Writers Guild Seeks Treasurer

Our treasurer, Annette Oppenlander, is moving away from Bloomington in May, so the Guild is currently seeking a new treasurer.

Duties include: collecting and depositing income, keeping our books, preparing annual financial reports, and submitting tax reports. Has signatory power on checks.

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. Any Board member who cannot make this commitment will not be eligible for election the following year. 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.

This is a relatively low-impact position, with most activity coming before our annual meeting in December, when financial reports and the next year’s budget are due.

It is also one of the 3 positions required for a functioning not-for-profit (chair, secretary, and treasurer).

Nominations (including self-noms) should contact Tony Brewer: contact@writersguildbloomington.com


WFHB Community Radio is looking for reporters for our award winning Daily Local News broadcast. Would you consider including the following blurb in your newsletter and on the Opportunities page of your website? (Please and thank you!)

WFHB, Bloomington’s one and only community radio station, is looking for reporters to research and report daily headlines for our award winning Daily Local News broadcast and our Thursday morning EcoReport show. Our news staff provide the leads, tho writers are welcome to pitch their own story ideas.There is also room for creating more in-depth feature stories. Potential beats include the arts, the environment, economics, medical/science, sports/health, and technology. Please note that, as a volunteer powered radio station, WFHB does not compensate reporters for their work. However, many of our volunteers find it very rewarding participating in WFHB’s mission to engage and inform the community, often by giving voice to those overlooked by more traditional media. Reporter shifts are typically weekdays 11am to 2pm or 2pm to 5pm. If interested, please contact joe@wfhb.org.

WFHB Community Radio
Bloomington, IN 47404


Call for Submissions: Rape Escapes

Writers Guild at Bloomington members Joan Hawkins and Kalynn Bower are planning a collection of work from other Writers Guild members and focused on the topic of Rape Escapes (working title, approximately 200 pages): stories of escaping an act of rape.

The diverse collection will include poetry and prose, non-fiction, memoirist, and fiction. We’re also open to a variety of lengths, from from short poetry and flash fiction to 20-page short stories.

Send submissions to:  jchawkin93@yahoo.com


Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award
has been held annually since 1981. The award carries a first prize of US$3500 and has four finalist prizes ($1000 each) and five runners-up prizes ($500 each) and there is no entry fee. Stories can be up to 8000 words and must be previously unpublished. The Nelson Algren Award is only open within the United States and entries close on 31 January.


Iowa Review Awards
are open to short fiction of up to 25 pages(double spaced), as well as poetry and nonfiction. First prize is $1500 and all entries will be considered for publication. The judge of the 2017 fiction category is Amelia Gray. Entries open on 1 January and close on 31 January.


Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest
is open to writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who have yet to publish a book. The winner in each genre will be awarded US$2000. Entries open on 1 March and close 15 May.


Indiana Review’s Half-K Prize
offers a first prize of US$1000 and publication. Writers can submit up to three pieces of writing up to 500 words each and there are no genre or form restrictions. Entries open on in July and are expected to close on 15 August.


Radio Broadcast Seeks Comedy Writers
Brad Taft is a sound effects artist with a local (Bloomington/Bedford) group of folks who are preparing to start a radio broadcast in January 2017 which will feature “Local Indiana Music and Musicians” with a comedy element through multi-voice dramatic/comedy skits.
As a point of reference, think “Prairie Home Companion” and/or Garrison Keillor (of “Lake Wobegon” fame). Right now there is no exchange or payment for any of our work. If/when income is generated, it will be equitably shared with all of us involved in the project.
Comedy writers interested in this project should contact Brad Taft:


Writers Group Open to New MembersOur Writers League (OWL) meets every other Monday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Monroe County Public Library. Anyone who has always wanted to write a novel or short story (we’re a bad fit for poets!) and isn’t afraid of constructive criticism is invited to check out the action at one of our meetings.
See the library calendar for our next meeting.


New writing group open to new members

There’s a new writing group in town that meets every other Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. They are open to all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and even song lyrics.  It’s called the Blooming Writers Group and it meets at the home of Juliana Crespo at 909 East Side Drive.

For further information contact:  Juliana Crespo  at **juliana.marcelle.crespo@gmail.com***


The Writers Guild at Bloomington is looking for someone who will help with our monthly event publicity. We need someone to enter our monthly events into the local online Calendars and send the information to the local radio stations for their public service announcements.

You are given a list with all online links and email addresses you need to use.  You will also be sent the information for each event.

We GREATLY appreciate the person who does this for us. Please let us know if you would like to do this.  Thank you!


Women Writing for (a) Change® Bloomington Classes & Workshops

WWf(a)C®Bloomington offers classes, workshops, retreats, and other events with the aim of creating and connecting a diverse community of writers of all experience levels. All programs center around WWf(a)C’s commitment to using writing as a tool for personal and community transformation.   In addition to our very popular semester-long writing circles for women, new programs include: • Calling Out the Critic, a one-day workshop on escaping your inner critic • Writing from the Senses, a six-week series exploring what it means to show, smell, taste, and feel our stories • Connected Through Loss, an afternoon circle in honor of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month, and • Object Lessons, a four-part storytelling workshop on the power of objects in our lives and in our writing.   Many more programs are planned for Fall 2015, including a Fall Break Camp for young women writers in October and a five-week homeschool writing circle for girls and boys, ages 9-12.    To see our entire schedule and register for classes, please visit http://womenwritingbloomington.org. For questions, contact Beth Lodge-Rigal, Creative Director at (812) 325-8427 or creativedirector@womenwritingbloomington.org.


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 voldemort71@hotmail.com. (www.mcpl.infowww.bloomingtonwritingproject.org

The Indiana Prisoners Writing Workshop, in affiliation with the Midwest Pages to Prisoners Project and Boxcar Books, is a correspondence program that strives to form a community of writers who are both inside and outside of the prison system. Our primary goal is to organize correspondence writing workshops that encourage active “inside-out” collaboration and support.

In addition to organizing these workshops we plan to be an all-around literary resource for incarcerated writers by offering reading material, writing supplies, publishing and contest information, and instruction upon request.

We have received letters from a number of incarcerated writers who would like to participate in the workshops. We are now looking for writers on the outside. Poets, fiction writers, and essayists are encouraged to take part. Our goal is to have the groups organized by mid-march and to begin workshopping on April 1st.

If you’re interested in taking part, or just curious, please respond by email to indianawritingworkshop@gmail.com and we will respond to any your questions.

How the program works.

At the beginning of each month you will submit your material by email. We will then make copies and distribute your writing to each member of the workshop. This process will allow you to focus solely on your writing, leaving all clerical work to us. We also appreciate that in correspondence programs such as this identity protection is a relevant concern. Please note that we will never reveal your personal information to other members of the workshop without first receiving your permission. This is another benefit of passing your work through our address – all returns will be addressed to us.

If all goes according to plan, workshoppers will submit their writing to our main address or email by April 1st. We will then copy and redistribute their work. Through April, workshoppers will be responsible for reading their peers’ work and writing constructive feedback. By May 1st, all members of the workshop should submit their feedback for the previous month along with new work for May…and so on for as long as you’d like to continue with us.

Each workshop will be limited to 6-10 writers. At this point we think it’s very possible that we’ll have at least one workshop of each type: poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction essay. A majority of our correspondents write poetry, so we’ll likely have multiple poetry groups. Writers are welcome to take part in multiple workshops space permitting.

Please let us know if you’re interested and we’ll respond soon with your group assignments.

thank you very much !

Indiana Prisoners Writing Workshop
email: indianawritingworkshop@gmail.com

Mailing address:
Indiana Prisoners Writing Workshop
c/o Boxcar Books and Community Center
408 East 6th Street
Bloomington, IN 47408


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


The Brown Foundation Fellowship provides residencies of one to three months for mid-career professionals in the arts and humanities to concentrate on their fields of expertise. Dora Maar House is located in Menerbes, France. The fellowship offers transportation and shipping costs, as well as a stipend. More information is available at http://www.mfah.org/fellowships/doramaarhouse/fellowship/


Hello, Fellow Writers,
Late last summer I went on a week-long writing retreat in a mountaintop cabin in North Carolina.  This place is part of Wildacres Retreat, a small conference center first built in the 1920s and 30s, which hosts interfaith, humanitarian and artistic gatherings. The center is run as a foundation by the Blumenthal family, who bought the place in 1930. They’ve had an arts residency since the late 1990s, which started after a vacation property about a 20 minute walk down the road was donated to the foundation.  The “cabin dwellers” are solitary, no pets or family allowed.  Just the artist and their tools, and the mountain.  Rain on the cabin’s metal roof.  Flocks of wild turkeys pecking in the brush. Sweet, pure mountain spring water (“You mean I pee in this miracle?”). You can walk uphill to eat with the conference staff and participants, or not, if you wish – the cabin has a kitchen and a bath.

I strongly urge Writers Guild members and friends to check out the residency application process at www.wildacres.org They are building two more residency cabins that will be just as private and quiet, which means they can host three times as many “cabin dwellers” next year in their 28-week season.  While a conference at the campus may include performances and readings, you are under no obligation to attend or participate.  There’s nothing for you to deliver at the end of your week – just hang out and get your work done.

Oh, and – try to be “good at the table” when you eat with the staff. That gets you a place in the hearts of some fine people.


Shayne Laughter

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