Ryser Scholarship open to Writers Guild Members
Sep 20 @ 12:00 am – Nov 30 @ 12:00 am
Ryser Scholarship open to Writers Guild Members

Ryser Scholarship open to Writers Guild Members


The Writers Guild at Bloomington is offering the Ryser Scholarship to Writers Guild members to attend

a writing workshop or conference in 2022. The scholarship will cover costs up to $350.


A couple of examples are:

The IU Writers Conference in Bloomington, or A Gathering of Writers at Indiana Writers Center, Indianapolis.

You are welcome to attend a virtual or in-person workshop or event.

If you have any questions, or to receive an application form, please contact
Patsy Rahn at
Deadline to apply is November 30, 2021
About the Ryser Scholarship

The Ryser Scholarship is named for Joan Ryser, an English teacher who taught at Bloomington High School South for many years. Before she passed away, she instructed her children to direct memorial contributions to a local program to encourage writers. The Writers Guild was honored to be the recipient, and created an ongoing scholarship to help writers attend a workshop or conference. Each year we offer this award to one of the following: an English teacher, a junior or high school student, a member of the Writers Guild at Bloomington.

Opportunity @ Boys & Girls Club
Nov 30 @ 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm
Opportunity @ Boys & Girls Club


The downtown Boys & Girls Club is looking for five writers, poetry or fiction, to give a 45 minute workshop for their teens.
This would be part of a 6 weeks program, with a different writer giving one workshop per week.
The workshop would include a brief talk about your own journey as a writer, a short reading of your work, and then working with the teens.
It will start in January and will be from 5:15 pm to 6 pm.
If you are interested, please contact Justin Williams at:
Thanks for your interest!
First Wednesday Spoken Word Series
Dec 1 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
First Wednesday Spoken Word Series

First Wednesday Spoken Word Series

Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington



Poets Jonie McIntire, Jason Ryberg, John Dorsey

Music by Seth Andrew Davis

Drop a note on Facebook or email and we will send you the ZOOM link
watch LIVE on the Writers Guild at Bloomington Facebook page
Sponsored in part by the Indiana Arts Commission, Bloomington Arts Commission, and the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association 
JONIE McINTIRE is author of Semidomesticated (winner of Red Flag Poetry chapbook contest, 2021), Beyond the Sidewalk (Nightballet Press, 2017), and Not All Who Are Lost Wander (Finishing Line Press, 2016) and poetry editor at Of Rust and Glass. She hosts a monthly reading series called Uncloistered Poetry from Toledo, Ohio. Learn about her at
JASON RYBERG is the author of thirteen books of poetry, six screenplays, a few short stories, a box full of folders, notebooks and scraps of paper that could one day be (loosely) construed as a novel, and, a couple of angry letters to various magazine and newspaper editors. He is currently an artist-in-residence at both The Prospero Institute of Disquieted P/o/e/t/i/c/s and the Osage Arts Community, and is an editor and designer at Spartan Books. His latest collection of poems is The Ghosts of Our Words Will Be Heroes in Hell (co-authored with Damian Rucci, John Dorsey, and Victor Clevenger, OAC Books, 2020). He lives part-time in Salina, KS with a rooster named Little Red and a billygoat named Giuseppe and part-time somewhere in the Ozarks, near the Gasconade River, where there are also many strange and wonderful woodland critters.
JOHN DORSEY lived for several years in Toledo, Ohio. He is the author of several collections of poetry, including Teaching the Dead to Sing: The Outlaw’s Prayer (Rose of Sharon Press, 2006), Sodomy is a City in New Jersey (American Mettle Books, 2010), Tombstone Factory (Epic Rites Press, 2013), Appalachian Frankenstein (GTK Press, 2015), Being the Fire (Tangerine Press, 2016), Shoot the Messenger (Red Flag Poetry, 2017), Your Daughter’s Country (Blue Horse Press, 2019), Which Way to the River: Selected Poems 2016-2020 (OAC Books, 2020), and Afterlife Karaoke (Crisis Chronicles, 2021). His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net, and the Stanley Hanks Memorial Poetry Prize. He was the winner of the 2019 Terri Award given out at the Poetry Rendezvous. He may be reached at
SETH ANDREW DAVIS is a performer, composer, improviser, & electronic musician from the Kansas City area. He is an avid collaborator with choreographers, video artists, animators, playwrights, and his artistic influences run the gamut from pop, free-jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music to film, literature, visual art, and contemporary culture, blurring the lines between genre, composer, and performer. In 2020, together with saxophonist Michael Eaton, he co-founded Mother Brain Records, a Midwest-based label focused on releasing works by experimental & improvised music artists.

The Writers Guild at Bloomington is  committed to fostering diversity,
and welcomes members regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and ability.

First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic @ Morgenstern Books
Dec 5 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

First Sunday Prose Reading and Open Mic

Presented by the Writers Guild at Bloomington
Sponsored by Morgenstern Bookstore
Funded in part by the Indiana Arts Commission


The featured readers are: Abegunde and Wendy Teller

Morgenstern Books 849 S Auto Mall Road (the old Pier 1 Imports)

Come early to sign up for Open Mic!



Abegunde is a Memory Keeper, poet, ancestral priest, healing facilitator, and doula. Recently published work can be found online in If My Body Could Talk (Mouth): Black Women’s Digital Puzzle Project, North Meridian Review, and FIRE!!!; in the books The Eternal Year of African People and Theorizing Folklore from the Margins: Critical and Ethical Approaches; and in the exhibitions Keeper of My Mothers’ Dreams and Sister Song. Dr. Abegunde is a Cave Canem fellow and faculty member in the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.



Wendy Teller writes fiction, memoir, and history. Her stories have appeared in Chicken Soup for the SoulThe Naperville Sun, and Rivulets. Her story Dusting the Towels received the Richard Eastman Prose Award.Wendy’s   books include Becoming Mia, a story of coming of age in the turbulent 1960s, and Hungarian Rhapsody, about a young woman who wants to follow her own dreams in the repressive culture of 1905 Hungary. The sequel to Hungarian RhapsodyHungarian Lament, will be finished any day now. Wendy and her husband, science fiction author Richard F. Weyand, live on a cliff in the woods near Bloomington, Indiana.







The Writers Guild at Bloomington is  committed to fostering diversity,

and welcomes members regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and ability.

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