The deadline to register for A La Carte options for the 2011 Antioch Writers' Workshop has been extended to July 2.
Participants can choose from Morning Only Classes, the Afternoon Only Focus on Form seminar, or the Saturday Seminar. You can attend the Saturday Seminar as a stand-alone experience or in combination with EITHER Morning Only Classes OR Afternoon Only Focus on Form.
Morning Only classes give writers the inspiration they need to go home and write in the afternoon. The Morning Only option begins with a continental breakfast followed by a fiction seminar led by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Pickard. Next is the Professional Connections Series with talks by editor Kevin Morgan Watson and visiting agents Roseanne Wells and Rachel Coyne who will address the ins and outs of publishing. Agatha-nominated author Heather Webber will also discuss "How to query" and the pros and cons of self-publishing. Finally, Morning Only participants will attend a poetry seminar with Jim Daniels, author of thirteen collections of poetry, followed by a creative nonfiction seminar led by acclaimed authorMatthew Goodman.
Afternoon Only: Focus on Form
Not a morning person? Try the Afternoon Only option. This option is also great for those considering exploring other genres. The Afternoon Only Focus on Form seminar led by novelist, short story writer, essayist and grant writer Rebecca Morean is designed to help participants start new pieces in three genres. Guest lecturers in poetry, fiction and nonfiction will supplement the guidance and mentoring provided by Morean.
Rebecca Morean is an assistant professor of English at Sinclair Community College and the director for the college's annual creative writing contest. She is the author of In the Dead of Winter (St. Martin's Press) along with numerous stories and articles. Morean also serves as a board member for the Antioch Writers' Workshop. Most recently, Morean's personal essay, "The wedding bouquet I can't throw away," which she originally submitted through "Open Salon" at Salon.com was an editor's pick and cross-posted in the Life section of Salon.com.
The Saturday Seminar is a loaded one day event, perfect for those with busy summer schedules and a great way to meet other writers, jump-start new projects, or explore techniques to help complete a project already underway.
After check-in and a continental breakfast, participants are greeted by a Saturday Morning Keynote with Tim Waggoner, the author of over 20 novels and two short story collections. Next, participants choose three of four Break-Out Sessions:
- "To Plot or Not To Plot," led by Tim Waggoner, explores the techniques of developing plot.
- "Creating Great Characters," led by AWW Alumna and First Book Speaker Kristina Purnhagen McBride, examines how authors can develop characters that ensure your story is compelling.
- "Voice for Fiction Writers and Poets" will help writers of all genres find their unique voice to reach readers' hearts with the guidance of two-time Individual Excellence Award winner Chuck Freeland.
- "Getting Unstuck and Undone!" led by Rebecca Morean, is a motivational, inspirational session designed to help writers awaken creativity and "break free on the page."
After three of the four Break-Out Sessions, participants attend a question and answer session with the Saturday Seminar Faculty followed by a book signing by Saturday Seminar Faculty. Finally, participants are welcomed to a dessert and wine reception followed by the Antioch Writers' Workshop 26th Annual Event Keynote and book-signing with Nancy Pickard.