Central Indiana Writers’ Association,  a not for profit organization founded in 1976, is a community of novelists, poets, and essayists writing in all genres. We come together once a month and provide our members with a host of different activities and support. Every one is welcome! We are here to help and promote the success of CIWA and its members. We are now meeting at: Greenwood Public Library 310 S. Meridian Greenwood, IN 46142

On August 19, 2019, come to the CIWA meeting and listen to Lou Ellen Watts talk about “Sleeping in Dixie’s Feather Bed.”

This girl growing up in the deep South during the 40s and 50s happily immersed herself in a rich culture which stretched back two hundred years. As her father’s work took him throughout the Southern states, Lou Ellen Watts reveled in beach trips to the ocean near Charleston, observed the mysterious Gullah Society, cheered the Azalea Parade in Alabama, and benefited from the rich educational opportunities of Louisiana State University.

But gradually she also became aware of shadows on that culture: an entire group of people were looked down upon and discriminated against by the white society in which she lived and thrived.

This memoir has the detailed observations of a sensitive young woman who “saw things” and wondered: a house where a cross was burned on the lawn, the local movie theater where trouble seethed in the “colored” balcony upstairs, a despicable bus driver who mocked and berated African American riders as Lou Ellen rode to junior high.

 Join us 6:00 PM for a meet and greet at GPL. Meeting will begin at 6:30 PM. 
See regular monthly page for details.

And don’t forget to check our contest page for the CIWA 2019 Words on Paper contest. Details on the contest page.