New Contact Information
NEW Writing Course - Free & open to the public
Comedy Writing–What’s So Funny?
In collaboration with the Writers Guild at Bloomington
On Tuesdays starting January 21 thru March 25
Instructor Donna Lodge will explore elements of COMEDY in this 10-week course. Fiction and nonfiction writers of all genres–novelists, playwrights, screenwriters, poets, stand-up comedians–and others interested in learning more about humor are all welcome. The requirements are a funny-bone, curiosity, and a pulse! The class will utilize writing exercises which encourage the development of adding comedy elements to your work—learning their components, recognizing them in the work of “professionals,” and using these elements to enhance the comic potential of your work.
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00pm. 10 classes.
Begins January 21, 2014.
Monroe Public Library in room 1A.
Limited to 10 participants.
To register email: dnlodge(at)gmailcom
First Sunday Prose Reading & Open Mic
Sunday, January 5, 2014
3:00 to 5:00
Boxcar Books 408 E. 6th Street
Stay tuned for Guest Readers
Come early to sign up for Open Mic!
Third Sunday Writing Workshops
Sunday, January 19
Monroe County Public Library room 214
Creative Writing Workshop 1:15 to 2:30 pm
Feedback Workshop 2:45 to 4:45 pm
FREE and Open to Writers Guild Members Only –
Registration begins on January 1, 2014
Last Sunday Poetry Reading & Open Mic
Presented by the Writers Guild
Sunday, January 26
With guest readers: Nandi Comer & Anne Haines
Come early to Sign Up for OPEN MIC
Bloomington Convention Center
3:00 to 5:00 pm
first floor, Rogers Room
Nandi Comer is currently the poetry editor of Indiana Review. She is pursuing a joint MFA/MA in Poetry and African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University. She has received fellowships from Virginia Center for the Arts, Cave Canem and Callaloo. She is the winner of Crab Orchard Review’s 2014 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, Spoon River Poetry Review, Sycamore Review, and Third Coast.
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
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 invited author 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 NEW
Coming in 2014, two guest poets will read, followed by a poetry open mic each month at the Bloomington Convention Center. Arrive early to sign up for Open Mic.
Third Sunday Writing Workshops
Each month: These free writing workshops are for Writers Guild Members Only. We provide a Creative Writing Workshop, and a Feedback Workshop. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Follow us on Facebook!
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Bloomington Writing Project
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 email@example.com
is now on TWITTER
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.
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
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.
Writers Guild at Bloomington
P. O. Box 3445
Bloomington, IN 47402
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, as well as search out and feature local writers on our website, 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. We do a lot on very little! Thanks for your help.
You can make the check out to:
Writers Guild at Bloomington, Inc.
and mail it to the above post office address.
Support Our Writer Friendly Businesses
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sculpture by Cherry Rahn. Photograph by James McCaffery.