Upcoming Events & Information



Arts Alliance of Greater Bloomington
Seasonal Meeting

Thursday, May 28
7:00 pm

City Council Chambers 401 N. Morton Street

Topic – Fiscal Sponsorship Presenter – Tom Zoss







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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: Daniel Minty & Cecil Sayre

Sunday, May 31
3:00 to 4:30 pm
At the Bloomington Convention Center
302 S. College Ave. in the Rogers room

Cecil Sayre currently teaches writing at Indiana University, where he earned both anCecilSayre MFA and an MA.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Slipstream, Southern Indiana Review, Naugatuck River Review, and Barefoot Review.  He has lived his whole life in Bloomington.

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Originally from Boston, Daniel Minty is a MFA Poetry candidate at IU Bloomington. He spends far too much time watching horror movies. His poetry is forthcoming in BLOOM.

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!  Free parking in the back.

This event is free and open to the public.



Our Summer Schedule is limited to the following events:

Fountain Square Poetry Reading Series on June 5


The Writers Guild Pot Luck and social event on July 26.

Our regular schedule of events will return in August.







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Fountain Square Poetry Series

Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington and By Hand Gallery

Featuring: poets Jelani Ince, Lisa Low, Ciara Miller, and Cate Whetzel
with guest musicians Stephanie Roy and David Roy

Friday, June 5
30-7:30 pm
In Fountain Square Mall atrium  101 W. Kirkwood Ave.


Jelani Ince is a rising second year candidate in the Sociology graduate program at Indiana Jelani FSPSUniversity. A native of Columbia, MD, his interest in writing was sparked towards the end of his freshman year of college after taking a seminar course about protesting and art. He was a member of the slam team that represented Bloomington nationally at the CUPSI competition in Richmond, VA in March. He writes because, as James Baldwin once said, “If I’m kind of a poet, I’m kind of responsible.”

LisaLow FSPSLisa Low has just finished her first year studying poeetry in the MFA program at Indiana University. Born and raised in Maryland, she taught language arts in Chicago before coming to Bloomington. Her poems have recently appeared in Washington Square Review and The Collagist.

CiaraMiller-Lemonstone122014-webCiara Miller, a native of Chicago, earned her MFA in Poetry and MA in African American/African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. She has published academic essays and poems in such collections and periodicals as Callaloo, SLC Review, Alice Walker: Critical Insights, PLUCK, Chorus, Toegood Poetry, Cave Canem Anthology XII, African American Review, Muzzle Magazine, and Blackberry Magazine. She co-coordinated and co-hosted Bloomington's poetry slams at Rachael's Café and The Bishop for the past three years, and she has done a lot of community organizing in Bloomington and Chicago.

Cate Whetzel received her MFA from Indiana University, where she was also Poetry Editor of Cate FSPSIndiana Review. Since then, Cate has served as a Poet in Residence in Chicago public and independent schools with The Poetry Center of Chicago's Hands on Stanzas program, and spent three years teaching English at The Roeper School, an independent high school for gifted and talented kids in metro Detroit. Currently, Cate works as the Program Developer at the T.C. SteeleState Historic Site in Nashville, Indiana. Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, The LouisvilleReview, Gargoyle, The National Poetry Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Bloomington with her husband, poet Ben Debus, and their adorable son.











Noon Talk at the IU Art Museum with Scott Russell Sanders

 Limestone Literature

Tuesday, June 16, 12:15-1:00 p.m.
IU Art Museum  1133 East 7th Street

Gallery of the Art of the Western World, 

 Scott Russell Sanders, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English, will present a selection of readings from Stone Country (his 1985 collaboration with photographer Jeffrey A. Wolin, whose work is currently on display), Limestone Country (1991), and his most recent collection of essays, Earth Works. There will be a book signing immediately following in the IU Art Museum’s Angles Café and Gift Shop. This Noon Talk is presented as part of Indiana Limestone Month. A full list of Limestone Month activities can be found at the Visit Bloomington website








Writers Guild Potluck Social & Open Mic

 Sunday, July 26
12:00 NOON to 3:00 pm
Cascades Park
Sycamore Shelter

Bring a dish to share and some writing to read in the Open Mic.

Enjoy meeting other WG members at this casual event and celebrate our writing community.







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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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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






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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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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