Outreach Programs

Summer Learning Programs

Funded by the Summer Youth Program Fund (SYPF), the IWC Summer Learning Programs help young writers tell their stories. Programs are held throughout the summer at various locations.

Read more about the IWC Summer Learning Programs

Indiana Writers Center’s “Building a Rainbow” students love writing with us every summer. Here’s the proof!

YouTube highlights from the 2018 Summer Learning Programs

Memoir Programs

The Memoir Project provides opportunities for people of all ages tell stories from their lives. Taught by skilled teachers, these classes help students recall significant moments, find meaning in those moments and, finally, put their thoughts on paper.

Read more about the IWC Memoir Programs

Spirit and Place Festival 2021

Leave then Something

This year, the Indiana Writers Center, Dance Kaleidoscope, Jewish Community Center, and Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library are partnering to present, Leave Them Something, a Spirit and Place program inspired by Edith Vonnegut’s artwork on environmental justice. For more information, visit: http://gatewoodes.kuanlin-engineering.net/leave-them-something/

Anthology: Leave Them Something

The (W)hole in Our HeARTs

Spirit and Place Festival 2021
A partnership between Ivy Tech Community College Fine Arts Program—Indianapolis, Ivy Tech Community College Early Childhood Education Program—Indianapolis, Circle City Industrial Complex, Arts Council of Indianapolis, and Indiana Writers Center.

Indiana Writers Center has partnered with several other local arts programs in an invitation to experience and create art that aims to mend the holes in our hearts and inspire a sense of wholeness.

Find out more about The (W)hole in Our HeArts exhibition.

Take a free writing class focused on wellness:

The (W)hole in Our HeArts: All Ages Writing for Wellness Workshop

The (W)hole in Our HeArts: Journal Therapeutic Writing Workshop

Spirit and Place Festival 2020

This year, the Indiana Writers Center, Dance Kaleidoscope, Jewish Community Center, and Indianapolis Public Library are partnering to present, “What Was and Will Be,” a Spirit and Place program recognizing that each of us felt the weight of this moment from a unique perspective and to build unity through our shared history.

Performances by Dance Kaleidoscope are inspired by written works from writers in the community. These performances are available to view online through November 22, 2020. Watch the virtual performance.


This free online anthology reflects the diversity of experiences in our community. Published November 8, 2020.

Spirit and Place 2019

The World We Live(d) In Anthology

This anthology of work by poets from Central Indiana was created as part of our Spirit and Place Project which paired carefully curated written work with interpretations by Dance Kaleidoscope. Through this anthology we hope to explore the evolution of our community’s ideas, values, and revolutionary thoughts.


Writing Home: Our Spirit and Place Project featuring Veterans’ Stories

Read more about the project.

The Things We Brought Home- Military Tattoo Stories from our Spirit and Place Project

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