Write–On, Hoosiers, Inc. has been offering education, friendship, critique, assistance, and book promotion to fellow writers in northwest Indiana for 26 years.
The organization meets at the Lake County Library in Merrillville every 1st and 3rd Thursday from 6 p.m. – 8:15 p.m., except in December when an annual banquet is held. All area writers’ groups are invited to this annual festive event not only for a delicious meal and entertainment, but also to meet other northwest Indiana writers, and see or buy what they have published.
W.O.H. has embraced the social media scene with gusto. Not only do they have a traditional website, but a blog, two Facebook Pages, and a group page that is open by invitation to both members and non-members.
Being an affiliate of organizations such as The National Writers Association, The Association of Authors and Publishers for Special Sales, and Indiana Writers’ Consortium, Write-On, Hoosiers provides members with discounts on services and events through their affiliation with these organizations.
W.O.H. has occasional speakers at their events and banquets, and some outreach programs; but they have scaled back on these in order to allow their writers do what they do best – write, critique, get critiqued and hone their work.
W.O.H beginnings: It was because of the abundance of writing talent in the area and the magnitude of novice writers seeking help and encouragement, that Write-On, Hoosiers, Inc. was founded in 1989 by Sharon Palmeri, at the request of her creative writing students.
The group became a 501c3 tax exempt organization in 1992, and had sprouted two additional chapters besides the Main chapter in Hobart, Indiana. A Westlake chapter in Munster and a Journal chapter in Schererville were added.
The organization has not only been a writers’ critique group, but also has hosted abundant writers’ outreach projects and events. The group published two annual Hoosiers Horizon magazines, one for children and one for adults and young adults. It also held regional poetry contests for elementary children, state-wide contests in fiction, nonfiction and poetry for young adults and adults, and local photography contests for its magazine covers. Winners were published in the magazine -- and honored at Awards Nights and Banquets.
Radio shows were also written by members and aired on a local radio station. Members and contest winners were also interviewed several times on local radio and television programs.
In addition to W.O.H. contests and awards banquets, many workshops, such as Midwest Writers Mini Workshops, The Write Passage, and other niche workshops were sponsored or co-sponsored. The group also had its own Sunday column in the Post Tribune called “The Writers’ Palette.”
In addition, when Sharon Palmeri founded the Indiana Writers’ Consortium in its infancy in 2007, she encouraged several W.O.H. members, as well as her past students to become involved in this new writers’ outreach and education-based organization. The creation and purpose of I.W.C. is to inspire writers, and sponsor writers’ events, workshops and conferences in northwest Indiana, allowing writers’ groups such as Write- On, Hoosiers to ease up on organizing their own workshops and return to the art of honing their craft and concentrate on publication of their works.
For more information on Write-On, Hoosiers, Inc. visit their website: www.writeonhoosiers.org or their blog: www.writeonhoosiers.blogspot.com and check out their Facebook and Write-On, Hoosiers group pages.