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Literary Arts

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Indiana Resources

Butler University Visiting Writers Series: Held on the Butler campus, the events are free and open to the public.

Central Indiana Writers Association: Monthly meetings and newsletter.

Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award

The Indiana Partnership for Young Writers: Provides ongoing and in-depth professional development for teachers of reading and writing in grades K-8 and celebrates student achievements with innovative publications and events.

Indiana Review: 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.

Opportunities, Contests and Submissions from the Writers' Center of Indiana

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.

Storytelling Arts of Indiana

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.

The Writers Guild of Bloomington: An association of writers that holds monthly meetings and produces events including readings, panels, and workshops. The work of a local writer is featured weekly on the Guild's website.

Disability-Related Resources

The Autistic Creatives Collective is a community of talented creative writers, artists and musicians on the Autism spectrum.

Breath & Shadow: A Journal of Disability Culture and Literature

Barking Sycamores: publishes poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid genre work, and art by neurodivergent (autistic, ADHD, bipolar, dyslexic, etc.) writers and artists. 

Blind Professional Journalists Group Scroll down to Groups.

Deaf Poets Society: an online literary journal that publishes poetry, prose, cross-genre work, reviews of disability-focused books, interviews/miscellany, and art by writers and artists with disabilities of all kinds.

Kaleidoscope Magazine: Publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, creative writing, book reviews.

National Disabilities Task Force of the National Writers Union.

National Federation for the Blind Writers' Division: Networking, critiques, Slate & Style magazine; 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.

Other Resources

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

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Funds for Writers: Free newsletters with listings of grants, contests, freelance markets and contract job opportunities.

NewPages.com: News, information and guides to independent bookstores and publishers, literary magazines, alternative publications and more.

NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines, 2014 edition: A free, 72-page guide in PDF format to both print or online/digital literary journals.

150 Resources to Help You Write Better, Faster, and More Persuasively

Writers Conferences and Centers: Directory of writing conferences and centers, including scholarship information.

The National Writers Union: The only labor union that represents freelance writers. Many resources on site include information about copyright.

Poets.org from the Academy of American Poets

Writing for DOLLARS! Free e-newsletter for writers. Search the Writing for Dollars Guidelines Database for writing markets (publications, etc.). It's extensive and frequently updated.