Summer Literary Conference at the Palladium, July 20
By John Hughey
The Center for the Performing Arts
Center offers summer literary conference
‘Across the Arts’ event is July 20 at the Palladium
WriteStuff Writers Conferences and the Center for the Performing Arts are presenting a July 20 literary event. “Across the Arts: A Gleeful Literary Celebration” showcases Indiana’s finest filmmakers, best-selling New York Times authors, award-winning journalists, columnists, magazine writers, editors, publishers and musicians. The guests will be featured in a Writer’s Studio on the Palladium concert hall stage. The day-long event runs from Noon to 6 p.m., with an after-party and movie screening following the conference.
“We are looking forward to creating something exciting and new for the literary arts,” said J. Andy Murphy, founder of WriteStuff Writers Conferences. “Our goal is to bring together the literary and performing arts all under one roof.”
The Center’s President/CEO Tania Castroverde Moskalenko added: “We continuously look for new partnerships to expand the Center’s artistic endeavors. Bringing authors and writers to the Palladium stage is an opportunity to explore and discuss the arts in a different way.”
General admission is $60 and includes access to the after-party and movie presentation by Heartland Film Festival. General admission for seniors is $40 and students are $18 (with school ID). Tickets are on sale Monday, April 29 at the Palladium box office, by phone at 317-843-3800 or online at www.TheCenterPresents.org.
The literary panels are formatted as a Writer’s Studio, allowing ample time to get up-close-and-personal as guests share private reflections during audience Q&A. Individual panel themes include authors, journalists, filmmakers, publishing executives and social media contributors. A signing table is scheduled throughout the day. Meet award-winning filmmakers including Angelo Pizzo, Academy-Award winner for “Hoosiers,” and Michael Husain, 13 time documentary award-winning film director, writer and producer. Dog Ear Publishing will host a 30-minute educational presentation in the Robert Adam Room immediately after the close of stage presentations.
A few of the authors include:
Michael Shelden – Author of four literary biographies, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist, Orwell: The Authorized Biography, which was also a New York Times Notable Book. For 15 years, he was a features writer for the London Daily Telegraph, and for 10 years he served as a fiction critic for the Baltimore Sun. His latest biography is a groundbreaking account of the early life of Winston Churchill, Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill (Simon & Schuster). Shelden lives in Terre Haute, Ind.
Edward Kelsey-Moore – His short fiction has been published in literary magazines Indiana Review, African American Review and Inkwell. His new novel, The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat! (Knopf) and is a Barnes & Noble Best Book Picks. His short story “Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix” was selected as an audience favorite on National Public Radio’s “Stories on Stage” series. He is also a noted cellist who has performed with the Chicago Philharmonic and the Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, and is principal cellist of the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble.
Rebecca Dotlich – Poet and children’s picture book author is published by Simon and Schuster/Knopf/Harper Collins and Henry Holt. Her works include Bella & Bean (Atheneum) and What is Science? (Henry Holt), a finalist for an AAAS BSF Award for juvenile nonfiction.
Matthew Tully – Author of Searching for Hope (Indiana University Press) and popular columnist at The Indianapolis Star.
A portion of ticket sales go to field trip programs for students in grades K-4 with the opportunity to explore all three of the Center for the Performing Arts venues. The students not only perform on the Palladium stage, but they discover the magic of lighting and sound and the imaginative uses of props. Educators and parents experience the field trip alongside the students.
The WriteStuff Writers Conferences and Events was created by J. Andy Murphy in 1998 and has hosted national presentations across the country joining local, regional and national best-selling authors, Academy Award-winning screenwriters, Emmy Award-winning directors/producers and Pulitzer Prize-winning poets in the on-stage “Writer’s Studio.” Murphy, with her WriteStuff Writers partner Marcia Ellett, also provides creative writing and publishing courses.