Upcoming Events & Information


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Don’t forget !

January is the Writers Guild’s  Member Fund Drive!

Be one of the members to step forward and SUPPORT your Writers Guild.
Not everyone gives but it is those of you who do, who are active members, that make all the difference!

We thank each of you for your support!

Please keep your member donations coming.

We suggest a minimum donation of $20. If you are able to give more,
it makes a big difference and we appreciate it.

Here’s how:

Write a Check to the Writers Guild at Bloomington and mail to:
Writers Guild
P.O. Box 3445

Bloomington, IN 47402


Donate via PayPal!   Just click the button on the right side of the website.

Remember, your donations are tax deductible!

Start your literary year by making a tax-deductible donation to one of the most active, vibrant, and diverse not-for-profit writers groups in Indiana: The Writers Guild at Bloomington! In 2014, your donations helped make these events possible:

First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
Lemonstone Reading Series
Third Sunday Writing Workshops
Fountain Square Poetry Series
Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Festival
and other workshops, panels, guest speakers, and more!

We are now 239 members strong and ready for another great year of supporting and nurturing the literary community of Bloomington and beyond.

Thank you Thank you Thank you





First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic

Presented by the Writers Guild

With guest readers Stephanie Haines and Eric Zobel

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

 Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Stephanie Haines writes humorous non-fiction in the form of personal narrative.  SheStephanie Haines has tackled subjects such as moving, dating, and family gatherings.  She says she doesn’t write fiction because she doesn’t have to, given the colorful characters in her life.  Her hobby is grousing about inaccurate movie adaptations of Jane Austen novels.  Stephanie can be found at:  www.stephaniehaines.com.


Eric Zobel is currently a Ph.D. student in the department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University. His research interests include experimental theatre and film, art as Eric Zobelsocial action, and avant-garde performance.  He will be presenting a prose piece for multiple voices, “Adventures in Indifferenceland”,  Readers: Tony Brewer, Joan Hawkins, Patsy Rahn, Eric Zobel

 Free, and open to the public. Free parking on Sunday.









Fountain Square Poetry Series

Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington and By Hand Gallery

Featuring: poets Hilda Davis, Adam Henze, Joshua Johnston, and Bre Robinson
with guest musician Brandon Pfeiffer

Friday, February 6
5:30-7:30 pm
In Fountain Square Mall Atrium    101 W. Kirkwood Ave.

Hilda Davis is a first-generation American from Staten Island, New York. She began Hilda Daviswriting to discover and develop her voice, and is enjoying the process. She is currently a first year M.A. Candidate in the Department of African-American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.


Adam HenzeAdam ‘Henzbo’ Henze is a professor, poet, pedagogue, and pretty alright guy.  His work has appeared on PBS’ Mainstreet and NPR’s All Things Considered, though his favorite performance took place in a parking lot.  He is the author of one book of verse, Written in the Dish Pit, published through Indianapolis’ ChatterHouse Press.  Adam is currently a doctoral student in the Literacy, Culture and Language Education at Indiana University, and teaches the dreaded W131 English class required of all students sporting cream and crimson.

Joshua Johnston was born and raised in Caneyville, Kentucky.  His work has appearedJosh Johnston Bio Pic in publications such as Spork, Shampoo, Lent, and Pretty Owl.  He is currently a first year MFA candidate in Poetry at Indiana University.



BreBre Robinson graduated from Indiana University in 2013. Bre began exploring spoken word poetry while studying at IU, and won two slam poetry competitions. Bre’s poetry is inspired by Andrea Gibson and Kendrick Lamar.


Armed with an acoustic guitar and an open journal, Brandon Pfeiffer builds accessibleBrandon ballads oscillating between the earnest and the tongue-in-cheek. His introspection reveals a continual coming of age and lyrics reflect invitations to hope. Fine-tuned vocal melodies trace his contemporary airs, creating space for listeners to simply observe Pfeiffer’s personal work in progress or pack their belongings and move into their own. As one fan described, “You don’t attend a Brandon Pfeiffer show; it attends you.”

And be sure to stop by and visit:

By Hand Gallery will be presenting a new show for the upcoming Gallery Walk on Friday, February 6th, “Rural Landscape: Power and Light.”  

In her newest tapestry work, Laura Foster Nicholson seeks to come to terms with the architecture of energy generation in the Midwest, and its effect on those living in the region.  She uses weaving’s rational lines to make sense of a strange juxtaposition of culture.The opening reception will be Friday, February 6th, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., and will be on display from February 6th – March 28th, during regular business hours.







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Presented by Women Writing for (a) Change, Bloomington
Kim Evans, facilitator:
Certified Kaizen-Muse™ Creativity Coach and Writing Facilitator

Saturday, February 7
1:00-4:00 pm

Poplar Grove Schoolhouse, 4638 E. State Road 45, Bloomington, IN

Cost: $40

Description: Do you struggle with negative messages that prevent you from fully enjoying or engaging with your creative process? If so, YOU’RE NOT ALONE. You just need to call out your critic. The inner critic is a voice we all contend with when engaging with our creativity, whether we are just beginning, or have been at it for a long time. Left to its own devices, this voice can limit or destroy our relationship with our creative life. In this workshop, we will combine written and visual exercises to help us identify our critical voice, give it form, engage it in dialogue, and free ourselves from its influence. This will be a playful, inquiry-based exploration in a carefully-held space. Expect surprises to arise from this exploration of our shadow voice as we transform our inner critic into our inner ally.

Contact for more information or to register: Kim Evans (812) 360-0879 or visit www.wfacfb.org





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Second Year Reading

IU University Creative Writing Program
Feb 12 2015
7:30 PM
The Back Door 207 S College Ave


Ross Gay’s Release Party: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Feb 14 2015
7:00 pm
I Fell Building 415 West 4th Street








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Indiana University Writing Conference:
75th Anniversary

May 30th – June 3rd.

Registration opens Feb. 15th

Scholarship deadline March 31











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Arts Commission encourages Hoosier artists to apply for Individual Artist Program grants   

(Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that Hoosier artists in selected disciplines have until Friday, February 6, 2015 to submit grant applications for the IAC’s Individual Artist Program.

Eligible projects will only be considered in the areas of: dance, literature, music, theatre, and folk arts related to the traditional disciplines listed here. Artists with disabilities are encouraged to apply for projects related to the eligible disciplines either through the discipline directly or through the access category.

Individual artists living and working in Indiana may apply for up to $2,000 from the IAP grant, which requires no matching funds. The grants are intended to assist artists with specific project-related costs that will help them further their career and provide some form of public benefit through the completed project.

The application guidelines and the online grant application system are currently accessible on the IAC website and can be found at: www.in.gov/arts/individualartistprogram.htm.

Application for IAP grants will only be available through the online grant system, and artists are encouraged to read through the guidelines completely before starting the application process. The deadline for application is February 6, 2015.

Applicants must be 18 years of age, must be an Indiana resident for at least one year prior to the date of application, and plan to remain in the state for the full grant period. Artists may not be enrolled in a degree-granting program. All projects must be completed between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Applications must be submitted through the Indiana Culture Grants Online at http://indianacgweb.org/.

For more information, please contact Sarah Fronczek at 317-232-1274 or email sfronczek@iac.in.gov.

The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, everyday, for everyone in Indiana.







 Flash Fiction writing workshop at the Djerassi Art Colony

Feb 13-18, 2015

Laurie Stone is teaching a flash fiction writing workshop at the Djerassi Art Colony in Woodside, Ca, from February 13-18. All information about applying, costs, and accommodations is provided in the Djerassi link below as well as in the link to her website that includes some of her writing, flash fiction prompts, and recommendations from students





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

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!




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  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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