A Little About Us:

The Indiana University Writers’ Conference is open to writers of all levels. We invite a faculty of prominent writers who are equally skilled and involved teachers, people who have made writing their life’s work. Participants join faculty-led workshops in fiction and poetry, and take classes in fiction, poetry, and various prose narrative styles. For seventy-five years we have prided ourselves on a craft-based writers’ conference, a multidisciplinary approach, and a focus on writing.

Hear What Our Past Attendees Have To Say:

I look forward to IUWC every year. It is a chance to take a break from the monotony of everyday working life and join a cadre of authors all bent on the same goal: writing as well and as often as possible. – Cy Wyss

My experience of the conference gave me the confidence to continue writing poetry and submitting for publication. Since the attending the 2017 IUWC, I have had nine poems published in various online journals. – Keith Welch

A journalist by training, I tend to “write short,” but in fiction, there’s a lot of value in more detail. The IUWC really helped me to see that. – Amanda Chambliss

The IUWC was my first writing course since college, and I left feeling like I had been handed a toolbox, and the confidence to use it. – Ruth


The IUWC Team:

Bob Bledsoe, Director 

Bob is Director of the Indiana University Writers’ Conference. He has been awarded a fellowship at The MacDowell Colony, and his writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Potomac Review, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Exit 7, Ms. Magazine, and The Habit of Art: Best Stories from the Indiana University Fiction Workshop (IU Press, 2005).

Gionni Ponce, Associate Director

Gionni is a Latinx fiction writer (from Phoenix and Detroit) who also enjoys exploring other artforms including nonfiction and photography. As Associate Director of the conference and in her work, she aims to create literary space for traditionally marginalized stories. Follow her @GPisMe.

Iwona Derbiszewki, Returning Intern

Iwona is a senior studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing and Liberal Arts Management at Indiana University Bloomington. Her focus in writing at the moment is memoirs as she is in the process of writing one for her English Honors Thesis. A fun fact about her is that she is bilingual and speaks both Polish and English. Follow her on Twitter: @iderbs

Joe Dunne, Design and Website Management Intern

Joe is a senior at Indiana University studying English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minors in History and Philosophy. He writes primarily short fiction and has been working on a fantasy novel. While not writing or reading, he spends his time trying, and failing, to brew good beer.

Emma Getz, Social Media Management Intern

Emma is a sophomore studying English and History with a minor in French at Indiana University Bloomington. She writes for the Indiana Daily Student but especially loves to write book reviews in her spare time. A fun fact about her is that she plays the french horn.

Vinny Corsaro, Community Outreach Intern

Vinny is in his senior year at Indiana University. He’s an English Major with a Creative Writing concentration, and he just completed his Spanish minor. He is an avid rock climber and plays in a couple bands around Bloomington and Indianapolis. Science-Fiction is Vinny’s favorite genre of literature, and he plans on writing as much as he possibly can while his life progresses.