I’m a writer, journalist and idea architect. My work has appeared in Inc. Magazine, Entrepreneur.com and POLITICO Magazine. A contributing editor at Indianapolis Monthly, I’ve written about media, politics and other civic issues.
As a researcher and development editor, I’ve contributed to several books, including Atari founder Nolan Bushnell’s Finding the Next Steve Jobs. I also teach journalism at Indiana Wesleyan University, my alma mater, and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School, I won the Harrington Award in magazine journalism and worked a post-graduate digital reporting fellow for the Carnegie Corporation and Knight Foundation in 2010.
Here, you can read my latest dispatches on creativity, education, media and politics from leading publications such as Inc., Entrepreneur and Indianapolis Monthly, among others. Check out more of my work at Contently.
Zealous volunteers, cancer awareness, the troops and a sprint car help the candidate hit Iowa’s fast lane.
What I learned from 24 hours of mainlining the breakout 2016 candidate.
The Indiana governor, a potential GOP presidential candidate, is caught in a surprise culture war.
As the Indy Eleven prepare to take the field for a season opener on April 12, a tragedy on the sidelines remains unsolved.
He lived through the world’s longest civil war, a landmine explosion, and a deep-jungle journey across enemy territory to receive medical attention.
Google grabbed headlines recently for its decision to make its wearable computer, Google Glass, in California. The tech giant is not alone.
An anonymous note. Digital sleuthing. Leaks and late nights. For the first time, read the story behind Indiana's biggest political scandal of 2013.
In the beginning, all Mel and Patricia Ziegler wanted was to escape the rat race. That desire transformed $1,500 into a billion-dollar brand.
Deep in Southern Indiana, businessman Robert Vicino offers the cure for paranoid doomsday-preppers: a retrofitted Cold War–era bunker.
Before he became a genre-busting, nationally syndicated public radio rockstar, Jad Abumrad was in the middle of what he calls his tragic gap.
With all the noise surrounding the new Superintendent of Public Instruction, will her agenda of slowing down reforms advance?
In 1959, Joe Holovnia had a problem. The veteran jazz bassist’s bass was no longer getting the job done.
Going all-in is sometimes the only way to go. But heed these tips before you lose it all.
I’m excited to announce the launch of my first eBook! After months of interviews, writing, editing and formatting, I’m pleased to share with you On the Make: How Great Creatives Get Their Start—Beginning From Middle. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter below, and I’ll shoot you a copy.
How do great creatives make it? Get noticed for their craft? Land big breaks? They begin in the middle, in a kind of creative exile.
Featuring interviews with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell, Cinematographer Ryan Booth, Creative Director Blaine Hogan, RadioLab and MacArthur Genius Fellow Jad Abrumad, Pandora founder Tim Westergren and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Josh Riebock, On the Make offers thoughts on how to navigate these in-between, liminal phases of breaking into your craft.
As creatives, we’re all on the make. Aspiring to greatness. Pining for more exposure and bigger audiences. Amid this hustling and striving, creative exiles can shape us. They can break us. But negotiated well, they can make us.
- Adam Wren
Here’s where I show my work, as Austin Kleon puts it, sharing insights on creativity, storytelling, reporting and writing.
March 25, 2015
Editor’s Note: Talking shop with writers is one of my favorite things. On Wednesdays, in this space, I’ll post a short conversation with a writer whose work I admire. Leading off the bench is Jeff Goins, a Nashville-based writer. Jeff Goins personifies what it means to live the “Portfolio Life,” his oft-used phrase. He’s a blogger, […]
September 4, 2014
Here’s my confession: My name is Adam, and I’m a perfectionist.
August 27, 2014
When it comes to organization, we writers and reporters are a sorry lot. Organized writers are all alike; every disorganized writer is disorganized in his own way Click To Tweet (to borrow what Leo Tolstoy once wrote about unhappy families).
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