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Indy WordLab Offers Free Creative Writing Workshops

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Indy WordLab Offers Free Creative Writing Workshops


EtchingsFest 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016
1:00 PM

Metonymy Media
1052 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, IN

Greetings, Word Scientists! Indy WordLab is excited to share an upcoming literary event to be held at their normal WordLab space, Metonymy Media, on Saturday, September 10. There will be three workshops throughout the afternoon, culminating in a reading at 4:00 pm. Come for some, come for all, just come. Best of all, it’s free!

Join winners of the Etchings Press Chapbook and Novella Contests for an afternoon of free creative writing workshops and a reading by the winners. The winners will offer free writing workshops throughout the afternoon–stop by for one or stay for all. At 4:00 p.m., they will read from their winning books. This event is sponsored by Etchings Press, the student-run publisher of the University of Indianapolis Department of English, and Metonymy Media. Current and past winning chapbooks will be for sale throughout the event.

Date: Sept. 10, 2016Time: 1:00-5:00 p.m. Location: Metonymy Media, 1052 Virginia Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana

1:00 – Fiction Workshop
First Person, Second Story
Adam Fleming Petty
A story, a storyteller: what is the difference? Is a storyteller part of the story, or does she stand outside the story, describing the events and characters? In this session, we will look at different strategies of narration, investigating what it means for a character to be a narrator, and vice versa.

2:00 – Poetry Workshop
Leaping and Shadow
Kelli Allen
Poetry requires us to jump, sometimes high, sometimes far. Often, it means we need to leap closer to an image, pet its feathers, firm-stroke its fur, to get its flavor to the page. We will play with untying the long shadow bag we drag behind us to let loose the tools meant for tiny and massive leaps. Come prepared to get weird, silly, and full of praise for the objects we can see, and more so for the ones we imagine.

3:00 – Nonfiction Workshop
Mapping Your Story of Home
Shannon McLeod
Sometimes it can be difficult to recall specific memories in the places where we’ve spent the most time: our homes. Yet, this is where life happens. In this essay-writing workshop, each participant will draw a map of a familiar place in order to mine the visual representation for memories. These mapped memories will serve as seeds for personal essays. You will leave this workshop with an essay draft and ideas for future essays.
The workshop leaders above will read from their prize-winning chapbooks and novella. Adam Fleming Petty’s novella, followers, won Etching Press’ inaugural novella contest. Some Animals by Kelli Allen won our chapbook contest in poetry, and pathetic by Shannon McLeod won with her chapbook of essays. All three will read a brief excerpt from their chapbooks.