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Indiana University Writers’ Conference

Posted by isulib on May 16, 2012


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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.–The Indiana University Writers’ Conference, running this year from June 3-8th, is a weeklong festival of readings, classes, and workshops.  This year’s conference features Lynda Barry, who returns to teach her “Writing the Unthinkable” workshop.  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. Jean Thompson, a National Book Award finalist, will lead a fiction workshop.  And Erin Belieu, whose poems have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire and Ploughshares, will lead a poetry workshop.  The conference also includes classes in fiction (Dan Chaon), poetry (Jenny Browne), journal making (Jim Canary), and mystery writing (Lou Berney).  Space is still available in all workshops and classes.  For more information, including how to register, please visit:

As a special feature this year, the conference is pleased to host “An Evening with Susan Gubar and Dr. Daniela Matei” as part of its nightly reading series.   Susan Gubar is an Indiana University Ruth Halls and Distinguished Professor Emerita and a member of the American Philosophical Society.  She will read from her acclaimed new book, Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer.  Dr. Daniela Matei is Gubar’s oncologist, friend, and a poet in her own right: Gubar had her doctor’s poems translated from Romanian.  Dr. Matei will begin the evening by reading selected poems.  There will be a Q&A session with the audience following the reading.  This event will take place Monday, June 4th, at 8:00 p.m. in the Bloomington Playwright’s Project (BPP).  It is free and open to the public.

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