CityWrite Site List Coming Soon

The (mostly) complete 2013 CityWrite site list will be posted on Monday, September 30.  This year’s list is a a big one, with plenty of public sites to choose from.


Dates for Indianapolis Volunteer Training Sessions

Those who would like to volunteer to host a CityWrite writing session should plan on attending one of the training dates below.  All training sessions take place at Marian University (3200 Cold Spring Rd., Indianapolis, 46222) and will last approximately 90-120 minutes.

CityWrite Volunteer Training Sessions:

Thursday, September 26, 6pm at Marian University (MH 221)

Monday, September 30, 6pm at Marian University (MH221)

Wednesday, October 2, 6pm at Marian University (MH222)

Become a CityWrite Volunteer!

Want to volunteer for the 2013 CityWrite?  CityWrite will run an entire week this year, from October 14-20, and expand to 50 sites throughout Indianapolis.  To accomplish this, we’ll need lots of people to help out in facilitating CityWrite sessions.  What does facilitating a CityWrite site entail? You’ll help guide people through writing down their stories, memories, and opinions by leading attendees through a few suggested writing prompts and exercises.  It’s okay if you’ve no prior experience teaching or tutoring– CityWrite sessions aren’t supposed to be like an English class.  They are supposed to be about starting conversations, sharing stories, and reinforcing the belief that everyone has a story to tell and telling it will benefit everyone.  To do this, we need people from all walks of life to not only participate in writing their stories down, but to also encourage others in showing them how to approach memoir writing.

And don’t worry– we’ll train you!  Also, most sessions will be staffed by two facilitators, so you’ll never be alone.  CityWrite sessions typically last 1-2hrs and require attending a 90 minute training session.

In addition to the public literacy training you’ll receive, you’ll also walk away from your experience with a lot of stories to tell.  Volunteers will also receive a copy of the upcoming CityWrite printed anthology and an invitation to a volunteer after-party.

Interested in volunteering?

Please let us know by filling out the Volunteer Form. 

CityWrite 2013 Call For Participants!

Big news everyone!  We’re planning the next CityWrite and we need your help.  CityWrite will take place in Indianapolis from October 14-20 in conjunction with The National Day on Writing.  The first CityWrite was a tremendous success and hundreds of people joined together at a CityWrite site to write down their stories and memories.  We invite everyone to participate in the upcoming CityWrite and read through the Call for Participants below.  However, here are a few key highlights:

  • While most CityWrite sites will operate simultaneously during the weekend of the National Day on Writing, we’re also opening up participation throughout the week leading up to the National Day on Writing. This will allow more flexibility for organizations and groups to host a writing site and encourage greater participation from schools and community groups.
  • Our goal for 2013 is to host 50 CityWrite sites and reach 500 participants.
  • Of course, the biggest writing project in Indianapolis is going to need a lot of people to help make it happen. We’ll need 100 volunteers. That’s a big number!  Interested in volunteering for CityWrite? 
  • We’ll be hosting an organizational meeting on Tuesday, July 16th from 6-8pm at Marian University in Marian Hall 206. Anyone interested in assisting in the organization and planning of CityWrite is invited to attend. RSVP by sending your name to Mark Latta (mlatta AT
  • In early 2014, we’ll be publishing a CityWrite anthology featuring writing from the 2012 and 2013 CityWrite.

Stay tuned for more information!

CityWrite 2013 Call for participants

2012 CityWrite is in the Bag!

Thanks to everyone who came out to participate in CityWrite.  We’re tallying the current number of people who participated across Indianapolis to celebrate the Indianapolis Day on Writing, but our volunteers and site facilitators collected hundreds of written memoirs and personal narratives.

We’re currently working on archiving each writing.  Stay tuned.

Complete List of CityWrite Sites

Pick one and join us!

Central Library (Learning Curve)

40 E. St. Clair Street


East 38th Street Branch
5420 E. 38th Street

Haughville Branch
2121 W. Michigan Street

Nora Branch
8625 Guilford Avenue

Fountain Square Branch
1066 Virginia Avenue

Lawrence Branch
7898 N. Hague Road

IndyReads Books

911 Massachusetts Ave.


Big Car Service Center

3819 Lafayette Road


Writers’ Center of Indiana

812 East 67th Street


Marian University (at St. Vincent Field)

3200 Cold Spring Road

Englewood Christian Church

57 N. Rural St.


Wheeler Mission Ministries Men’s Shelter

205 E. New York St

Note: Closed to the General Public


Concord Neighborhood Center

1310 S. Meridian Street

Note: Closed to the General Public


Woodruff Place Baptist Church

1739 E. Michigan Street


Indianapolis Special Needs Mom’s Writing Group

Note: Closed to the General Public


Flat 12 Bierwerks

414 N. Dorman

Note: 21+, Memoirs will center on food and will be led by Terry Kirts


Outside the Box

3940 East 56th Street

Note: Closed to the General Public


VSA Indiana

1505 N. Delaware St.


The Publishing Lab @ Butler University

Jordan Hall, RM 305


University of Indianapolis

Good Hall, RM 105


The Metro Nightclub

707 Massachusetts Avenue

Note: 21+


Manual HS

Note: Closed to the General Public



9402 Uptown Dr., Suite 1600


The John H. Boner Community Center

2236 East 10th


The Indianapolis Star

 307 N. Pennsylvania St.

Note: No Children Please