Creative writing teacher to headline Steel Pen Writers’ Conference

The Steel Pen Writer's Conference will take place Nov. 12 at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza in Merrillville.

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If you’re a writer in Northwest Indiana, you might be able to learn about your craft or sell a few books at the Steel Pen Writer’s Conference in November.

The Steel Pen Writers’ Conference returns Nov. 12 to the Radisson Star Plaza Hotel in Merrillville. Anyone interested has until Nov. 1 to register with The Indiana Writers’ Consortium, which stages the annual one-day conference.

“Participants will gain knowledge of the craft and business of writing,” conference chair Michelle McGill said. “They will also have opportunities to connect with other writers in the Northwest Indiana area.”

Cathy Day, a creative writing teacher who wrote “The Circus in Winter” and “Comeback Season,” will give a keynote address about literary citizenship during a formal dinner. The longtime teacher has won several awards, such as the Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre from Harvard University’s Houghton Library.

“I like conferences because it gives me a chance to work with writers who are no longer ‘in school,’” Day said. “People who come to conferences want to be writers, yes, but I also think they long for a sense of community and belonging.”

The conference will feature a networking lunch, discussions, and workshops on fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business of writing. It’s intended for writers of all genres and stages.

Attendees can learn about getting published, get their manuscripts critiqued, or sell books in the conference bookstore by signing up for a vendor table.

The conference costs $60 for students, $80 for IWC members and $90 for nonmembers.

For information or to register, visit www.inwriters.org/steel-pen-conference/.

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