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TTK: Fight For Your Writes

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TTKs are Sky Blue Window's 'Things to Know,' events, ideas and cultural creations that we think are worthy of your time and attention.

Indianapolis has read books together with One Book One City. Recently, we've invited writers to record our city's idea of itself with We Are City: Import and The Bureau of Manufactured History. You can even find writers mythologizing central Indiana these days in Punchnel's. Two community-minded writer-educators, Mark Latta and Lyn Jones, have added a new element to all this Indianapolis story making, and they're inviting everyone - including you and me - to join in.

CityWrite, a city-wide chance for local people to create their own memoirs, kicks off next week. At more than three dozen spots around the city from October 14 to 20, writers will raise their pens and commit their stories to paper. Sessions are scheduled at a wide range of locations across the city, from Indy Reads' adult literacy program and homeless shelters to the Indianapolis Black Firefighters Association and a collection of schools. 350 people participated last year, recording memories, experiences and ideas. The project, which is now a program of the Indiana Writers Center, hopes to have 500 people writing this year, and to release a CityWrite anthology in early 2014.

Even if you can't make it to a session, you can still add your story to the CityWrite mix. An online submission form, complete with writing prompts, can be found on their website.

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