Upcoming Events & Information



First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic

Presented by the Writers Guild

 Guest Readers:   Alyce Miller, Doug Case and Peter Kispert

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

 Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Alyce Miller is the award-winning author of three books of fiction and a book of Alyce Millernonfiction, to be published this year by Reaktion Books in their prestigious Animal Series. Another book of fiction is also forthcoming in the next year. More than 250 poems, essays, articles, and stories have been published and anthologized.  She teaches in the IU Graduate MFA program, and currently serves as the Director of Admissions.  She is also an attorney, with a pro bono practice specializing in animal rights law and family law.

  Doug CaseDoug Paul Case is the author of the poetry chapbooksSomething to Hide My Face In (Seven Kitchens Press, 2015) and College Town (Porkbelly Press, 2015). A recent graduate of the Indiana University MFA program, his essays have appeared in HobartDecemberHTMLGiant, and The Butter.

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Peter Kispert is the incoming editor-in-chief of The Indiana Review and a regular blogger for Ploughshares. His work has appeared in Slice MagazineThe Journal,Ninth Letter, online at Tin House and McSweeney’s.







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Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

Friday, May 15
7:00 to 9:00 pm
NEW LOCATION: now at the Community Room
Bloomingfoods Near West Side
316 W. 6th Street.

With guest readers:  Mary Ann Cain and George Kalamaras

MaryAnnCain-webMary Ann Cain is the author of Down from Moonshine, a novel (13th Moon Press), and two books of scholarship on Writing Studies.  Her fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in journals such as The Bitter Oleander, The North American Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Sun, among many others.  She is the recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission grant and residencies at the Hambidge Center and Hilltop House artist colonies.  She is Professor of English and Women’s Studies at IPFW where she teaches creative writing and rhetoric.  She lives in Fort Wayne with her husband, George Kalamaras and their beagle, Bootsie. 

George Kalamaras, Poet Laureate of Indiana, has published a book of scholarship andGeorge Kalamaras-web fourteen books of poetry (seven of which are full-length), including The Mining Camps of the Mouth (2012), winner of the New Michigan Press Prize, Kingdom of Throat-Stuck Luck (2011), winner of the Elixir Press Poetry Contest, and The Theory and Function of Mangoes (2000), winner of the Four Way Books Intro Series. Kalamaras received an Indo-U.S. Advanced Research Fellowship in 1994 to conduct research in India. He is the recipient of a 1993 NEA Fellowship in Poetry and has twice received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Indiana Arts Commission. He lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with his wife, the writer Mary Ann Cain, and their beagle Bootsie. He is Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he has taught since 1990.








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Third Sunday Writing Workshop

For Writers Guild members only – free

Sunday, May 17
1 to 2:30

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.

Please NOTE: There will be no writing workshops in June or July.

Free parking






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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.

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!

Free parking in the back.

This event is free and open to the public.








Writers Guild Potluck Social & Open Mic


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

More details to come!







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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






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Robert Brewer, Poetry Editor for WRITERS DIGEST, is posting a prompt per day during April for National Poetry Month and, when the month ends, will continue with a weekly poetry prompt every Wednesday.   His blog is at http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides  





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!




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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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