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IndyPL Author Fair - Meet an Author, Be an Author

Join fellow writers Saturday, August 6 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for an afternoon devoted expressly to Indiana's talented authors. Meet and network with up-and-coming Indiana authors. Add to your writing toolbox with workshops led by experts. No registration is required.

Made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

Writing Workshops
Summer 2022

Journaling: An Essential Tool in the Writer’s Toolbox with John F. Allen
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Learn the importance of journaling for a writer and how to get started. We will cover various types of journals, journal formats, and how they are essential tools which writers can use to corral and organize their ideas, work out thematic issues, use as an emotional release, and so much more!

Nature Journaling with Dominique Weldon
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While many of us may live in dense towns or cities, we can still take the time to appreciate the earth. In this workshop, we will not only closely observe, but write about our environment.

Read Outside: Contemporary Writers with Jessica Reed
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We will study passages from contemporary writers like Robert Macfarlane, Robin Wall Kimmerer, and Merlin Sheldrake. Then we will write our own short exercises and share them with each other.

Read Outside: Poetry and Journaling with Nick Reading
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Through writing that speaks to the theme of community, between the writer and themselves, between the writer and the reader, and between the writer and the natural world, we will reflect on our purpose for writing.

Writing and Creativity

Do you want to draft that novel or revise that story? One of the books on this list might help you see things in a new way.

Several Short Sentences About Writing

Klinkenborg, Verlyn

Klinkenborg writes, "Shape, form, structure, genre, the whole—these have a way of clarifying themselves when sentences become clear." This one made a lot of sense and was very useful.

A Swim in A Pond in the Rain

In Which Four Russians Give A Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life

Saunders, George

This book encouraged me to try to write as well as I can.

The Artful Edit

On the Practice of Editing Yourself

Bell, Susan

Lots of strategies and advice.