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Why I Love the Gathering of Writers

Shoup-for-blog.jpg#asset:403:thumbnail10Barb Shoup is the 2012 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award Regional Author Winner and the Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center. She is the author eight novels, including "Night Watch," "Wish You Were Here," "Stranded in Harmony," "Faithful Women," "Vermeer’s Daughter," "Everything You Want," "An American Tune" and "Looking for Jack Kerouac" and the co-author of "Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process" and "Story Matters." 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. Her young adult novels, "Wish You Were Here" and "Stranded in Harmony" were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults."Vermeer’s Daughter" was a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Young Adults. She is the recipient of numerous grants from the Indiana Arts Commission, two creative renewal grants from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the 2006 PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship.

I don't know about you, but I am up to my ears with politics and gray winter skies-and ready to get together with some people of like mind for a whole day of nothing but writing, talking about writing and talking to writers. 

The Indiana Writers Center's annual Gathering of Writers is one of my favorite days of the year. I love arriving at Indiana Landmarks on Saturday morning, bringing in the coffee and bagels, setting up the book table, getting everything ready for the moment writers start pouring through the door. Sometimes it's a beautiful spring day. Sometimes it's raining (who cares!). But, whatever the weather, everyone comes through the door, smiling, ready for what the day will bring-new ideas, new teachers, new fellow writers who might just turn out to be friends.  

Fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, playwriting - sessions in all of these aspects of writing await you. And an open mic at the end of the day to share your own work. 

We sold out early last year, so don't wait to register!  Find out more info below.

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Writing Well-Done: How Do You Know Your Work is Reader Ready?

Fiction writer Bryan Leung, will address this topic in his keynote lecture for this year's Gathering of Writers, "Raw, Rare, Medium, or Well-done: When can You Stick a Fork in It? (vegetarian version)"

Leung offers a 100% guarantee that the moment his lecture is over, " will know with absolute certainty when any piece of writing you are working on is done, complete, fin."

Though, he says, restrictions may apply: Side effects may include nausea, writer's block, inner peace, turf toe, prolific output, self-doubt, self-confidence, mixed metaphors and/or a lifetime of satisfying manuscripts. You will learn ways to know when your story, poem, essay or play is finished-and much, much more.

Join the Indiana Writers Center at the Indiana Landmarks Center when Indiana's best established and emerging writers will meet for a full day of classes on the writing craft. Sessions in poetry, fiction, playwriting and creative nonfiction will be presented by nine accomplished Indiana writers, including Andrew Black, Brian Brodeur, Mary Ann Cain, 2016 Emerging Author Winner Sarah Gerkensmeyer, Jean Harper, George Kalamaras, 2015 Regional Author Winner Adrian Matejka, Michael McColly and 2010 Emerging Author Winner Greg Schwipps.  You'll leave full of inspiration, armed with ideas to reach the moment when you know your work is well-done-along with a hundred other writers who feel the same way.  Brian Leung, author of "World Famous Love Acts," "Lost Men," and "Take Me Home," is a past recipient of the Lambda Literary Outstanding Mid-Career Prize. Other honors include the Asian-American Literary Award, Willa Award and the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction. His short fiction, poetry and nonfiction have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, online venues and anthologies. "Shuhua's Suite" originally appeared in Blythe House Quarterly. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. He lives with his husband in Lafayette, Indiana, where he is the Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University.

Make your Gathering experience complete- take the Sunday Master Class with Brian Leung! This class will focus on both new and traditional revisions strategies toward stronger creative work. There will be an emphasis on prose, but plenty for poets to consider as well.  Attendees may bring from their own work a prose excerpt or several poems, but this is not a requirement.  

Master Class: Revising Revision 2017 Gathering of Writers: $85 Members / $150 Nonmembers *A limited number of scholarships are available for full-time students. They may be requested with a teacher recommendation. Email Lunch will be provided for all attendees who pre-register.

Go to the Website Gathering Page for all the details about this event.