Afterword: Indiana University reaches for the stars in 2016 edition of Writers’ Conference

The act of writing about writers who have gathering to write is like tip-toeing through the looking-glass world of a mirrored funhouse: Reflections are everywhere, but it’s hard to know where to tread. The Indiana University Writers’ Conference wrapped up earlier this month after five days of classes, workshops, panel discussions and public readings. Director […]

Into words: The Indiana University Writers’ Conference marks 75 years of inspiration

Last Saturday more than 70 writers converged on the Bloomington campus to immerse themselves in a shared craft at the 75th Indiana University Writers’ Conference, which wrapped up yesterday. People came from across town and as far as California to learn from a faculty that included John-Paul Zaccarini, an aerialist and circus Ph.D. who had just […]

Bestselling author Jami Attenberg to lead workshop at IU Writers’ Conference

Guest post courtesy of IU Communications colleague Jaclyn Lansbery: For the past 74 years, the IU Writers’ Conference has brought in a new set of writers, each offering their own set of experiences and expertise to a range of students eager to perfect the art of writing. Jami Attenberg, author of the bestselling novel “The […]

Authors, poets, documentary filmmaker headline annual IU Writers’ Conference

Post by Bethany Nolan of  IU Communications: A couple of weeks ago, I saw author Ann Patchett speak in Indianapolis. She talked about how people, particularly aspiring writers, always ask about inspiration and how to ensure a visit from the writing muse. There’s no secret, she said. Writing is plain old hard work, requiring discipline and sheer […]

Creating the perfect crime (on paper) at IU Writers’ Conference

Post by Bethany Nolan of  IU Communications: My first byline appeared in a college newspaper way back in 1993. Four jobs later, I’m intimately familiar with the rush that accompanies staring at a blank computer screen filled only with a blinking cursor, an unbreakable deadline looming on the horizon. Nevertheless, I immediately started sweating when novelist and […]