Upcoming Events & Information


Local Poetry Contest

The Monroe County Public Library in partnership with Brick Street Poetry. Inc. is sponsoring a poetry contest. Winning poems will be published in an anthology celebrating our state’s bicentennial in 2016. Your poem should capture Monroe County. You can define what that is. The rules are the following:

  1. Be age 12 or older
  2. Capture the essence of Monroe County
  3. Type entries
  4. Enter only one poem per person
  5. Be a current resident, native of this county, or have lived here 12 years
  6. Limit lines to no more than 40
  7. Include contact information
  8. Submit poems by April 10:

Please email your poem to indianaroom@mcpl.info  or drop it off at the Indiana Room or 2nd floor Information Desk

The winner will be announced on April 30, 2015.








First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic

Presented by the Writers Guild

Guest Readers: Tia Clark, Tami Whiting and Madelyn Ritrosky.

Sunday, April 5
3:00 to 5:00
Boxcar Books 408 E 6th St

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Tia Clark is from a square mile town in Westchester, New York. She’s finishing up her TiaMFA in May, and is running away to an ocean as soon as her lease is up. Her work has appeared in American Short Fiction, Fourteen Hills, Five Chapters, Epiphany, and elsewhere.


MadelynMadelyn Ritrosky (BA, UMass-Amherst; MA, UCSB) has a PhD from IU in media & culture, with specific interests in gender, film, and 20th-century American history. She is a contributing reporter with Entertainment Magazine, with interviewees including actor Ioan Gruffudd (Amazing Grace) and director Ken Kwapis (The Office). Madelyn’s work has appeared in Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Entertainment Today, Encyclopedia of Television, Museum of Broadcast Communications, and Max Yield. She has taught various communication/media courses, including Women & Film. Stardust & Moonbeams (co-written by Dena Huisman, PhD) is a women’s fiction novel exploring the heterosexual politics of romance, sex, and relationships, privately and publicly, c. 1928, yet very much about today. We call it smart, fun, sexy – and definitely feminist. It is forthcoming from BZB Publishing. Madelyn has adapted the novel 3 ways: short play Pants Only (produced at Bloomington Playwrights Project), feature screenplay in progress, and male-object-of-the-female-gaze short film in pre-production. It shoots in July at Farmer House Museum.

Tami Whiting: good at everything, expert at nothing. 45 year old junior in collegeTami majoring in English Creative Writing. Creative focus has always been painting, but recently turned to the organizing of words. Just finished a memoir.












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Third Sunday Writing Workshop

For Writers Guild Members only – FREE

Sunday, April 19
12:00 to 1:30  NEW TIME
NOTE: We start EARLY today
so you can ALSO take the workshop  that begins at 2 pm. See below.
Monroe County Public Library, room 214

Enjoy meeting with other Writers Guild members to write in this friendly, generative writing workshop. Writing prompts will be offered to get you started. Fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, flash fiction, creative non-fiction, all styles and genres included. You are welcomed to share your workshop writing

TO REGISTER:  email  thirdsundayworkshops@writersguildbloomington.com Include your name, email and telephone number.

Once you register, you will receive an email confirming your registration. Thanks! And we look forward to seeing you at a workshop.

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Jazzy, Snazzy, Bombastic, Shy:
Putting Your Voice
upon the Page

Presented by the Writers Guild and the Monroe County Public Library

Sunday, April 19
 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Monroe County Public Library, Room 2B

You can register via the Library Calendar.

 Join us in a workshop that explores the vital creative writing element of voice, that mixture of diction, tone, and mood that brings personality to the page.  We’ll provide examples in both prose and poetry, and work together on several exercises. All levels welcome.







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Indiana University Writing Conference:
75th Anniversary

May 30th – June 3rd.

Registration opens Feb. 15th

Scholarship deadline March 31








Charles Wright:  new national poet laureate

 The Library of Congress has appointed Charles Wright from Virginia as our new national poet laureate. He is also the recipient of the following awards: Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.


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The Writers Guild at Bloomington presents the following ongoing events & programs:

For more information look for newsletter announcements and website listings

Lemonstone Reading Series Lemonstone is a reading series in an intimate setting featuring one or more invited authors and usually one guest musician. The event takes place four times a year at Sweet Claire’s Gourmet Bakery.

Fountain Square Poetry Series The Writers Guild collaborates with By Hand Gallery to present the Fountain Square Poets Reading Series.  For this event, four invited poets read in the atrium of Fountain Square mall, along with a musical group, while By Hand Gallery opens a new exhibit as part of gallery walk night. This event takes place three times a year.

The Writers Guild and the Monroe County Public Library The Writers Guild collaborates with the Monroe County Public Library to present workshops at the public library several times a year.

First Sunday Prose Readings and Open Mic – a monthly event:  Three authors are invited to read, followed by an Open Mic. The focus is on prose writing. This event is held at Boxcar Books from 3 to 5 pm. Arrive early to sign up for Open Mic.

  Last Sunday Poetry Readings and Open Mic –  a monthly event: two guest poets will read, followed by a poetry open mic at the Bloomington Convention Center.  Arrive early to sign up for Open Mic.

Third Sunday Writing Workshop – a monthly event: Free Creative Writing Workshop for Writers Guild Members Only.  For more information go to the Member tab above, then the Workshop link.

The Spoken Word Stage As part of the Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts on Labor Day weekend, the Writers Guild presents its Spoken Word Stage with a two day lineup of artists including poets, storytellers, radio drama, comedy, street theatre, and Poetry On Demand.

Workshops and Panels The Writers Guild may also provide special guest Workshops.

Socials for WG members Once or twice a year we gather for a pot luck social, often in an outdoor location, to share food, discussion, and an open mic reading.

Our website provides up to date information on literary events around town as well as information about its members, and information on publishing and local opportunities.

Contact us at:  contact@writersguildbloomington.com   Follow us on Facebook!

Check out our Flickr page for photos of our events


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Want to help others?

Bloomington Writing Project Volunteer to help others write. meets every Tuesday from 3:30pm-6:30pm at Boxcar Books and offers free writing consultation for writers of all levels. Located at Boxcar Books  408 E. 6th Street.


 Story Play Workshops

Nell Weatherwax offers Story Play workshops. Her unique blend of physical movement, imagination, and storytelling can open up your creativity and  allow your true, creative self to come out and play. Visit her website for comments by folks who have taken her workshops, and discover a fresh path to your inner storyteller. http://nellweatherwax.com/classes-and-workshops.html For more information, and to receive an occasional email about future classes and performances, email Nell at nellwax@yahoo.com   poetryreading Letter Writing Alliance    http://16sparrows.typepad.com/letterwritersalliance/

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Every Wednesday is Poetry Open Mic Hosted by the Grant Street Musicians Co-op Wednesdays at 9:30 to 10:30  pm

Every Monday is Open Mic for anything creative Hosted by the Grant Street Musicians Co-op Mondays at 6:00 pm

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multi booksFirst Book:  a good cause

First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors affecting literacy – access to books. An innovative leader in social enterprise, First Book has distributed more than 100 million free and low cost books in thousands of communities. First Book now has offices in the U.S. and Canada. For more information on how you can get involved, visit the First Book website: http://www.firstbook.org/


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Information Corner


Trans Artists, a resource listing domestic and international artist residencies: http://www.transartists.org.

https://duotrope.com/    Duotrope:  A a searchable database of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry markets. Good Writers Resource to help search publications. Lots of interesting and useful features. Began charging a $5 per month fee in 2013. Offers free trial period.

http://www.tribalauthor.com/enhanced-e-book/#comment-702  points to an article about iBooks Author.  It was developed to create e-textbooks, “enhanced” with audio, video, images and interactivity.

Actual iBooks Author site is at http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/

Blurb.com has expanded its photobook self-publishing offerings to encompass text-based books. They have made an add-in for Word 2007 and 2010 that makes it really easy to compose pocket- and trade-sized with soft or hard covers and then upload the book to its site and have as many printed as you want. The prices are quite reasonable when compared to working with a rip-off vanity press. It’s a great idea for those who want to move their writing into a more professional looking format and aren’t interesting in chasing traditional publishing.  Here’s the link:  http://www.blurb.com/word-addin

They will also help you sell your bookhttp://www.blurb.com/sell-your-book

For those who want ISBN numbers, they can be purchased independently. Here’s the link: http://www.isbn.org/standards/home/index.asp

Free guides for authors:   http://www.bookbaby.com/free-publishing-guides

Publishing e-books option from  BookBaby e-Books

Kickstarters:  A Fundraising “How To” for Writers


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Information on this website:

Check out local literary happenings on our homepage, and feel free to submit your event. The Publishing Information section highlights publishing opportunities. We invite you to Join the Writers Guild and get the added benefits of being a Member (see Join tab above). And whether you are local or not, check out the Resources section for interesting websites and information. Also take a look at the Quick Note message (see right side) to see highlighted events at a glance. We look forward to sharing information and ideas with you, and hope to see you at many of the literary events around town.

 If you’d like to support our efforts to provide timely and accurate information on literary events, produce readings series, workshops, open mics and more, please make a contribution. Your support pays for our website, post office box, as well as our slim and trim budget for events such as our Spoken Word Stage, Writers Guild readings and workshops, and Writers Guild socials. We are volunteer run,managed, and creatively imagined, and we do a lot on very little! Thanks for your help.

You can quickly and easily make a donation by clicking the PAYPAL button at the top right of the page. Or, you can make a check out to: Writers Guild at Bloomington, Inc. and mail it to:

Writers Guild at Bloomington P. O. Box 3445 Bloomington, IN 47402

Thank you!




The Writers Guild at Bloomington is now on TWITTER
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Member News on the Writers Guild website is now OPEN TO THE PUBLICand accessible via theMember News TAB at the top of the homepage. This means the public will be able to view your latest publications, awards, etc.

  Support Our Writer Friendly Businesses

Rachael’s Café 300 East Third St Bloomington

 A place frequented by artists, this café is one of the few places in town that offers a free stage for readings and performances. There is a minimal fee to have a sound person set up the sound system. Let’s support Rachael’s Café and keep this writer-friendly venue open and healthy. Stop by for lunch, dinner, to see an event or just sit and write.  Open Mon-Fri at 8am, Sat-Sun at 9am and stay open until events end, or 9 pm if no event is scheduled. For all general inquiries, please call: 812-330-1882. For all booking requests, please email Rachael’s Cafe at this email address: rachaelsbooking@gmail.com For event information go to: facebook page

Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery 309 East Third Street

We thank Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery for hosting our Lemonstone reading series. This is a lovely place to sit and read, write, chat with friends. It’s a good place for writers!

Open Tuesday through Saturday 7 am to 6 pm. Open Sunday 9 am to 6 pm. Call 812-333-6000 www.sweetclaire.com


Sculpture by Cherry Rahn.  Photograph by James McCaffery.

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