Writers Guild Volunteer needed

The Monroe County Public Library is very open to doing joint programs with the Writer’s Guild.   We have presented workshops with them on various aspects of writing over the past years.  The Writers Guild is looking for someone with workshop/project ideas to work with WG member Tonia Matthew on putting these co-production workshops together. The library has deadlines for submitting ideas for workshops.   The deadline for Fall workshops is May 20th.   If anyone has an idea for a workshop, contact Tonia Matthew at antonia.matthew@gmail.com


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 (812) 349-3173 or 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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