Writing Emily Watson wants to bring a youth movement to the Writers’ Center of Indiana. Recently hired as the group’s Executive Director, Watson, 24, seems like the perfect person to do just that. Emily Watson is Executive Director of the Writers’ Center of Indiana. “We need to change the definition of the literary community here,” she said. “I’d like people to stop thinking of literary events as academic and pretentious things instead of fun, social and artsy activities. I want writing events to be cool. I want poetry readings to be fun, like going to Radio Radio.”

While it may not be as rock and roll as a night out in Fountain Square, the Writers’ Center’s New Years Resolution: Write event on Jan. 23 is designed to make a special appeal to younger writers. “People can come and meet a whole bunch of people who want to write too,” said Watson, who worked for a year as Program Director before moving into her current position. “It’s kind of like taking one of those salsa dancing classes at the Jazz Kitchen. Why not try it?”

The event features a variety of classes, workshops and discussions led by local writers Will Allison, Victoria Barrett, Jim Poyser, Jim Walker, Terry Kirts, Kate Shoup Welsh and Barb Shoup. All are designed to help build the literary community, bring writers together and motivate them to keep writing in 2005.

Participants will be able to learn tips for freelance writing and interviewing; the ins and outs of publishing a literary magazine; using journaling, writing games and daily poetic techniques to bring out good work on a regular basis.

“This costs the same as going to a movie on a Sunday afternoon and it’s an hour longer,” Watson said. “This gives people a chance to be creative and meet people who are interested in some of the same things they are. It’s a way to set aside an afternoon to be creative and meet people.”

Watson, a 1999 Broad Ripple High School graduate and life-long Indianapolis resident, feels great about her city and its blossoming art and literature scene. “I love it here. I never want to leave,” she said. “You can have your own vision here. Everything hasn’t been done.”

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