The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library introduced a new writing group, Write Now! Southern Indiana Writers’ Group, in the spring of 2017, with the intent of creating a positive and productive environment for individuals seeking to improve their writing. The group has been meeting regularly since then and includes members interested in a variety of genres. Write Now! and the Library are pleased to welcome author James Markert as a guest speaker for our regularly-scheduled writers’ group meeting on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM in Strassweg Auditorium, located in the lower level of the Library. James will speak with audience members from 6:30-7:00 PM about how he got started writing, and his growth into an established writer with published works that have had commercial success (A White Wind Blew, The Angels’ Share).

This event is open to the general public, and Library staff will be happy to share information about Write Now! Southern Indiana Writers’ Group for those interested in finding out more about the group. *Please note that the Morning Writers’ Group will not meet on Thursday, June 15; both the Morning and Evening Groups will meet together at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium.

Author James Markert lives with his wife and two children in Louisville, Kentucky. He has a history degree from the University of Louisville and won an IPPY Award for The Requiem Rose, which was later published as A White Wind Blew, a story of redemption in a 1929 tuberculosis sanatorium, where a faith-tested doctor uses music therapy to heal the patients. The Angels’ Share is his second novel, and he is currently working on his next historical, All Things Bright and Strange. James is also a USPTA tennis pro, and has coached dozens of kids who’ve gone on to play college tennis in top conferences like the BIG 10, the Big East, and the ACC. Learn more on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: @JamesMarkert. For news and updates, please visit

Write Now! Southern Indiana Writers’ Group is open to interested adults in the surrounding Southern Indiana and metro Louisville area. The purpose of Write Now! is to provide a welcoming and instructive atmosphere for developing novice writers through writing, reading, and critiquing each other’s work. All levels of experience and all genres of writing are welcome. The New Albany-Floyd County Public Library offers an online community forum from which group members can build a professional writing resume.

Please visit for updates and information on Write Now! Southern Indiana Writers’ Group and contact staff member Greg Rothenberger at or 812-949-3523 to become a member.