel of the Year in 1990.

Maurice Broaddus has written dozens of short stories, essays, novellas and articles. His dark fiction has been published in numerous magazines, anthologies and websites, most recently including Cemetery Dance, Apex Magazine, Black Static and Weird Tales Magazine. He is the author of the Knights of Breton Court trilogy and the co-editor of the Dark Faith anthology.

Erik Deckers has been a newspaper humor columnist and humor playwright for more than 19 years. He is the co-author of “Branding Yourself: How to Use Social Media to Invent or Reinvent Yourself,” a professional blogger and a public speaker.

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. Her books have been chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection, 10 Best Books for Babies, IRA Children’s Choice and Indiana Best Read Aloud. Her poetry books include “Castles: Old Stone Poems” and “Over in the Pink House: New Jump Rope Rhymes.”

Lyn Jones is the Education 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 and Recording War Memories. She is the co-editor of “Morning Coffee: Stories about Mothering Children with Special Needs.”

Sarah Layden has written fiction, poetry and essays that have appeared in numerous publications, including Sudden Flash Youth, Artful Dodge, PANK, Ladies’ Home Journal, The Humanist and elsewhere. She is a winner of an AWP Intro Award, the Allen and Nirelle Galson Prize for Fiction and two Society of Professional Journalists awards. Her first novel, “Trip Through Your Wires,” will be published in 2015.

Tony Perona is the author of a mystery series featuring stay-at-home dad/former investigative reporter Nick Bertetto, who has a knack for solving mysteries with a supernatural element. Tony also co-edited and contributed a short story to the anthology “Racing Can Be Murder,” which was a finalist for the 2008 Best Book of Indiana award, presented by the Indiana State Library. He has just finished his second year as Midwest Chapter President of Mystery Writers of America where he was a part of the national board.

Kip Robisch has published numerous short stories and essays and currently contributes essays to The Good Men Project. The author of “Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature,” he is the programs manager for the Indiana Writers Center.

Barbara Shoup is the author of eight novels and co-author of two books about the creative process. Her young adult novels, “Wish You Were Here” and “Stranded in Harmony” were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults. Her most recent novel, “Looking for Jack Kerouac,” was published in 2014. The recipient of the 2006 PEN Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship and the 2012 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Regional Indiana Authors Award, she is the executive director of the Indiana Writers Center.

Larry Sweazy has published more than 50 non-fiction articles and short stories and is the author of the Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger western series, the Lucas Fume western series and a thriller set in Indiana, “The Devil’s Bones.” A new mystery from Seventh Street Books will debut in 2015. He is a two-time WWA Spur award winner, a back-to-back winner of the Will Rogers Medallion Award, a Best Books of Indiana winner and the inaugural winner of the 2013 Elmer Kelton Book Award.

Douglas Wissing is the author of six nonfiction books, including “Funding the Enemy: How U.S. Taxpayers Fund the Taliban” and “Pioneer in Tibet.” He is an award-winning journalist who has contributed to publications that include The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Independent on Sunday (UK) and National Geographic Traveler. Douglas wrote and produced “Cultivating Afghanistan,” a 15-part radio series on the Indiana National Guard Agribusiness Development Team.

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