Upcoming Events & Information



First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic

Presented by the Writers Guild

Sunday, August 2 3:00 to 5:00 Boxcar Books 408 E 6th St

Featured readers:   Richard Durisen, Annette Oppenlander, Jim Stark

 Come early and Sign Up for Open Mic!

Richard H. Durisen is a Professor Emeritus of Astronomy   at Indiana University DurisenBloomington. Since his retirement, he   has been writing poetry and short fiction, with poems published   in Disturbed Digest, Illumen, and FrostFire Worlds and stories   in 713 Flash and The Ryder. His poems usually concern mortality,   nature, or metaphysics, while his stories typically fall in the fantasy, dark fantasy, horror or scifi genres.   OppenlanderAnnette Oppenlander loves telling teen stories that take place in interesting and challenging historical settings. She is the author of two published historical novels and several short stories about World War II. She will read from her second book, Escape from the Past – The Duke’s Wrath, about a nerdy teen who, trying out an experimental computer game, unwittingly time-travels to medieval Germany where he must not only survive but figure out a way home.  The story is based on the history of Castle Hanstein in Thuringia, Germany and its most famous knight, Werner von Hanstein. Annette lives with her family and mutt Mocha in Bloomington, Ind. For more information please visitannetteoppenlander.com. Copies of her novel, released July 31, 2015 by Lodestone Books, will be available for sale and to autograph. Jim Stark retired from the electrical wholesaling business in 2000 and has filled his Starkleisure years taking cross country flights as a pilot, making extended motorcycle/camping trips, and enjoying sailing vacations in the British Virgin Islands. All his adventures have been documented in journals, some of which appeared as magazine articles in Wing World Magazine, Cessna Owner’s Magazine and the Naval Aviation Museum publication, Foundation. His first book, Two Turning, Two Burning, is a memoir about his experiences as a navy pilot hunting Russian submarines. The latest book Great Lakes Skipper is a historical novel based on the life of Jim’s great, great, great-grandfather.

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Third Sunday Writing Workshop

For Writers Guild members only – free

Sunday, August 16 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.

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a reading series presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

 Featuring poets Tom Hastings and Erin Livingston
and musical duo G & R

 Friday, Aug 21,
7 – 9 p.m.
NEW VENUE! Bloomingfoods EAST Patio
Room, 3220 East Third Street

 Free and open to the public

 Hastings has been a poet-in-residence for the Royal Scottish Arts Council and Indiana Arts Commission. He  co-founded the Indiana Writers Center and has edited and authored numerous publications. A retired high school teacher known for his lively poetry performances, he currently demonstrates magic effects at Rich Hill’s Magic and Fun Emporium in Nashville, Indiana.

 Erin Livingston is an Indianapolis-based poet and performer and a regular contributor to WFHB’s Books Unbound.  In 2014 Erin partnered with the Indiana Women’s Prison for the poetry workshop series The Power of a Sentence, which will return this summer.  She was also the Assistant Executive Director to the Spoken Word Stage at the 4th Street Arts Festival in Bloomington and a featured presenter of Poetry on Demand at Oranje, an annual contemporary arts and music event in Indianapolis.  She is the author of the chapbook series Slutmuffin and has two self-published collections: Turning Tables and Talking to Strangers.  In 2015 Erin is “enjoying a Walden period” retreating from performance to instead contemplate the lake that gathers in her basement with every heavy rain.

 Greg Buse and Rebecca Keith form G&R, a folk duo that enjoys singing everything from contemporary indie folk to classic tunes from the 70’s and 80’s to original material written by Greg. Although they met in 2002, they didn’t start performing together until 2013. Both have positions at Indiana University, families, and other activities that keep them busy, but one day hope to take their music on  the road.





Writers Guild Monthly Business Meeting

Saturday, August 22 1:00 to 2:30 pm Monroe County Public Library, room 214

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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!

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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!




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  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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