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Why I Write Wednesday: IUWC Participant Jay Deitcher

Jay Deitcher’s writing career has been a natural development. As a recovering addict turned social worker, Jay says he writes “to give a voice to flawed characters, like myself.” Growing up, Jay was always writing. He says his career as a social worker was a natural progression from recovery toward helping others. In his early... Read more »

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Why I Write Wednesday: IUWC Participant Lisa Kwong

A narrative poet from Appalachia, Lisa Kwong identifies as AppalAsian, an Asian American from Appalachia. Her writing career has consisted of publication, teaching, event coordinating, public speaking, and public engagement. Writing has always been a big part of her life. Growing up, she loved telling stories, writing poems, and sending letters; however, Lisa initially pursued... Read more »

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Why I Write Wednesday: IUWC Participant Britton Shurley

Growing up, IUWC 2018 participant Britton Shurley loved to read. He developed a love for writing after a creative writing course at Davidson University as an undergraduate. He once believed that fiction was the genre to pursue, but poetry stole his heart. At the end of his undergrad years, Britton knew he wanted to write... Read more »

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Why I Write Wednesday: IUWC Participant Julie McGue

Three years ago, IUWC participant Julie McGue decided to professionally pursue her passion for writing. She built her author’s platform by writing articles and developing a blog while simultaneously working on her debut memoir—Twice a Daughter: A Search for Family, Identity, and Belonging—a story about the search for birth relatives. She writes about finding out... Read more »

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A Day in the Life at Indiana University Writers’ Conference 2021

The Indiana University Writers’ Conference will begin in just three short days. For many participants – as well as faculty and interns – nerves and excitement mix as we prepare for this year’s four-day virtual conference. What will it be like? How will it go? Who will I meet? How should I prepare? In the... Read more »

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Top 4 Reasons to Attend IUWC

Once you have decided to attend a writers’ conference, the next logical question is: Which one? There are hundreds of conferences across the world and a cursory search online, such as browsing the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Directory of Conferences or the Poets & Writers Conference and Residencies Database, will yield a number... Read more »

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Why I Write Wednesday: IUWC Participant Jonathan Malesic

Every writer’s background influences his work. Attending IUWC gave Jonathan Malesic an opportunity to share his experiences with others while learning from a writer he respected. Jonathan Malesic is an essayist, journalist, and scholar who has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Point. In his writing, he shares... Read more »

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Why I Write Wednesday: IUWC Participant Yohanca Delgado

Answering life’s questions through storytelling remains a challenging endeavor. Former IUWC participant Yohanca Delgado does so by crafting complex narratives to process the way the world works. Yohanca Delgado is a writer and fiction fanatic who holds an MFA in Creative Writing from American University. Delgado’s writing has appeared in numerous publications including Story, The Believer, and The... Read more »

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Meet the IUWC Workshop Faculty

Interested in receiving personalized feedback from top writers? The Indiana University Writers’ Conference will host workshops in poetry, fiction, and memoir to help conference participants take their writing to the next level. Poetry Workshop with Maggie Smith Maggie Smith’s most recent book of poetry, Good Bones (Tupelo Press, 2017), was named one of the Best... Read more »

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How to Get the Most Out of a Writers’ Conference

Writers’ conferences offer a unique opportunity for exposure and growth. We want everyone to walk away from IUWC confident that they have achieved their goals and excited about their writing. That said, many participants might not take advantage of everything. We’ve comprised a list of five tips to make the most out of any writers’... Read more »