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Writing Workshops

Looking to develop your own literary skills? We curated a list of writing workshops by Hoosier authors. These interactive workshops engage a variety of audiences and cover several genres. Nonprofits interested in bringing an Indiana writer to their community to provide a one-time writing workshop for a public audience can apply for funds to cover the writer’s fee as part of the new Indiana Authors Awards writing workshop program.

Each year, Indiana Humanities will select up to 10 host organizations and match them to their preferred authors through an application process. Application guidelines, workshop descriptions and an event toolkit are available below. Participating organizations are responsible for working with authors to schedule engagements and cover any travel expenses.

Applications for the 2023 round of programs are now closed.

Please contact Hailey DeWolf at with any questions.

2023 Writing workshops

John F. AllenThe Basics of Writing Speculative Fiction
Curtis CrislerHow to Write the “Sonastic” Poem
Bryan FurunessRemix: Writing Edition
Dave GriffithWriter as Physician: The Healing Power of Storytelling
Lydia JohnsonYour Life As a Poem
Ordering a Chapbook
Samuel LoveOral History for Beginners
Ashley Mack-JacksonThe Personal is Political: The Political is Personal
Chantel Massey Tender and Titanic: Community, Immorality and Care Through Poetry
The Power of Questions, Imagination, and Storytelling in Poetry
Saundra MitchellLetters From Imaginary Places
Alicia RasleyStory-Builders! Let’s Get Started Plotting!
Larry D. SweazyThe Big Secret: Starting and Finishing Your Novel
Shari WagnerPoetry as Memoir: Exploring the Terrain
Kenneth Woods Poetry: Painting with Words
Januarie York Avenger Poetry – The Superhero I Am Workshop
Colors – Socio Emotional Exploration Through Poetry


If your organization is hosting a workshop in 2023, use these resources to help organize, promote and report your event. If you’d like to attend a workshop, check our events page for details.