Barbara Shoup is no stranger to Northwest Indiana. Her roots are firmly planted here—family and memories of her teen years at Morton High School. This October, she returns to the Region to speak at the IWC Creative Writing Conference. Shoup is the author of seven novels, with the eighth, Looking for Jack Kerouac, to be released in August, 2014. Her fiction and nonfiction stories have been published in numerous magazines and journals, including The Writer and The New York Times travel section. She has co-authored two books on the craft of writing, Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process (2000) and Story Matters: Contemporary Short Story Writers Share the Creative Process (2006). Shoup is the recipient of numerous grants from the Indiana Arts Council, two creative renewal grants from the Arts Council of Indianapolis, the 2006 PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship and the 2012 Eugene and Marilyn Glick Regional Indiana Author Award.
In addition to Shoup’s many literary successes, she is also the executive director of the Indiana Writers Center in Indianapolis. The Center works to foster a vibrant writing community in Indiana, providing education and enrichment opportunities for both beginning and accomplished writers. Located in the Cultural Complex of the Indianapolis Art Center in Broad Ripple, they offer a variety of classes and workshops led by some of Indiana’s best writers. In addition, they host literary events such as readings, open mics, critique groups, and the annual Gathering of Writers to instruct, inspire, and connect writers throughout the state.
On October 12, the day after the conference, Barbara Shoup—along with other conference presenters—will be at Barnes and Noble in Valparaiso, Indiana for a book signing event. She will have copies of Looking for Jack Kerouac available for purchase.
Indiana Writers’ Consortium encourages all writers—new and accomplished—to register for the IWC Creative Writing Conference. You will not want to miss hearing Barbara Shoup’s insights and the vast experience she has to offer. See you there!