Upcoming Events & Information



Poetry SLAM Night

Hosted by Ciara Miller & Michael Mlekoday

Friday, Feb. 27
8:00 pm
The Bishop  123 S. Walnut

Tunes by DJ Good Peoples
Featuring Anna Binkovitz

To compete contact Ciara or Michael:
ciamille@indiana.edu    mmlekoda@imail.iu.edu

Must be 18 or older with ID

$5 at the door







Writers Guild Monthly Business Meeting

Saturday, February 28
3-4:30 pm
Monroe County Public Library, room 214

Get a glimpse behind-the-scenes of our events!








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First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic

Presented by the Writers Guild

Guest Readers: Amy Cornell, Tonia Matthew, and Gabriel Peoples

Sunday, March 1
3:00 to 5:00
Boxcar Books 408 E 6th St

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Amy Cornell was a Herald-Times community columnist in 2007-2008 and had a shortAmy Cornell story published in Bloom Magazine.  She writes short fiction, poetry, and memoir. She leads writing circles for women at the Writing for a Change Foundation-Bloomington, and also for the women of the Monroe County Corrections Center.

images_nypl_org fox writingAntonia Matthew is a transplant to Indiana, via England, British Columbia and Arkansas. She mostly writes poetry — a thank-you to Five Women Poets who have kept her writing for forty years.She has had poetry and short fiction  published in small magazines and wrote a play “Home Front” about the war years in England, which had a staged reading.  She self published a chapbook about her Mother’s Alzheimer’s. She’s written one novel, which she doesn’t show to anyone, and is working on a piece which will use emails, echats and skypes between herself and her daughter in the Gambia.

Gabriel Peoples hails from Detroit, MI and has performed at universities, high schools, Gabriel Peoplesradio stations, community centers, and theaters spanning two countries including: YFM in Johannesburg, ZA and The University of Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal, ZA, the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater in Ann Arbor, MI, Cornell University, and the University of California, Berkeley. He has also performed as a finalist of BNV Youth International Poetry Slam and as a finalist of the CUPSI. Peoples has opened for world-renowned poets such as, Amir Sulaiman, Saul Williams, and Marc Bamuthi Joseph. He desires to inspire people to use their imaginations creatively and with purpose and to think seriously about how their words, ideas, and bodies wield the power to change minds and create worlds. He studies Black performance and is pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies. A student by day, you will often find him DJing a party or writing by night. Ultimately, with one passion rubbing off or influencing another he ends up with a unique collection of music, scholarship, and techniques to perform prose and material with which to compose it.







multi booksThe Indiana Review’s fifth-annual Blue Light Reading

Saturday, March 7
The Bishop Bar

Featuring Alissa Nutting and Oliver Bendorf.








Free Speech Roundtable Discussion

Hosted by the Writers Guild

Sunday, March 8

6:30 to 7:30 pm
Rachael’s Café  300 E Third St

Since the Charles Hebdo attack, questions have surfaced once again about free speech, censorship, self-censorship and the possible consequences of putting words into print.

We invite all Writers Guild members and others, to come share in some serious discussion and thought about the meaning of free speech, its effect (both good and bad), and how it may affect our lives and future.

You might want to watch a 38 minute discussion titled “Journalism after Charlie Hebdo ” that raises a lot of issues. It is from Yahoo News and can be found on youtube.  We will also have quotes about free speech, many by authors, that we will use to jumpstart discussion.

Open to the public








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Third Sunday Writing Workshop

presented by the Writers Guild – Members Only & Free

Sunday, March 15
2:00 to 3:30
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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a reading series presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

Featuring poets Alex Chambers and Ben Debus

Music performed by Tim Baker and Eric Rensberger

Friday, March 27
7 – 9 p.m.
Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery, 309 East Third Street

Free and open to the public

Alex Chambers is a writer, poet, and teacher. He has taught bread-baking, high schoolAlexChambers-web English, and creative writing from campuses to prisons. He lives on a hilltop outside Bloomington, where he once saw two wild turkeys locked in a heated struggle and realized it was a metaphor for something, though he’s not yet sure what. His writing has won an AWP Intro Award and an Academy of American Poets Award, and has been published in Gulf Coast, Paper Darts, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in American Studies at IU.

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Timothy Baker is a founding member of the local alt-country band The 220 Breakers. TimBaker-webOther musical projects include the bands Carpenter and Clerk, and Chainsaw Mondays. He is host of the Switchyard music series, one of Bloomington’s most intimate and satisfying live music venues. Tim has appeared on many local stages and various distant localities, as far as the Rocky Mountains. He is also a partially employed carpenter and a basket maker. His sideman, eric rensbergerEric Rensberger, is well-known to Lemonstone audiences. They met one fine summer day when Tim was strolling down Sixth Street toward the library, playing the banjo. Eric came up from behind him and said, “Excuse me–what key are you in?” He pulled out a harmonica and joined in. This was the origin of their musical collaboration.








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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/

radio mic

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

114 1/4 Grant Street See Grant Street Musians’ Co-op on Facebook

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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