Upcoming Events & Information

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First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic

presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

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

Guest Readers: Lana Spendl, Alexandria Barkmeier, Katie Moulton

Lana Spendl is a Pushcart-nominated writer who holds an MFA in creative writing and Lana Spendlan MA in Hispanic literatures from Indiana University. Her creative work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Cortland Review, Greensboro Review, Monkeybicycle, and Prick of the Spindle. She is currently working on a short story collection that centers on her native Sarajevo after the Bosnian war.

Alexandria Barkmeier is a 2nd year Fiction student in IU’s MFA program. She is the current Fiction Editor for the Indiana Review and a recent recipient of the Writer in the World Fellowship. Her fiction can be found at the Eunoia Review, and she has also Alexandria Barkmeierpublished policy analysis in the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy and the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section. She comes to the MFA by way of living her early life in Boulder, attending college in Pennsylvania, teaching elementary school in Denver, and completing law school and policy work in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College and Georgetown Law. Most of the time she can be found with her perfect and adorable black lab named Gizmo, whom experts anticipate will be one of the first dogs to live to be 100.

Katie Moulton’s creative and critical work has appeared in the Village Voice, Quarterly Katie MoultonWest, Ninth Letter Online, Post Road, the Dallas Observer, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, among others. She is the winner of the 2013 Devil’s Lake Driftless Prize in fiction, and her writing has been supported by fellowships from Indiana University and OMI International Arts Center. Former editor-in-chief of Indiana Review, she now works at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater and serves as a DJ and producer at WFHB radio.

Come early to sign up for OPEN MIC




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Haibun: The Best of Both Worlds
a writing workshop

co-sponsored by the Monroe County Public Library
and the Writers Guild at Bloomington

Sunday, November 9
2-4 pm
Monroe County Public Library
303 E. Kirkwood 2nd Floor, Program Room B
(and remember, parking downtown is free on Sunday!)

Haiku + Prose = Haibun!

Join in an exploration of this literary art form. Common themes in Haibun include travel, memoir, and nature. Humor is also used to great effect.

 Please register with the library by calling 812-349-3228 OR
go to mcpl.info and click on “Events.”





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Third Sunday Writing Workshop

presented by the Writers Guild, free to members

Sunday, Nov. 16
1:00 to 2:30
The rooms at the public library are all booked this day, so
we will meet in a meeting “hallway” just
next to Rachels Café. To get there, go into Rachels Café, (and pick up a hot drink!) then go out the back door where there is a red Exit sign. This takes you into the hallway space with table and chairs. A unique, quiet location for writing!

To register, email: p*rahn*@att*.net  (remove asterisk)

Free parking. See  you there!




 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 six 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, often 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
Each month: 
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 
Each month: 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
Each month: F
ree Creative Writing Workshop for Writers Guild Members Only.  For more information go to the Member tab above, then the Workshop link. We will also occasionally have a Feedback workshop. Keep on the look out for news about these special workshops.

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.


For more information, and to receive an occasional email about future classes and performances, email Nell at nellwax@yahoo.com



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

Want to become more involved in the local poetry/literary scene?
click here for information



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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
Follow us @writersguild_bl
Member News on the Writers Guild website
and 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


Sculpture by Cherry Rahn.  Photograph by James McCaffery.

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