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a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation

INDY AUTHOR FAIR

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 2016

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:

9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m.  

Creative Writing for Teachers – Clowes Auditorium, Knall Room and Goodrich-Houk Room

The 2016 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is pleased to offer a special workshop on creative writing just for educators. Are you an educator struggling with teaching creative writing because it’s been years since you last sat down to unleash your own thoughts and stories on paper? 2016 Genre Excellence – Children’s Picture Book Author winner April Pulley Sayre, 2011 Regional Author winner Helen Frost and 2012 Regional Author Winner Barbara Shoup understand the difficulty in creatively teaching creative writing. Sayre, Frost and Shoup will bring their experience as both authors and educators to equip teachers with the tools and inspiration they need so they can get writing and encourage their students to do the same.

Classes are free, but pre-registration is required. Certificates confirming professional development hours will be provided. Click here to register via EventBrite.

Please note: Central Library does not open to the public until 10 a.m. on October 29. Only patrons who have pre-registered for the workshop above will be allowed in the building.

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.            

Meet the Authors – Clowes Auditorium (Eligible for two Library Education Units)

Sit down with the winners and finalists of the 2016 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 Karen Joy Fowler, Philip Gulley, April Pulley Sayre, Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Bill Kenley and Edward Kelsey Moore

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

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.                 

Illustration for Kids by Kids – Learning Curve Arena

All ages are welcome at this hands-on illustration workshop presented by Art with a Heart.

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.                   

Writing for Young People Panel  – Clowes Auditorium (Eligible for two Library Education Units)

Adults and teens are invited as noted authors will share their experiences and expertise covering writing styles ranging from young adult novels to chapter books and picture books.  Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring John David Anderson, Skila Brown, Robert Kent and Sarah J. Schmitt.

Publishing Overview – Knall Room

Hawthorne Publishing Senior Editor, Nancy Niblack Baxter, will give an overview of publishing today from traditional publishing to ebooks, as well as offer information about manuscript preparation, query letters and submissions, finding and working with an agent, and working with an editor. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center.

Get Started! – Goodrich-Houk Room (Eligible for two Library Education Units)

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 Kip Robisch. 

Writing About Your Life  –  Learning Curve Arena (Eligible for two Library Education Units)

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. 

3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.        

So You Want to Write a Novel? – Clowes Auditorium (Eligible for two Library Education Units)

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 Barbara Shoup. 

Self-Publishing Tricks and Tips - Knall 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.

Get Started! – Goodrich-Houk Room (Eligible for two Library Education Units)

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 Kip Robisch. 

The Bluer Guide to Indiana – Learning Curve Arena (Eligible for two Library Education Units)

It might be an unhappy truth that most Americans do not tour Indiana. It might also be the case that even people from Indiana don't tour Indiana. But let's change all that with this brief session of highly imaginative Hoosier travel writing in which we will document the people, places, and peculiarities of our state that you did not even know existed and, now that we have written about them, do. A lively discussion of what is real or not, fact and fiction, and the way we open up space for wonder. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring 2013 National Winner Michael Martone. 

Resource Fair for Writers, Educators and Parents– Learning Curve Circle

Meet representatives from the Indiana State Library, Indiana Humanities, Second Story and other literary organizations. Staff from the Indiana Writers Center will provide handouts with links to more info on resources.


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 author of eight books on Indiana and Civil War history, including the Heartland Chronicle Series. She has edited more than 200 books and is now senior editor at Hawthorne Publishing in Carmel. 

Skila Brown is the author of verse novels “Caminar” and “To Stay Alive,” as well as the picture book “Slickety Quick: Poems About Sharks,” all with Candlewick Press. She received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in Kentucky and Tennessee and now lives in Indiana where she writes books for readers of all ages.

Darolyn “Lyn” Jones is the Education Outreach Director of the Indiana Writers Center, where she facilitates the Center’s Memoir Project. She is the author of numerous books about reading and literacy and co-author of “Memory Workshop: Telling Your Life Stories.” She teaches at Ball State University.

Robert Kent is the author of the horror novels “All Together Now: A Zombie Story” and “The Book of David,” the middle grade novel “Banneker Bones and the Giant Robot Bees,” and the novellas “Pizza Delivery” and “All Right Now: A Short Zombie Story.” He runs the popular blog for writers, Middle Grade Ninja. 

Michael Martone has published two dozen books of fiction and nonfiction and edited a dozen more volumes. His most recent books are Winesburg, Indiana” and “Memoranda.” Winner of the 2013 Eugene and Marilyn Glick National Indiana Author Award, he lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where he teaches creative writing at the University of Alabama.

Kip Robisch is the author of “Wolves and the Wolf Myth in American Literature,” as well as numerous short stories and essays. He is a professor of creative writing and literature at The University of Indianapolis and a member of the Indiana Writers Center faculty.

Sarah J. Schmitt is a K-8 school librarian and Youth Service Professional for Teens at a public library, where she runs a teen writing program that combines Skype visits from well-known authors and screenwriters and critique group style feedback. She is the author of the YA novel “It’s a Wonderful Death.”

Barbara Shoup is the author eight novels, including four for young adults, and the co-author of “Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process.” She is the 2006 PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship and the 2012 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Regional Indiana Author Award. Two of her YA books were ALA Best Books For Young Adults. Currently, she is the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center.