“Don't pursue a career in the Arts unless you love the Arts truly, madly, deeply. And do not have any delusions about what awaits you both in educational settings, and in the job market. …If you think you're gonna get a break because you have a disability, think again. …You better be the best you can be at what you do, and do not allow yourself to use your disability as an excuse NOT to work continually and consistently towards total professionalism and high standards of quality.”
-- Jaehn Clare, professional theatre artist, from "A Career as an Artist Ain't an Easy Row to Hoe," keynote address for The Art of Employment: Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities on March 25 & 26, 2002 at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN.
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IndyArts Artists Database: Central Indiana literary artists may be be included in the database, sponsored by the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
Butler University Visiting Writers Series: Held on the Butler campus, the events are free and open to the public.
An established non-profit literary magazine dedicated to showcasing the talents of emerging and established writers.
Indiana University Writers' Conference: Held annually in Bloomington, with classes on fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction for all skill levels. Public readings are free.
Indiana Romance Writers of America: Monthly meetings held in Central Indiana with informational presentations. Also sponsors annual retreat and Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest.
Midwest Writers Workshop: Sponsors annual conference in Muncie,writers retreat and more.
Southern Indiana Review: This publication presents a cross-section of emerging and established artists and writers whose work is both regional and national in scope and degree of recognition.
Southern Indiana Writers: The group meets weekly in the Floyd/Harrison area.
Writers' Center of Indiana: An organization whose mission includes nurturing a
writing community and supporting established and emerging writers in
Indiana. Offers public classes
and workshops on business skills for writers and on writing in all genres.
Breath & Shadow: A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature
EverettGavel.com Resources for Writers: Lots of links to a variety of websites, from a writer with vision loss. "Lack of sight does not equal lack of talent, dreams, or desire," says Gavel.
Kaleidoscope Magazine: Publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, creative writing, book reviews.
Mouth: Voice of Disability Nation Bi-monthly magazine, print only. "Reporters, artists, photographers: We want your work, but just like crime, Mouth doesn't pay."
National Disabilities Task Force of the National Writers Union.
National Federation for the Blind Writers' Division: Sponsors annual youth and adult writing contests.
Written on the Body: A Conversation About Disability
Transcript of an extensive, HBO-sponsored panel discussion on what distinguishes authentic portrayals from clichéd, symbolic, or token representations of disability.
The Writers Brigade: Participants will gain professional experience in writing and publishing articles that disseminate research in the fields of augmentative and alternative communication.
Absolute Write: Articles and information for beginning and professional writers of all kinds; online community.
Association of Writers & Writing Programs:
Provides community, opportunities, ideas, news, and advocacy for writers and writing teachers.
Winning Writers: Information about "the best contests and resources" for poets and writers.
Creating An Online Portfolio: by Stephanie Lenz
Funds for Writers: Free newsletters with listings of grants, contests, freelance markets and contract job opportunities.Writers Conferences and Centers: Directory of writing conferences and centers, including scholarship information.
Poets.org from the Academy of American Poets