Meet an Author, Be an Author!

Aspiring writers and book lovers of all ages are invited for a day-long series of workshops and programs to enhance their understanding of the writing and publishing process during "Meet an Author, Be an Author," on Saturday October 13 from 10:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street.

The event is presented by The Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, a program of The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation that celebrates Indiana's rich literary tradition, as a prelude to the ticketed Indiana Authors Award ceremony later that evening at Central Library.

Free programs presented as part of "Meet an Author, Be an Author" include:

  • Word Dance: The Family Writing Project
    10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
    Center for Black Literature and Culture
    When people write together, they learn more about each other. Families with children of all ages are invited for a unique experience in writing, talking and reading based on Asante Children's Theatre's "WORD DANCE: The Family Writing Project." Presented in partnership with the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Allyson Horton, Barbara Shoup and Keesha Dixon.
  • Indy Author Fair: Meet Hoosier Authors
    10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Simon Reading Room
    Network with more than 40 up-and-coming Indiana authors who offer a wide variety of writing styles and genres. Book sales and signings will be available.
  • Children's Literature Panel
    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    Clowes Auditorium
    Hear what successful children's book writers have to say about their experiences writing, selling and marketing picture books, middle grade fiction and young adult fiction. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring 2011 Regional Author Winner Helen Frost, 2017 Genre Excellence – Middle Grade Fiction Author Winner John David Anderson and 2018 Regional Author Winner Sandy Sasso. Moderated by 2012 Regional Author Winner Barbara Shoup.
  • Get Started!
    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 1 – 2:15 p.m.
    Knall Meeting Room
    Have you been thinking about writing for a long time and are just not doing it? Do you wonder how to connect with other writers in the Indianapolis area? "Get Started" offers writing exercises and lively conversation about writing and the writing life that's guaranteed to jump start the process of becoming the writer you want to be. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Curtis Crisler (11:30 a.m. program) and Sarah Layden (1 p.m. program).
  • Self-Publishing Tricks and Tips
    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    Goodrich-Houk Meeting Room
    Learn the ins and outs of self-publishing during this workshop. This session will offer insights into how to know when it makes sense to self- publish, where to find out information about the variety of ways to self-publish, and what to watch out for if it's the route you decide to take to publish your own book. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Rob Kent.
  • Writing About Your Life
    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 1 – 2:15 p.m.
    Learning Curve Arena
    Sometimes our lives scream and sometimes they whisper – and most of the time they are imperfect. But they are always rich with stories that define and validate us and bring insight and resolution in the telling. The Quakers have a saying, "Let your life speak." This session will help you find the voice to tell your own stories and provide strategies for getting them down on the page. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Tracy Line.
  • Writing The Story of Your Life for Teens
    11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
    Center for Black Literature and Culture
    In this interactive workshop, teens will discuss their writing goals/expected outcomes before learning tips on journaling, how to overcome writer's block and how to stay true to their voice and their story. Presented by Delores Thornton.
  • Editing Panel
    1 – 2:15 p.m.
    Clowes Auditorium
    What do editors look for in a manuscript, and how do you work with the editor assigned to your book, story or article once it's accepted? These experienced editors will offer information and answer your questions about the editing process. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Nancy Baxter (books), Rob Stapleton (literary magazines) and Ray Boomhower (magazines).
  • Show, Don't Tell
    1 – 2:15 p.m.
    Goodrich-Houk Room
    Beginning writers are often told, "Show, don't tell." But what does that mean? This session will explain this basic element of successful fiction, offering writing exercises and strategies for translating the story in your head into a series of scenes and sensory images that will pique readers' interest and make them keep turning the pages. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Barbara Shoup.
  • The Writing Life Panel
    1 – 2:15 p.m.
    Center for Black Literature and Culture
    Learn about how successful writers schedule their writing time, how they approach their work, how they assess and revise it, and how they developed their writing communities. Bring your own questions about the writing life. Presented by the Indiana Writers Center and featuring Maurice Broaddus, Allyson Horton, Curtis Crisler and Angela Jackson-Brown.
  • Open Mic Spoken Word Event
    1 – 2:15 p.m.
    Center for Black Literature and Culture
    Teens are invited to hear from their peers and perform their own original poems.. No prior experience necessary. Just be ready to jump in and share your words. Featuring Devon Ginn.
  • Next Steps on Your Writing Journey
    2:30 – 3 p.m.
    Learning Curve Arena
    This session will offer some tips to help you process what you learned today and time for Q & A about writing and the writing life. Presented by Barbara Shoup, Executive Director of the Indiana Writers Center.
  • Meet the Authors
    3 – 4:30 p.m.
    Clowes Auditorium
    Sit down with the winners and finalists of the 2018 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award as they discuss their writing and connections to Indiana. Book sales and signings will follow. Moderated by John Krull, director of Franklin College's Pulliam School of Journalism and host of "No Limits" on WFYI Public Radio. Featuring Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, James Alexander Thom, Deborah E. Kennedy, Elizabeth Klehfoth and Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi.

For more information on "Meet an Author, Be an Author" or the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, contact the Library Foundation at 317-275-4700.