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Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Will not take place in August

It will return on September 27




Spoken Word Stage

POD in processJoin us for our biggest event of the year!2 readers

Located at 4th Street and Dunn St.

4 readersAnd help us spread the word! POD

The Spoken Word Stage at the Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts is presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington and supported in part by the Bloomington Arts Commission


10:30 Storyzilla (storytelling)
11:00 Tony Brewer (poetry) 11:30 Joan Hawkins (fiction/creative nonfiction)
12:00 Patsy Rahn (poetry)
12:30 B-ton Storytellers Guild (storytelling)
1:00 Fig Tree Fellowship Radio Players (audio theatre)
2:00 Abegunde (fiction)
2:30 Jack Ramey (poetry)
3:00 Bloomington High School South Poetry Out Loud (poetry)
3:30 Eric Rensberger (poetry)
4:00 5 Women Poets (poetry)
4:30 Andrew Hubbard (poetry)
5:00 Tom Hastings (poetry)
5:30 Frida Westford (poetry)


10:00 Storyzilla (storytelling)
10:30 Claire Arbogast (fiction)
11:00 JL Kato (poetry)
11:30 Shayne Laughter (fiction)
12:00 Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship (poetry)
12:30 Shakespeare’s Monkey (poetry band)
1:00 David Watters (poetry)
1:30 Arbutus Cunningham (storytelling)
2:00 Shawna Rodenberg (poetry)
2:30 Adam Henze (poetry)
3:00 Barb Shoup (fiction)
3:30 Jason Ammerman (poetry)
4:00 James Dorr (horror fiction)
4:30 Lisa Kwong (poetry/personal essay)

PLUS POETRY ON DEMAND all day both days! You Bring The Inspiration, We Make The Poems!

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The First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic

will not take place in September 

due to the Writers Guild’s Spoken Word Stage at the Fourth Street Festival.

Please join us at the Spoken Word Stage over the weekend of Sept 5&6!

The First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic will return on OCT 4.



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Third Sunday Writing Workshop

For Writers Guild members only – free

Sunday, Sept 20
1:00 to 2:30 pm
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.

Free parking






Friends of Monroe County Public Library present

The Power of Words

Presentation by The Honorable John Lewis (D-GA), Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Authors of the award winning graphic novels, MARCH: Book 1 and MARCH: Book 2

Monday, September 21 at 7:30
IU Auditorium

Ticketed free admission
(tickets to be released by IU Auditorium later this summer)







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Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic

Co-presented by the Writers Guild and the
Bloomington & Monroe County Convention Center

Guest Readers: Paul Asta and Jessica Franck

Sunday, Sept. 27
3:00 to 4:30 pm

At the Bloomington Convention Center
302 S. College Ave. in the Rogers room

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Paul Asta 2Paul Asta is an M.F.A. Candidate in Poetry at Indiana University Bloomington. He was born in South Korea and raised in the Chicago Suburbs. He earned his B.A. at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is a recipient of a National Society of Arts & Letters Literature Award and the Vera Meyer Strube Poetry Prize.

Jessica Franck is currently a Yusef Komunyakaa Fellow at Indiana University, where Michelle Gottshlichshe serves as poetry editor of Indiana Review and teaches creative writing. She takes comfort in coffee and forming attachments to dogs on Petfinder. Minnesota is her homeplace. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in CutBank and Crab Orchard Review. 

Free parking in the back.

This event is free and open to the public.







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You can ADD Your Blog or Website link to the Writers Guild Website. Send it  to:  contact@writersguildbloomington.com

You can check out current publishing opportunities under PUBLISHING INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE


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Researcher Available for Authors

Randi Kepecs was a librarian at Cornell University for seven years at the reference desk of Olin Library (social sciences and humanities). She has the experience, expertise and unique access to databases not usually available, some quite esoteric.  She can save you time as she knows just how to find information that can assist writers in what they are looking for.  She specializes in finding the needle in the haystack.

“You know how to write, I know how to research!”

Randi Kepecs, MLIS Intrepid Information Sleuth & Freelance Librarian For her rates and further enquiry contact:  randi.kepecs@gmail.com   607-280-5828



Juan Felipe Herrera:  new U.S. poet laureate

 The Library of Congress has appointed Juan Felipe Herrera as our new national poet laureate.


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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


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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 right-hand side of this 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

NOTE:  Rachael’s Café has recently CLOSED.  We will miss it!  We thank Rachael Jones for giving the Bloomington community, and especially its artists, a place to gather.

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


The Venue Fine Arts & Gifts 114 S. Grant St. Bloomington 812-339-4200 This is an art gallery also known to occasionally host readings by local authors and poets. www.thevenuebloomington.com

The Front Porch 1614 W. 3rd Street Bloomington 812-269-2532 A café and place to sit and read, with a stage and mics for performances and readings.



Sculpture by Cherry Rahn.  Photograph by James McCaffery.


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