Oct
5
Wed
First Wednesday Spoken Word Series
Oct 5 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

First Wednesday Spoken Word Series

Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington

 

Sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, Bloomington Arts Commission, and the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association

 

The featured readers are: Dodie Bellamy, Josh Coonrod and James Dorr

Music by Ed Pettersen

TWO WAYS TO EXPERIENCE:
Drop a note on our facebook page and we will send you the ZOOM link
OR
watch LIVE on the Writers Guild at Bloomington page

https://www.facebook.com/events/5319232061493986

 

Dodie Bellamy’s latest books—both from Semiotext(e)—are Bee Reaved, a essay/memoir collection circling around grief, loss and abandonment; and a new edition of her 1998 PoMo vampire novel The Letters of Mina Harker.  With Kevin Killian, she co-edited Writers Who Love Too Much: New Narrative 1977-1997.  In 2018-19 she was the subject of On Our Mind, a yearlong series of pubic events, commissioned essays and reading-group meetings organized by the CCA Wattis Institute.  She is based in San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Coonrod is a horror writer and English instructor at Jefferson Community and Technical College in Louisville, Kentucky. He holds an MA in English from the University of Florida and a PhD in Communication & Culture from Indiana University. October 31, 1985: Six Stories of Halloween is his first book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Dorr specializes in dark fantasy/horror, with forays into mystery and science fiction. His THE TEARS OF ISIS was a 2013 Bram Stoker Award® finalist for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection, with his latest book, TOMBS: A CHRONICLE OF LATTER-DAY TIMES OF EARTH, a novel-in-stories from Elder Signs Press. Dorr has been a technical writer, an editor on a regional magazine, a full time non-fiction freelancer, and a semi-professional musician. He currently harbors a Goth cat named Triana, and counts among his major influences Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Allen Ginsberg, and Bertolt Brecht.

 

 

 

Ed Pettersen
As an artist, Pettersen has worked long and hard to develop his craft and in doing so has achieved a depth and sophistication that is just now being recognized. An emerging Americana artist in the 90’s still driven by the twin influences of Springsteen and the country rebel artists of his youth, Pettersen gained attention for his second release “Somewhere South of Here”. Steeped in Americana and country rhythms, the album fell somewhere between the traditional sounds of Americana and the rocking slide guitar of country radio and the tongue in cheek single “DWIOU” (Driving While Intoxicated on You) found a place in jukeboxes worldwide and on the country line dance charts.

His recent release I Curse the River of Time: A Norwegian American Tale represents a wonderful blend of Norwegian American culture, drawing heavily on Norwegian literature for inspiration as well as his own observations of small town life in Norway. He has released over 20 CDs

 

 

The Writers Guild at Bloomington is committed to diversity, equity and inclusivity.

Oct
9
Sun
Coffee with Friends and author Craig Fehrman @ Monroe County Public Library
Oct 9 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Coffee with Friends

With author Craig Fehrman

Meeting Room 1B
Join us for Coffee with Friends with author Craig Fehrman. Fehrman spent more than a decade writing his first book,
Author in Chief: The Untold Story of Our Presidents and the Books They Wrote,
which The Wall Street Journal called “one of the best books on the American presidency to appear in recent years.”
Author in Chief recently received the Indiana Authors Award for best nonfiction book.
Fehrman will sign books after the talk and have his book available for purchase (cash or check only). All ages.
Homefront  an audio play by Antonia Matthew
Oct 9 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Homefront 

An Audio Play by Antonia Matthew

 

Antonia Matthew’s audio play “HOME FRONT” will be broadcast on WFHB at 91.3 FM.

 

A transatlantic audio theatre co-production of
Political Art, London, and the
Writers Guild at Bloomington, Indiana
World Premiere  |  Sunday, 9 October 2022  |  8pm EST
on Firehouse Theatre on
WFHB Community Radio 91.3 / 98.1
& streaming at wfhb.org

It was originally produced in 2019 by the Writers Guild at Bloomington and performed at the Monroe County Public Library.

At the end of that performance, Richard Fish (WFHB) asked if he could give the piece to a British radio drama group.

Permission granted, work on Antonia’s audio play, continued off and on during lockdown, with UK audio theatre producer John Fryer recording vocal tracks in his spare time.

That halted during 2020 and part of 2021. Richard Fish received the last of the tracks earlier this year and completed the production this month.

The plan now is to air it stateside on WFHB and perhaps WFIU, and in the UK on the BBC.  The dates will be announced and promoted through the Guild.

We plan to enter it in the Audies, essentially the Grammies for audio theatre.

 

The Writers Guild at Bloomington promotes diversity, equity and inclusivity.

Oct
25
Tue
Writing Across Genres class
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm

Writing Across Genres

IU Lifelong learning

With Shana Ritter, instructor

Four Tuesdays, Oct. 25–Nov. 15

Virtual class offered via Zoom*

$75 per person

 

“The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” — Muriel Rukeyser

This is a hands-on class with plenty of in-class writing prompts, activities, exercises, and discussions to strengthen your writing muscles and your written voice. We will generate new pieces of writing as well as look at and apply tools for revision. This class is for anyone wanting to explore writing in different genres and looking to develop a writing practice.

*Please note: This course is a virtual learning opportunity held via the online platform, Zoom. The link needed to participate will be supplied via email prior to the first class session.

 

 
About the Instructor:

 

Shana Ritter’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Lilith, Fifth Wednesday, Georgetown Review, and others. Her chapbook, Stairs of Separation, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her new novel, In the Time of Leaving, is available through Morgenstern Books and Amazon. Ritter has been awarded the Indiana Individual Artist Grant multiple times and she has taught poetry and writing workshops in a wide array of settings. Previously, she was at IU in education and cultural responsivity.

Nov
29
Tue
New Poetry: Close Reading and Generative Writing
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 13 @ 8:00 pm
New Poetry: Close Reading and Generative Writing

New Poetry: Close Reading and Generative Writing

IU Lifelong Learning

With Shana Ritter, instructor

Three Tuesdays, Nov. 29–Dec. 13

6–8 p.m. ET

Virtual class offered via Zoom*

$70 per person

In this interactive and experiential class, we will read and discuss a wide variety of contemporary American poetries. We will talk about style, form, tools, construct, and context. We will deepen our understanding of poetry though multiple opportunities to play with language and create our own pieces. The class is designed to be welcoming for all, whatever your experience of poetry and writing.

*Please note: This course is a virtual learning opportunity held via the online platform, Zoom. A strong internet connection and webcam are required. The link needed to participate will be supplied via email prior to the first session.

 

About the Instructor:

Shana Ritter’s poetry and short stories have appeared in Lilith, Fifth Wednesday, Georgetown Review, and others. Her chapbook, Stairs of Separation, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her new novel, In the Time of Leaving, is available through Morgenstern Books and Amazon. Ritter has been awarded the Indiana Individual Artist Grant multiple times and she has taught poetry and writing workshops in a wide array of settings. Previously, she was at IU in education and cultural responsivity.

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