statue-hand-writing-penUpcoming Events & Information


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Third Sunday Creative Writing Workshop

Sunday, September 21
1:15 to 2:30 pm
Monroe County Public Library,  room 1C

For WG Members only. Free.

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 .  (max 8 people)

Send an email to 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.






Writers Guild Monthly Business Meeting

Saturday, September 27
3:00 to 4:30
Monroe County Public Library, room 214
Please join us to see how it all works!
Come and help us make it happen!






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Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic

 Co-presented by the Writers Guild and the Bloomington Convention Center

 With guest poets: Ciara Miller and Tom Tokarski

 Sunday, September 28
3:00 to 4:30 pm
At the Bloomington Convention Center
302 S. College Ave. in the Rogers room

Come early to SIGN UP FOR OPEN MIC

This event is free and open to the public.  Free parking.

Ciara Miller, a native of Chicago, is a poetry MFA candidate and an African Ciara MillerAmerican/African Diaspora Studies MA candidate at Indiana University. She has published poems and academic essays in such collections and periodicals as Callaloo, the African American Review, PLUCK, Chorus, Alice Walker: Critical Insights, and Cave Canem Anthology XII.

Thomas Tokarski is a Bloomington poet and environmental/social activist who writes to fend off despair and cynicism. In spite of the sad state of the world he remains a books and tree saplingreluctant optimist. His poems emerge from a profound interest in and respect for, this complex, beautiful, fragile planet and all the strange creatures that inhabit it, including us. It is the only home we will ever have. It is his firm believe that —
Peace must be rooted in the earth
if it is to flower in the people.




Fountain Square Poetry Series

Presented by the Writers Guild and By Hand Gallery

Featuring: poets Michelle Deschenes, Jessica Franck, Tom Hastings, and Danni Quintos, with guest musician Tim O’Malley

Friday, October 3, 2014
5:30-7:30 pm
In Fountain Square Mall atrium
101 W. Kirkwood Ave.


Deschenes, MichelleMichelle Deschenes is a law school widow and mother of two who cherishes her affair with the written word. Having earned her current wealth of debt via a passion for poetry, she currently earns her keep by pursuing benefactors for poetry and its many siblings. Her interests include practical subjects, such as the philosophy of physics and zombies.

Jessica Franck is a Minnesotan who also loves the Blue Ridge Mountains. She enjoys Jessica Franckdogs, messy hair, and exploring family & cultural lore. Jessica is currently a MFA candidate and Yusef Komunyakka fellow at Indiana University. Her work has appeared in CutBank.

Tom HastingsTom Hastings has been a poet in the schools for the Royal Scottish Arts Council and Indiana Arts Commission. He co-founded the Indianapolis Writers Center and is author and editor of numerous publications. He taught language arts, archetypal psychology and theatrical magic at Harmony High School in Bloomington for 36 years.

Danni Quintos is a Lexington, Kentucky native and an Affrilachian Poet. Her poems have appeared in Pluck!, Still, Toe Good, and Blood Lotus. Danni QuintosShe is an MFA candidate in poetry at Indiana University.

Tim O’Malley has been writing and performing his own songs since the late seventies. He has been fortunate to have made many good friends who like to do what he does. He has lived in photo (2)the Bloomington area for 25 years and looks forward to being a part of your evening on October 3rd.








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A Saturday Garden of Words Open Mic

Presented by the Writers Guild and Hilltop Garden
& Nature Center at Indiana University

With guest readers: Evelyn Reynolds, Roger Pfingston and Tom Tokarski
Followed by an Open Mic.

Saturday October 4
2:00 to 4:00 pm.

At Hilltop Garden & Nature Center at Indiana University
2367 E. 10th St.

Enter off 10th Street via the entrance to Tulip Tree Apartments.

Bring your nature-centric works to read in this beautiful outdoor setting.
A rainy day indoor setting is available so it’s on rain or shine!

Free parking is available in the lot near Hilltop and along the driveway (no permit necessary).

Raised in Oklahoma, Evelyn Reynolds earned her MFA in poetry from Indiana University, where she is also pursuing an MA/PhD in medieval English literature. Her work explores Evelyn Reynoldsintersections between faith, nature, and suffering.

untitledRoger Pfingston is a retired teacher of English and photography, and the recipient of a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has poems in recent issues of Innisfree Poetry Journal, Rhino, Apple Valley Review, and I-70 Review. A poem recently published in Poetry East will be featured in Ted Kooser’s weekly column, American Life in Poetry, in December of this year. His latest chapbook, A Day Marked for Telling, is available from Finishing Line Press.

Thomas Tokarski is a Bloomington poet and environmental/social activist who writes to fend off despair and cynicism. In spite of the sad state of the world he remains a reluctant optimist. His poems emerge from a profound interest in and respect for, this complex, books and tree saplingbeautiful, fragile planet and all the strange creatures that inhabit it, including us. It is the only home we will ever have. It is his firm believe that –

            Peace must be rooted in the earth
if it is to flower in the people.






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a reading series presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

Featuring poets Shana Ritter and Mary Pat Lynch
Music performed by musical duo G&R (Greg Buse and Rebecca Keith)

 Friday, October 10
7 – 9  p.m.
Sweet Claire Gourmet Bakery, 309 East Third Street

Free and open to the public

Shana Ritter is a long time Bloomington resident. Shana writes poetry and prose and Shana-webpieces in between. Her writing has appeared in various magazines and journals including Lilith, and her chapbook, Stairs of Separation, was published by Finishing Line Press. Shana is a three time recipient of the Indiana Individual Artist Grant. She is currently at work on a novel set in 15th century Spain and keeps a blog shanaritter@wordpress.com.

Mary Pat LynchMary Pat Lynch writes poetry, essays and fiction exploring various realities. Her work has appeared in Parabola, PanGaia, Sagewoman, Rocky Mountain Dream Journal, and various Llewellyn annuals, and online in Earthsongs and Mytholog.

Greg Buse and Rebecca Keith form G&R, a folk duo that enjoys singing everything GandR-webfrom 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.







Five Women Poets 40th Anniversary      

Five Women Poets will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary on
Sunday, October 12th, with a 2pm reading
at the Monroe County History Center. 
There will be cake.







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!

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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/


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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

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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