April 23, 2016

Steel Pen Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended Steel Pen 2016! We were delighted to have you join us for a great day of discussion and learning.

Save the date for the 2017 Steel Pen Conference!

October 28, 2017

Fair Oaks Farm Conference Center

856 N 600 E

Fair Oaks, IN 47943

Whether you are a poet, a writer of fiction or nonfiction, or need just guidance on the business end of writing, there’s something here for everyone, at all stages in the writing journey!

We are pleased to announce that Catherine Lanigan will present the keynote speech during lunch. She is the bestselling author of nearly forty published fiction and non-fiction titles, including the novelizatons of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. You can learn more about Catherine at www.catherinelanigan.com.


Call for Proposals

Indiana Writers’ Consortium is now looking for presenters for the 2017 Steel Pen Creative Writers’ Conference!

This full-day conference provides educational opportunities for creative writers at all stages in their careers. Attendees will choose from a variety of workshops, panels, and lectures covering fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and the business of writing. If you are interested in presenting, we would love to read your proposal.

When preparing a proposal, please keep the following in mind:

  • Breakout sessions will be allotted  between 50 minutes and 1 hr. 15 minutes.
  • This conference is aimed at creative writers, and all proposals should provide value for them. For example, a proposal by a visual artist could cover the relationship between author and illustrator, and a proposal by a storyteller could address ways to enhance the selling opportunities provided by school visits, library presentations, and book signings.
  • All presentations, including lectures, should provide opportunity for interaction.

Please note that presenters are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel and accommodations and must pay a discounted registration fee of $35.

Due Date: April 15

Proposal Form (Download)

Questions? E-mail steelpenconference@gmail.com