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Workshops, words, and art at the Indy Author Fair

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Good things about the Indy Author Fair: It takes place on Saturday, October 9; it’s at Central Library (40 East St. Clair Street); it lasts all day (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.); and it’s free. You really could make it through the whole event with only that information but I’ll shed a little more light on the happenings.

The Writers’ Center of Indiana is presenting a number of the workshops, including Know Your Publishing Options and The Unique World of Publishing Poetry. Panelists include well-known writing professionals, including Barb Shoup, Skip Berry, Karen Kovacik, and Jim Poyser (whom I’ve heard LOVES to be heckled). Just as there are workshops for adults, there are options for young authors as well, like Author and Illustrator, in which tweens and teens are invited to give digital illustration a try. Also for youth — and all of us, really — is the Moving Earth II Exhibit, which pairs young writers with professional ceramicists. I love a good collaborative project; I’ll have to make sure to see the work during the day.

Participants also have a chance to meet the winners and finalists of the 2010 Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, including Scott Russell Sanders. The actual author fair, complete with book sales and signings, will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Authors on hand will include Lorene Burkhart, Fred Cavinder, Lou Harry, Rita Kohn, Micah Ling, Rusty Moe, and Mary Sexson. See the complete list of participating authors and organizations at www.indianaauthorsaward.org.

At the end of the day, bestselling author and Hoosier James Alexander Thom will speak about his latest book, The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction. Visit http://www.indianaauthorsaward.org/2010/08/2010-indy-author-fair-line-up-announced/ for more details about the information-packed day.

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