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

Central Library
40 East St. Clair Street
Downtown Indianapolis

Saturday, October 9, 2010
9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Presented by the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award and the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library

All programs are FREE and open to the public.

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9:30 a.m. -10:50 a.m.

Know Your Publishing Options
Clowes Auditorium

Learn about the different options for publishing a book, including traditional, subsidized, independent, and niche. Presented by The Writers’ Center of Indiana and featuring Nancy Baxter, Barbara Shoup, S.L. (Skip) Berry, Jim Poyser and Patricia Keiffner.

9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Moving Earth II Exhibit
Learning Curve

Created by the Indiana Partnership for Young Writers, in collaboration with the Herron School of Art and Design, this writing and art exhibit features writing by 185 students in grades K-8 and ceramic art created by six professional artists from Indiana.

11:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

Meet the Authors
Clowes Auditorium

Sit down with the winners and finalists of the 2010 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award as they discuss their writing and connections to Indiana. (Librarians! Please note that this program is approved for 1 LEU.)


  • Scott Russell Sanders
  • Ray Boomhower
  • Colleen Coble
  • Andrew Levy
  • Douglas Light
  • Micah Ling
  • Greg Schwipps

For biographical information about each of these authors, visit http://indianaauthorsaward.org/the-authors/.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Author and Illustrator
Learning Curve

Participants ages 10-16 will consider the impact of images for their own writing and try their hand at a digital illustration. The Activity Guides at the Central Library Learning Curve will guide participants through the process using a variety of digital drawing tools.

12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m.

The Unique World of Publishing for Children & Young Adults
Knall Meeting Room

Presenters will discuss the children’s book market, including picture books, children’s poetry, and fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults. The workshop will also cover finding and working with an agent and working with editors, as well as the publishing process from sale to publication. Presented by The Writers’ Center of Indiana and featuring Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Chris Woodworth and Barbara Shoup.

The Unique World of Publishing Poetry
Goodrich Houk Meeting Room

Learn about the various markets for publishing poetry, how to research to find the right place for your work, how collections of poetry are made & sold, and the difference between marketing poetry and prose. Presented by The Writers’ Center of Indiana and featuring Karen Kovacik.

Novel Conversations
Riley Meeting Room

Find out how you can spice up your next book club gathering using free resources from the Indiana Humanities Council and their Novel Conversations program. Attendees will also be entered to win a copy of The Book Club Cookbook by Judy Gelman. Presented by the Indiana Humanities Council and featuring Nancy N. Conner. (Librarians! Please note that this program is approved for 1 LEU.)

Limited Edition Fine Book Publishing
Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room (6th floor)

Poetry, Pulp, and Silk Thread – A Fine Handmade Book

In this era of electronic publishing, the limited edition fine press book is an artful alternative that many may think no longer exists. In this presentation, Kathryn Clark, founder of Twinrocker Handmade Paper, Brookston, IN, and Polly Points, an Indianapolis poet, discuss the unique process of publishing a book that, for the author, is a collaborative effort with the papermaker, printer, and binder. Exhibiting a selection of handmade books by a variety of authors and publishers, Clark and Points demonstrate that the very old art of bookmaking is still excitingly alive in a contemporary world.

12:00 p.m. -2:00 p.m.

Indy Author Fair
Simon Reading Room and R.B. Annis West Reading Room

Book sales and signings featuring over 40 Indiana authors, including the 2010 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award honorees. Several literary organizations will also be on hand with information on programs for writers and book lovers. For a list of participating authors and organizations, visit www.indianaauthorsaward.org.

1:15 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Screenwriting for Teens
Learning Curve

Teens are invited to examine sample scripts and learn about the language, expectations and format of writing for film and television. Topics will include visual thinking, script formatting, characterization, pacing and other fundamental elements of storytelling. Presented by The Writers’ Center of Indiana.

1:30 p.m. -2:50 p.m.

Publishing and Marketing Your Book
Clowes Auditorium

Learn more about acquiring and working with an agent, negotiating contracts, advances & royalties, working with editors, book doctors and ghost writers, and marketing your book. Presented by The Writers’ Center of Indiana and featuring Nancy Baxter, Barbara Shoup, Nelson Price, Patricia Keiffner and Michael Bloom.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Publishing Practice
Learning Curve

Student writers in grades 5-12 are invited to bring an original piece of writing to publish online and take home on a free jump drive. The Activity Guides at the Central Library Learning Curve will show you how to create an audio or video broadcast of your work to share with the world.

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Writing Historical Fiction
Riley Meeting Room

Best-selling novelist James Alexander Thom will discuss his latest book The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction. Part how-to and part memoir, Thom’s book is full of insights on how this prize-winning author learned the lessons that built his reputation for accuracy and vivid story-telling. (Librarians! Please note that this program is approved for 2 LEUs.)

About the Presenters:

Nancy Baxter is the author of eleven books and is presently senior editor for Hawthorne Publishing. She is vice president of the board of The Writers Center of Indiana.

S.L. (Skip) Berry is the author or co-author of several commissioned histories and nine books of nonfiction for children and teens.

Michael Bloom is a writer, musician and producer. In addition to a 20 year career in live event staging in which he worked with some of the top companies in Silicon Valley, he was cofounder and Chief Strategy Officer of Cinterim, a marketing consulting and services company, providing strategy, content and support to companies from start-ups to industry leaders.

Nancy N. Conner is the Director of Grants at the Indiana Humanities Council. Nancy received her Ph.D. and M.A. in English from the University of California at Los Angeles and her B.A. in literature from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She was an assistant professor of English at Purdue University and Iowa State University before coming to the Indiana Humanities Council in 1982.

Rebecca Kai Dotlich is the author of 15 books for children.

Patricia Keiffner is Publisher and Founder of IBJ Book Publishing in Indianapolis, IN, a division of IBJ Media. She has 30 years experience in public relations and communications. Pat directs the editorial development, design, print, distribution and web conversion of books and periodicals.

Karen Kovacik is the author of four collections of poetry. She is the Director of Creative Writing at IUPUI.

Jim Poyser is the co-author of the recently published Humoring the Horror of the Converging Emergencies. He is the managing editor at NUVO Newsweekly.

Nelson Price is the author of four books about Indiana, the host of WICR’s “Hoosier History Live” and a popular public speaker on Indiana history.

Andrew Scott’s work has been published in Esquire, The Cincinnati Review, Mid-American Review, The Writer’s Chronicle, and Glimmer Train Stories. He is the co-editor of Freight Stories (www.freightstories.com), an online fiction quarterly, and author of Modern Love, a short story chapbook.

Barbara Shoup is the author of six novels, including four for young adults, and three nonfiction books. She is the executive director of The Writers’ Center of Indiana.

James Alexander Thom is an Indiana native and the best-selling author of eleven historical fiction novels. He was the recipient of the inaugural 2009 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the National Author category.

Chris Woodworth is the author of three novels for children.

Participating Authors:
* Indicates a 2010 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Honoree

Abe Aamidor: At the Crossroads: Middle America and the Battle to Save the Car Industry
(2010) ECW Press

John Anderson: Standard Hero Behavior
(2007) Clarion Books

Sylvia Andrews: Mocha
(2010) SylvanArtsPress

Mary Anne Barothy: “A Day to Remember”: An Indiana Girl’s Sentimental Journey to Doris Day’s Hollywood and Beyond
(2007) Hawthorne Publishing

Clyde Bolden: Indiana Avenue: Black Entertainment Boulevard
(2009) AuthorHouse

* Ray Boomhower: Fighter Pilot: The World War II Career of Alex Vraciu and Robert F. Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary
(2010) Indiana Historical Society Press and (2008) Indiana University Press

Lorene Burkhart: Animal Tales
(2010) U.S. Kids

Fred Cavinder: Historical Indianapolis Crimes: Murder & Mayhem in the Circle City
(2010) The History Press

Nathan Clement: Drive
(2008) Front Street/Boyds Mills Press

* Colleen Coble: Anathema and Cry in the Night
(Both 2009) Thomas Nelson

Lou Harry: Kid Culture
(2008) Cider Mill Press

Jim Hillman and John Murphy: Indianapolis Social Clubs
(2009) Arcadia Publishing

Alan Hunter: Irvington Haunts II
(2008) Haunted History Publishing

Christine Johnson: Claire De Lune
(2010) Simon Pulse

Gayle Johnson: The Making of Hoosiers: How a Small Movie from the Heartland Became One of America’s Favorite Films
(2010) CreateSpace

Patricia Keiffner: Get Published
(2010) IBJ Book Publishing

Dawn Knight: Taliaferro: Breaking Barriers
(2010) Indiana University Press

Rita Kohn: True Brew: A Guide to Craft Beer in Indiana
(2010) Indiana University Press

* Andrew Levy: A Brain Wider than the Sky and The First Emancipator: Slavery, Religion and the Quiet Revolution of Robert Carter
(2009 and 2007) Simon & Schuster and Random House

* Douglas Light: East Fifth Bliss
(2006) Behler Publications

* Micah Ling: Three Islands
(2009) sunnyoutside

Vera Maass: The Cinderella Test: Would you Really Want the Shoe to Fit
(2009) Praeger Publishing

Patricia McDaniel: Historic National Road Yard Sale Cookbook
(2009) P. McDaniel

Saundra Mitchell: Shadowed Summer
(2009) Random House Children’s Books

Rusty Moe: Bright Wild Stone – A Contemplative Journal of Roots that Shape a Life
(2010) Fourth Lloyd Productions

Author Nea: Deception at Its Best
(2008) On Top Publications

Duane Nickell: Guidebook for the Scientific Traveler: Visiting Physics and Chemistry
(2010) Rutgers University Press

Dale Ratermann: Unofficial Indianapolis Colts Trivia, Volume II
(2010) Blue River Press

Rita Rose: World’s Tallest Woman: The Giantess of Shelbyville High
(2008) Hawthorne Publishing

* Scott Russell Sanders: A Conservationist Manifesto, A Private History of Awe, and Writing from the Center
(2009, 2007 and 1997) Indiana University Press and Farrar, Straus & Giroux

Lorri Sankowsky and Keri Young: Ghost Hunters Guide to Indianapolis
(2008) Pelican

* Greg Schwipps: What this River Keeps
(2009) Ghost Road Press

Mary Sexson: 103 in the Light: Selected Poems 1996-2000
(2004) Restoration Press

Jennifer Sobleski: Midwest Mischief: An Historical Indiana Adventure
(2009) AuthorHouse

Brenda Stewart and Diana Catt: Bedlam at the Brickyard
(2010) Blue River Press

Tiffany Stoner: FamilyPrint
(2010) IBJ Publishing

Ellen Swain: Growing Up with Bakers Corner, Mary Elizabeth Wilson: A Hamilton County Indiana Life
(2010) Hawthorne Publishing

James Alexander Thom: The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction
2010: Writers Digest Books

Indiana Historical Society Press
Indiana Humanities Council
Indiana University Press
Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library
JCC Indianapolis
The Writers’ Center of Indiana

The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award is a program of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation and is made possible by The Glick Fund, a fund of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

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