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Pursuing the Writing Life


Are you a writer? Come meet other local writers and check out this lovely bookstore venue! Take advantage of our writer's panel including both traditionally-published and independently-published authors with a wealth of writing knowledge and advice! If you have questions about writing and/or publishing, this is the event for you!

Learn more about our panelists!

Author Matthew Barron spends his days mixing and analyzing human blood as a medical technologist in Indianapolis. His diverse stories have appeared in Outposts of Beyond, Sci-Phi Journal, Ill-Considered Expeditions, House of Horror, Roboterotica, Gifts of the Magi and Welcome to Indiana. 
He also wrote and produced a short play in the 2015 Indianapolis Fringe Festival. Matthew has written and published three graphic novels. His sword sorcery book, Valora; dystopian novella, Secular City Limits; and kids book, The Lonely Princess, are also available. For more information, visit

YA fantasy novelist and professional dragon wrangler, Savannah J. Goins, fell in love with the genre through C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia many years ago. Since then, it’s been nothing but dragons, sword fights and talking animals. She spends her days in a veterinary hospital working with real animals, and her nights giving voices to the ones in her stories. Her debut young adult fantasy novel, The Gwythienian, was released in November of 2017. Savannah enjoys sketching, drinking tea and coffee, and discovering new bookshops.

Annie Sullivan is a Young Adult author from Indianapolis, Indiana. Her work has been featured in Curly Red Stories and Punchnels, and her novel, Goldilocks, won the Luminis Books Award at the 2013 Midwest Writers Workshop. She loves fairytales, everything Jane Austen, and traveling and exploring new cultures. When she’s not off on her own adventures, she’s teaching classes at the Indiana Writers Center and working as the Copy Specialist at John Wiley and Sons, Inc. publishing company, having also worked there in Editorial and Publicity roles. You can follow her adventures on Twitter (@annsulliva).

Hailing from Indianapolis,IN, Chantel Massey is a poet, actress, educator and the author of Bursting At The Seams: A Collection of Poetry (VK Press) with a B.A. in English from the College of Wooster. Massey has performed across various local platforms. Chantel Massey has opened for Co-founding member of Black Lives Matter Movement, Elle Hearns, two time National Poetry Slam Champion, Anis Mojgani, and has spoken, performed, hosted, and lead workshops for organizations, schools, and programs in Indiana. Currently, she teaches at a middle school, where she encourages students to independently critique ideas, self-advocate, work hard, and to be resilient. Chantel Massey is authentic and original in her writing and performances. Chantel Massey facilitates spaces for her audience and reader to experience the words for themselves. As a passionate writer and poet who loves to play with imagery exploring human rights, social justice, womanhood, sexuality, religion, spirituality, and more. Chantel Massey wishes to inspire others through art to think better and higher about themselves and each other through self-expression.

Angela Jackson-Brown is an award winning writer, poet and playwright who teaches in the Creative Writing, Writing and Honors Programs at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She is a graduate of the Spalding low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She is the author of the novel Drinking From A Bitter Cup and has published in numerous literary journals. Recently Angela’s play, Anna’s Wings, was selected to be a part of the IndyFringe DivaFest her play Flossie Bailey Takes a Stand was part of the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration at the Indiana Repertory Theatre. She also wrote and produced the play It Is Well and she was the co-playwright with Ashya Thomas, a BSU grad, on a play called Black Lives Matter (Too). In the spring of 2018, Angela co-wrote a musical with her colleague, Peter Davis, called Dear Bobby: The Musical, that was part of the 2018 OnxyFest in Indianapolis, IN. Next spring, she will be directing and producing a play she wrote called Still Singing Those Weary Blues and her book of poetry called House Repairs will be published by Negative Capability Press this fall.

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