Adam Wren - Writer. Journalist. Idea Architect.

Things I Do

  • Writing

  • Reporting & Researching

  • Content Strategy

Long Story Short-ish

I’m a writer, journalist and idea architect. My work has appeared in Inc. 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.

My Latest Dispatches

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.



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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.

On the Make: How Great Creatives Get Their Start—Beginning From Middle

By: Adam Wren

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

Hot off the (Word)Press

Here’s where I show my work, as Austin Kleon puts it, sharing insights on creativity, storytelling, reporting and writing.

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