Upcoming Events & Information
Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Co-presented by the Writers Guild and the
Bloomington & Monroe County Convention Center
Guest Readers: Michelle Gottschlich and Eric Rensberger
Sunday, Nov. 29
3:00 to 4:30 pm
At the Bloomington Convention Center3
302 S. College Ave. in the Rogers room
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
Michelle Gottschlich studied English and Creative Writing at Indiana University. Her work has appeared in Canvas Creative Arts Magazine, Poetry Quarterly, EGGS, and Midwest Trash. Michelle’s first chapbook VOID SETS was published in May of 2015 under Monster House Press. She runs the monthly Second Sunday Poetry Open Mic in Bloomington, Indiana where she currently lives.
Eric Rensberger is originally from Elkhart County in northern Indiana, but he has lived in southern Indiana, mainly in Bloomington, since 1974. He first conceived the ambition to be a poet when he was in grade school, but kept his sense of vocation to himself, since he was sure that his fellow students would think he was aiming too high. He wrote sporadically for many years, but starting in his mid-twenties he began to write with conviction toward his goal of becoming a poet.
His work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. He is represented in the anthology And Know This Place, which was selected as the 2012 winner of the Best Poetry Books in Indiana prize from the Indiana State Library. Other publications include the chapbooks Letters, Standing Where Something Did, Blank of Blanks; as well as more fugitive forms of publication including poems posted anonymously on public kiosks, street lamp poles, and bulletin boards in restaurants. Eric Rensberger is a convinced and persistent self-publisher. His collected works can be found at the website www.ericrensbergerpoetry.net, which is home to his major work, the ongoing chronological series Account of My Days, at present consisting of more than 1,000 poems.
Free parking in the back.
This event is free and open to the public.
a reading series presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
Featuring writers Dr. Karin Drummond, D.C. and KD Lee Writes
and musician Matthew Allen
Friday, Dec. 4
7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
NEW VENUE! Bloomingfoods EAST 3220 East Third Street
Free and open to the public
Karin Drummond, D.C. lives in Bloomington, IN, where she has been voted the city’s #1 chiropractor six times as of 2015. She lives in the country-side with her husband and two children. For years, her patients have been asking her to write a book, documenting the useful information she shares with them on living well. Once she discovered how easy it is to self-publish when she published her daughter’s fiction book, “Morgan’s Summer”, she decided to take the leap, and share her thoughts with a broader audience.
KD was born in 2003. She lives in the county near Bloomington, IN. She has two dogs and a snake. KD is home-schooled by her grandmother, DD who is a retired school teacher. She has a younger brother Darik, who is her inspiration of the troublesome twins in her Morgan’s series books. She enjoys swimming, playing her guitar, wake-boarding, golf and other activities. However, writing is her true passion. She wrote her first book, “Bad Lilly” when she was just four years old. Her first article was published in a youth magazine when she was eight years old. Shortly afterwards, she started her Morgan’s series.
Mild-mannered computer wrangler by day, Matthew Allen spends his spare time exploring the daunting and often treacherous paths of jazz guitar. When not suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous chord changes, he enjoys a bitter ale, dark humor, and rainy days and Mondays.
Writers Guild Annual Meeting
Writers Guild Annual Meeting, Pitch-in-Pot-Luck, and Open Mic
Saturday, December 5
University Baptist Church
3740 E. 3rd Street (entrance in the back — PLENTY OF FREE PARKING)
Feel free to bring a dish or a treat to share, plus a poem or story for the open mic.
We will hear annual reports from organizers about our regular events, and vote on Chair, Treasurer, and Secretary positions for the Guild.
Hope to see you all there!
Join us for our annual meeting and board elections!
Potluck and open mic!
You need to be a WG member to vote,
and you need to be present at the meeting to vote.
First Sunday Prose & Open Mic
Sunday Dec 6
Boxcar Books 408 E 6th St
Featured readers: Shayne Laughter, Darja Malcolm-Clarke and Eric Rensberger.
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
Shayne Laughter is a Bloomington native, who has lived in Seattle and New York City. Her karmic-mystery novel, Yü: A Ross Lamos Mystery, was published by Open Books Press in 2010. She was a 2014 Artist in Residence at Can Serrat International Arts Center in Barcelona, Spain, and a 2011 participant in the Ghost Ranch Women Writers Retreat of the A Room of Her Own Foundation. Shayne has read her original stories around Bloomington at Writer’s Guild events such as Lemonstone, First Sunday Prose, and the Spoken Word Stage at the Fourth Street Art Fair. Her novel and short stories have won honors in national literary contests. Her current project is a collection of short stories inspired by her grandfather’s writings, about growing up in Monroe County in the Early 20th Century. Her reading for December’s First Sunday is “Emmonsburg Road,” from this collection.
Darja Malcolm-Clarke writes speculative fiction and poetry, and her work has appeared in Clarkesworld Magazine, Strange Horizons, The Dark, Fantasy Magazine, and elsewhere. She attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop, holds master’s degrees in Folklore and in English, and is an editor at Indiana University Press. She is currently writing a novel and working on a poetry collection. She is certain that some day she’ll realize her life-long dream of becoming a bog body.
Eric Rensberger is originally from Elkhart County in northern Indiana, but he has lived in southern Indiana, mainly in Bloomington, since 1974. He first conceived the ambition to be a poet when he was in grade school, but kept his sense of vocation to himself, since he was sure that his fellow students would think he was aiming too high. He wrote sporadically for many years, but starting in his mid-twenties he began to write with conviction toward his goal of becoming a poet. His work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies. He is represented in the anthology And Know This Place, which was selected as the 2012 winner of the Best Poetry Books in Indiana prize from the Indiana State Library. Other publications include the chapbooks Letters, Standing Where Something Did, Blank of Blanks; as well as more fugitive forms of publication including poems posted anonymously on public kiosks, street lamp poles, and bulletin boards in restaurants. Eric Rensberger is a convinced and persistent self-publisher. His collected works can be found at the website www.ericrensbergerpoetry.net, which is home to his major work, the ongoing chronological series Account of My Days, at present consisting of more than 1,000 poems.
Writers Guild Board Nominations – Soon to be announced
According to our By Laws we elect our Board Members each year in December at our end-of-year business meeting. We are now accepting nominations for these positions. Self-appointed nominations are welcomed. The deadline for submitting nominations is November 15.
If you’d like to nominate someone, or nominate yourself, please send the nomination with Name of Nominee and Nominated Position to: email@example.com
We will send out an email prior to the annual meeting with the list of nominees.
Below is the list of Board positions and their duties. The Board of Directors of the Writers Guild consists of three members elected annually at the December business meeting. The positions are: Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Their responsibilities are:
Chair: Calls and presides over Board meetings, business meetings, membership meetings, and elections. Coordinates the committees and calendar for Writers Guild produced events and co-produced events. Leads any fundraising efforts. Has signatory power on checks. The Chair may make temporary appointments for an assistant for specific tasks and projects.
Treasurer: Collects and banks income, keeps books, prepares annual financial report, and submits tax reports. Has signatory power on checks.
Secretary: Keeps minutes of Board meetings and makes them available to the membership. Keeps administrative, meeting, and membership records.
Terms & Limits: Nominees must be Guild members for at least one year and have attended 6 of the 10 monthly business meetings to be eligible to run. Board Members will serve until the end of December of the year they were voted into their position. Board Members will serve one-year terms, and may serve five (5) consecutive terms. Additional terms in the same position may be served after a one-year absence from the Board position. Board members are required to attend at least sixty percent of all business meetings. Any Board member who cannot make this commitment will not be eligible for election the following year.
Current Board Members are:
Tony Brewer, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Haines, Secretary email@example.com
Annette Oppenlander, Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact them with any questions you have about a position.
Please Note: If you have received this email then you have signed up to be a member of the Writers Guild and may now make nominations and vote in December.
Thank you for being part of the process!
A Writers Resource:
for all detectives and courtroom dramas
Are you interested in courtroom dramas, murder mysteries, detective stories in all formats, book, television, film? As a writer, you now have an indispensable resource for all things legal. Writers Guild member and lawyer Karen Wyle, has written a highly useful and entertaining resource titled:
Closest to the Fire: A Writer’s Guide to Law and Lawyers.
Closest to the Fire: A Writer’s Guide to Law and Lawyers guides you through many areas of criminal and civil law and procedure. You can learn about criminal offenses from minor infractions to capital murder on the criminal side, and about the law of contracts, torts, family law, probate, real property, tax, bankruptcy, intellectual property, and more. Karen also covers such less familiar areas as military justice and federal admiralty law, and addresses such issues as when a case is tried by a jury and how juries are chosen, the unexpected problems with eyewitness testimony, and the ways courts deal with the destruction of evidence, among many others. She explains how people become lawyers, and offers examples of quaint legal customs and common trial tactics. She draws upon her lifelong interest in constitutional law to analyze numerous provisions of the U.S. Constitution and highlight some of the controversies that have arisen concerning them.
Closest to the Fire: A Writer’s Guide to Law and Lawyers is available from Oblique Angles Press in paperback and Kindle editions. The paperback edition is priced at $23.99, and the ebook at $7.99 or less.
A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Karen Wyle worked for law firms and the California Court of Appeal before establishing her solo practice in Bloomington. Karen has filed amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and seven state supreme courts. About one-quarter of her novel Division is set in a near-future courtroom.
Bloomington Writing Project
The Bloomington Writing Project is seeking volunteers to teach basic grammar and writing skills to adults. Volunteers conduct classes from 6-8 p.m. on Thursdays at the Monroe County Public Library. This program is a partnership between Volunteers In Tutoring Adult Learners (VITAL) and the Bloomington Writing Project. Minimum age is 18. Please contact Molly Gleeson at (812) 349-3173
Ross Gay National Book Awards Finalist
Ross Gay’s “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude”
(Pitt Poetry Series/University of Pittsburgh Press, 2015)
is a finalist for the 2015 National Book Awards.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on November 18th.
Miller winner of Ellen Gilchrist Prize in Short Fiction
Alyce Miller has been named the inaugural winner of the Ellen Gilchrist Prize in Short Fiction for her book Sweet Love (China Grove Press, 2015). See the announcement here: http://www.chinagrovepress.com/the-gilchrist-prize-in-short-fiction/.
The Prize is named for Ellen Gilchrist, 1984 National Book Award Winner for Victory Over Japan, recognized as one of the premier writers of short stories in American literature.
Congratulations Alyce Miller!
You can ADD Your Blog or Website link to the Writers Guild Website. Send it to: email@example.com
You can check out current publishing opportunities under PUBLISHING INFORMATION ON THIS WEBSITE
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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/
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 book: http://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
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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.
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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
Sculpture by Cherry Rahn. Photograph by James McCaffery.