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"Nobody will stop you from creating. Do it tonight. Do it tomorrow. That is the way to make your soul grow - whether there is a market for it or not! The kick of creation is the act of creating, not anything that happens afterward. I would tell all of you watching this screen: Before you go to bed, write a four line poem. Make it as good as you can. Don't show it to anybody. Put it where nobody will find it. And you will discover that you have your reward." Kurt Vonnegut

Dear Members and Friends of the Writers' Center of Indiana:

A year ago, the Writers' Center faced serious financial difficulties, along with so many other nonprofit arts organizations, so it pleases me very much to report that, with the help our Board's hands-on approach and the generosity of donors and volunteers, the Writers' Center will enter 2010 not just surviving, but thriving.

During 2009, the Writers' Center offered a full schedule of classes, taught by published authors and experienced teachers, and evaluations were overwhelmingly positive. Our annual Gathering of Writers and Readers, held November 7 at the Art Center of Indianapolis was a resounding success. "Evening with the Muse," a free monthly event, has a dedicated audience that gathers to hear a featured poet and to read their own work.

In addition to these familiar programs, we introduced "Be a Better Writer," a series of craft lectures funded by the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation. We were honored to be invited by CICF to coordinate "Moving Forward," a poetry contest to select the poems that will be incorporated into three bus shelter installations on the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

Outreach programs took the Writers' Center into the community, with memoir projects at Flanner House and the Indiana State Correctional Facility for Girls that gave voice to people not usually heard. In addition, I spoke about writing and gave writing workshops to nearly a thousand students, teachers and library patrons throughout Indiana over the past year.

Coming up in 2010-all that, and more! We're exploring new events and outreach opportunities that will expand our audience and offer inspiring, educational programs for writers working at all levels-and for book lovers, too.

First on tap: This Thursday, December 17, visit to view our schedule of winter/spring classes.

Many thanks to those of you who renewed your memberships over the past year. We appreciate your support! And a hearty welcome to the many brand new members who have joined the Writers' Center. Many came to us by way of our Facebook page-and a fair number by word of mouth, as well. There's a bit of a buzz around town about what's happening at the Writers' Center these days, and that is a fabulous thing!

If you participate in Writers' Center programs, but are not a member, we'd love to add you to our ranks. If your membership has expired, we'd love to have you back in the fold. Benefits of membership include discounts on classes and events, as well as access to the Members-Only Page on our new website that will be launched in January.

And, of course, the great pleasure of being a part of a lively community of writers.

For membership information, visit

NOTE: We have established a $25 membership for teachers, seniors (60+) and full-time students, which will be required to receive extra class discount after January 1, 2010. To sign up, please send your form and payment by mail. Our website is not currently set up to process this category of membership.

Donations above the membership cost are tax-deductible-and would be greatly appreciated! You may send a check to the Writers' Center of Indiana, PO Box 30407, Indianapolis, IN 46230-0407 or visit to make an online donation.

The mission of the Writers' Center of Indiana is to nurture a writing community, to support established and emerging writers, to improve written and verbal communication, and to develop an audience for literature in Indiana. Whether you are a beginning writer, an established writer, or a serious reader curious about how writing works, we hope you will decide to be a part of our community in 2010.

Best wishes for a happy and creative new year.

Barbara Shoup

Executive Director


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