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IU Writers’ Conference

Last modified: Friday, April 15, 2011

IU's 71st annual Writers' Conference June 5-10

April 15, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Writers' Conference, now in its 71st year, will welcome an award-winning lineup of authors to the Bloomington campus of Indiana University from June 5-10 for a weeklong festival of readings, classes and workshops.

Lynda Barry

Cartoonist and fiction writer Lynda Barry will work with participants of the 71st annual IU Writers' Conference.

Classes include "Writing the Unthinkable" with Lynda Barry; "The Art of the Blog" with Gary Ferguson; "The Art of Screenplay" with Jill Godmilow; and "Poetry" with Julia Story. The Writers' Conference will also offer fiction workshops led by best-selling author of Await Your Reply, Dan Chaon, and IU Professor Tony Ardizzone, as well as a poetry workshop with award-winning poet Patrick Rosal.

The three workshops can each accommodate 15 students. Participants can opt to attend the classes only, along with the brown-bag lunch discussions and evening readings. The cost to attend a workshop plus all of the classes is $525 for the week; the classes-only fee is $275 for the week.

"The workshops always fill up fast," said Bob Bledsoe, director of the conference. "This year, we're promoting the conference as the perfect 'stay-cation' for local writers. We also expect a large contingent of out-of-towners, as usual. We've got a great faculty lineup, including our own Tony Ardizzone, of IU's Creative Writing Program. I anticipate that the experience for this year's participants will be valuable and exciting, as it is every year."

Barry, a fiction writer and popular cartoonist, is the Eisner and R.R. Donnelly Award-winning author of What It Is, One! Hundred! Demons!, and the seminal alternative comic strip, Ernie Pook's Comeek. Chaon's fiction has appeared in a number of literary journals and anthologies, including Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Prize Stories.

The conference will screen the film Silent Light at the new IU Cinema, which Godmilow will use as the foundation for her class on screenwriting

Participants can earn up to two credit hours at the graduate or undergraduate level for the workshops, which may be applied toward professional or teacher certification. Early application is highly recommended. The conference is open to writers of all levels.

The Indiana University Writers' Conference is a non-profit organization that supports creative writing in Indiana, the Midwest and throughout the country. For an application and more information visit: