Indy Writers Group

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Location: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Founded in 2004 by Kate Chaplin, the Indy Writers’ Group is a supportive community of published and pre-published writers of all genres. IWG offers workshops, signings, and bi-monthly meetings for critique and support. IWG is a diverse group with strengths in various areas, such as self-publishing, e-publishing, small presses, freelance writing, technical writing, editing, etc. Within the network of in person events and online you’ll find a community of writers with various backgrounds and experiences that understand the pitfalls and success that plague writers today. Our group can be found Here on Yahoo Groups

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Indiana Filmmakers Network Screenwriting Series

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Indiana Filmmakers Network will host The Screenwriters’ Coffee House. On August 12, Kate Chaplin will conclude a three-part screenwriting series as she plays host to Indiana’s best and most gifted screenwriters gathering together to talk about the craft of screenwriting.

Some of the confirmed screenwriters to appear are; Sarah Mynett, award winning writer/director of In the Blue and Riley’s Story, Mark Racop & Chuck Budreau of Starship 2: Rendezvous with Ramses, Stephen Conway, Indiana Film Society President, Kenny White writer/director of Maybe Tomorrow, Andrew Kramer a talented upcoming playwright, and Mikel Wisler writer/director of Cellar Door, Always Reaching and Cold October.

Hosted by Kate Chaplin
President of the Indy Writers’ Group and named a "Naptown notable resident" by, Kate Chaplin is an author and film maker whose projects have appeared on MTV, local television, film festivals, in print and online. She is the author of The Belief Test and the writer/director of such films as LOSS and First They Came for...

The Screenwriters’ Coffee House hosted by the IFN is free and open to the public. Starting at 7:00pm, Tuesday, August 12 at the Abbey Coffee House 825 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Contact Kate Chaplin with any questions. karmiccourage(AT) or 317-833-8861.

About The Indiana Filmmakers Network
IFN is an open community of Indiana filmmakers dedicated to networking and support for area film projects. Memberships are $20/year, which is put directly into building the local film community. Anyone with interest in independent film is welcome to join, regardless of experience level. Our monthly meetings are a perfect opportunity to meet others and begin building your portfolio.
For information about IFN, it’s meeting times, and locations, check out

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Photos from IWG's Discussion on Publication Event

This summer IWG hosted a Round Table Discussion. This meeting's topic was the current climate of publishing.

These wonderful pictures were taken by Polina Osherov.

Pictured: (left to right) Robby Slaughter, Jamie Carie, Kimberly Shearer, Kit Ehrman, Kate Chaplin, Debra A. Kemp, Ellen Tevault, Shawnda, Laurielle Danbrielle, Ben, Cheryl Shore

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

IWG Summer Publishing Discussion

June 22nd, the Lawrence Library played host to the IWG Round Table Discussion on Publication. The first in a series of seasonal events put on the Indy Writers’ Group, members sought answers to the current shift in the publishing world. Members notated at the greater ease of self-publishing outlets vs. the greater difficulty for mainstream publishing.

Attending Author Kit Ehrman (Triple Cross, At Risk) lead off the discussion with the top 5 things a writer needs to get published:
1) write a great book
2) write a great book
3) write a great book
4) write a great book
5) write a great book

A lively and energetic conversation flowed freely from topics such as; query letters, pennames, writers rights, contracts, e-publishing, deadlines, POD, book reviews, and getting books into stores.

Various authors from the publishing world took part in the discussion. On the self publishing side there was Laurelei Dabrielle author of In Her Service: Reflections from a Priestess of Aphrodite whose book is doing so well that she is working on an expanded book and seeking mainstream publication for the material.

On the screenwriting side there was self pronounced “rebel” Kate Chaplin. She is the writer/director of the short film First They Came for and also the author of a self-published non-fiction book entitled The Belief Test. “Being an independent filmmaker,” Chaplin said, “just made sense to put my first book out independently as well.”

Jamie Carie, (Snow Angel, Duchess and the Dragon) the 6 book deal author of the group, talked about the royalty confusion with a larger publisher and also the new stress of writing under a fast approaching deadline.

Ellen Tevault, a successful freelance and authors, gave us the editor’s point of view. As an editor for and Loose-id, she was able to answer many of the questions when it came to submitting material and how it gets from the query stage to the printed (or electronic) page.

Debra Kemp, provided great information about print on demand (POD) publishers such as the one that publisher her The House of Pendragon series. Debra has made a real mark for herself and her book on the e-publishing side of things. Her first book The House of Pendragon: Book 1 The Firebrand won an Eppie for fiction available in an electronic form.

This was the first in a series of Round Table discussion for the Indy Writers’ Group. The group is planning to have discussions seasonally with topics voted on by the membership.

To become a member of IWG or for more information check out:

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