Tuesday, December 21, 2010

AWW Participant/Faculty News... and Three Great Writing Tips!

Two authors closely associated with the Antioch Writers' Workshop have been named 2010 recipients of the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District's Literary Fellowships in recognition of their work: AWW Director Sharon Short, and AWW Young Writers' Seminar Instructor Katrina Kittle. Both Sharon and Katrina are AWW alumni and, since first attending, have served AWW in numerous roles.

From AWW alumni (2009) and instructor (Saturday Seminar, 2010) Julie Moore: "Hi, Sharon. I thought you'd like to know that a poem of mine workshopped in the 2009 AWW was just nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The poem is "The Problem with School," which appeared in the summer issue of Verse Wisconsin. My workshop leader that year was Ed Davis, and I read that poem at AWW's closing program where I received many favorable responses. Three cheers (again) for AWW!"

And from Donald Ray Pollock (Afternoon Fiction instructor, 2010): Don's new novel, THE DEVIL ALL THE TIME, has been accepted for publication by Doubleday and will be available fall 2011. The novel is set in the 1950s and 1960s and centers on the convergent lives of a tough but morally-upright young man from Ohio, a pair of serial killers who prey on hitchhikers, and an itinerant, spider-handling preacher and his crippled guitar virtuoso accompanist.

We asked Don to share three pieces of writing advice. His suggestions:
1. Write at least 90 minutes (a bare minimum) every day.
2. Read 5-8 books per month. Try new stuff: if you're a Stephen King fanactic, read a couple Barbara Pym or Muriel Sparks novels. No matter what you write, read some poetry.
3. Turn off the electronic junk--cell phones, internet, etc.--for at least a couple hours every day (especially when you're writing!).

Do you have publishing news you'd like to share? Send it to info@antiochwriterworkshop.com for possible inclusion in a future e-newsletter!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Second Sunday Free Writers' Workshops!

Antioch Writers’ Workshop

c/o Antioch University Midwest, 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387

December 16, 2010

Contact: Sharon Short, Director
Telephone (937) 769-1803
E-mail: info@antiochwritersworkshop.com
Web: www.antiochwritersworkshop.com

The Second Sunday Free Writers’ Workshop
Hosted by Antioch Writers’ Workshop at Books & Co.

Antioch Writers’ Workshop is pleased to announce that it is teaming up with Books & Co at The Greene (Beavercreek, Ohio) to offer a free Second Sunday Free Writers’ Workshop each month tarting January 2011.

The January speaker will be Becky Morean—published author and Sinclair Community College instructor—who will address the topic, Freeing the Writer Within. If you write—or would like to start writing—this is the perfect session to kick start your 2011 writing goals! The January Second Sunday Free Writers’ Workshop will be held January 9, 2011, 2:00-3:30 p.m. You don’t need a reservation, but it would help with planning if you would call in your intention to attend to Books & Co at The Greene at 937-429-6302.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Registration Now Open for 2011 AWW

Are you ready to register for the 2011 Antioch Writers' Workshop?

Registration is now open! Our non-refundable registration fee for all programs is $125.00. Please register as soon as possible. Slots are limited, and all are filled first-come, first served.

You can register online via our website's registration page for either the Full Week program or for any of our A La Carte programs (Morning Only classes, Afternoon Only Focus on Form seminar, or one-day Saturday Seminar.) Choose to register online if you wish to pay the $125.00 registration fee with a credit card.

Or, you can register via regular mail if you prefer to pay by check; simply print out our registration form and mail in with your $125.00 registration fee.

Tuition fees vary based upon program selected and whether you've attended AWW before, are a local resident, or are a student or faculty member of an Ohio university/college. Please note: OUR REGISTRATION AND TUITION FEES HAVE NOT INCREASED SINCE 2005! Tuition invoices will be sent out starting mid-March 2011.

Please see our web site's Registration page for details.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Announcing 2011 Full Week Faculty!

We are pleased to announce our 2011 Full Week faculty. Please be sure to visit our website's faculty page for full bios. You'll also want to take a look at our program page for details about the full week program.

Please note that you may also opt to attend Morning Only classes during the Full Week, or attend the Focus on Form Seminar as an Afternoon Only seminar. Details about these options are on our A La Carte program page.

We're still recruiting faculty for our one-day Saturday Seminar option, so be sure to check our website, blog, Facebook page, and of course, this email newsletter for an announcement of Saturday Seminar faculty.

And now, without further ado... introducing our 2011 Full Week Faculty:

Nancy Pickard-Keynoter and Morning Fiction Instructor

Nancy Pickard (pronounced like the Star Trek captain) is the New York Times bestselling author of 18 novels and dozens of short stories. Her current stand-alone novel, The Scent of Rain and Lightning, was on the extended New York Times Best Seller list for five weeks and was the Barnes & Noble Main Recommended Book for the spring of 2010. Nancy is also the author of a book for writers, Seven Steps on the Writer's Path.

Suzie Townsend (Fine Print Literary Management)-Visiting Agent

Suzie is actively looking for fiction and non-fiction: specifically Middle Grade and YA novels (all subgenres, but particularly literary projects), adult romance (historical and paranormal), and fantasy (urban fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, epic fantasy). Recent sales include Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers (Tor, September 2010), All These Lives by Sarah Wylie (FSG, winter 2012), and Tempest by Julie Cross (St. Martin's Press, forthcoming). Suzie keeps a blog at http://confessionsofawanderingheart.blogspot.com and can be found on twitter @sztownsend81. (NOTE: Pitch Sessions with Suzie are only available to Full Week Participants.)

Kevin Morgan Watson (Press 53)-Visiting Editor

Kevin Morgan Watson is founder of Press 53 (www.press53.com) and serves as the Short Fiction Editor. As a publisher, he has worked with writers ranging from first-time published authors to winners of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize. As a writer, his short stories, poetry, and essays have appeared in numerous publications. (NOTE: Pitch Sessions with Kevin are only available to Full Week Participants.)

Morning Poetry-Jim Daniels

Jim Daniels has published thirteen collections of poetry, including, most recently, From Milltown to Malltown, a collaborative book with photographer Charlee Brodsky and writer Jane McCafferty, and Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry. His fourth book of short stories, Trigger Man will be published in Fall 2011. He is the Thomas Stockman Baker Professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University.

Morning Creative Nonfiction-Matthew Goodman

Matthew Goodman is the author, most recently, of the acclaimed narrative history The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York (Basic Books, 2008). The book was named a 2008 Best Book of the Year by The Economist magazine and was selected as an Original Voices book by Borders bookstores nationwide. The book on which he is currently at work, Ahead of Time: The Story of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World, will be published by Random House.


Afternoon Fiction Seminar-Martha Moody

Martha has had three novels published by Riverhead Books: Best Friends (a Target "Book-Marked" selection), The Office of Desire (one of Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2007) and her latest, Sometimes Mine, described in the online magazine Salon as a "literary weepie." Moody was a private practice internist for 15 years. Currently she is retired from private practice and volunteers as medical director at a clinic for the working poor.

Afternoon Fiction Seminar-Rakesh Satyal

Rakesh Satyal is author of Blue Boy and has been published in a variety of magazines and anthologies. He is currently an editor at HarperCollins, where he edits such authors as international superstar Paolo Coelho, horror maestro Clive Barker, beloved novelist Armistead Maupin, and humorist Paul Rudnick.

Afternoon Fiction Seminar-Lucrecia Guerrero

Lucrecia Guerrero's novel Tree of Sighs, Bilingual Press (Arizona State University) received a Christopher Isherwood Foundation Award and a Montgomery County Cultural District Arts Fellowship. Her short stories have been published in numerous literary journals such as The Antioch Review and The Louisville Review. Chasing Shadows, her linked collection of short stories, was published by Chronicle Books.

Afternoon Poetry Seminar-Jamey Dunham

Jamey is a prose poet and an Assistant Professor of English at Sinclair Community College, where he edits the journal Flights. His poems have appeared in Sentence, Paragraph, Key Stach(el), Fence, Boston Review, and ACM among other journals.

Afternoon Memoir and Personal Essay Seminar-Joyce Dyer

Joyce Dyer is John S. Kenyon Professor of English and director of the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature at Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio. Dyer is the author of four books including Goosetown: Reconstructing an Akron Neighborhood (2010). She has published essays in magazines such as North American Review, cream city review, and High Plains Literary Review. She is currently at work on a long project about John Brown.

Focus on Form Seminar (available to both Full Week and Afternoon Only A La Carte Participants)-Becky Morean

Becky is the author of In the Dead of Winter (St. Martin's Press) along with numerous stories and articles. An assistant professor of English at Sinclair Community College, she's the director for the college's annual creative writing contest. She also serves as a board member for the Antioch Writers' Workshop, and teaches workshops on a variety of writing-related topics.

Afternoon Young Writers Seminar (specifically for Miami Valley, Ohio area writers ages 15-18)-Katrina Kittle

Katrina Kittle is the author of Traveling Light and Two Truths and a Lie and The Kindness of Strangers. Her fourth novel, The Blessings of the Animals was released in the summer of 2010 and was an Indie Next pick and a Midwest Connections pick. Her first young adult novel, Reasons To Be Happy, will be published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky in fall of 2011. Kittle has extensive experience teaching middle school and high school students.

Monday, November 22, 2010

AWW Alumni and instructor nominated for Pushcart Prize!

From AWW alumni (2009) and instructor (Saturday Seminar, 2010) Julie Moore: "Hi, Sharon. I thought you'd like to know that a poem of mine workshopped in the 2009 AWW was just nominated for a Pushcart Prize. The poem is "The Problem with School," which appeared in the summer issue of Verse Wisconsin here: http://versewisconsin.org/Issue103/poems103/moore.html. My workshop leader that year was Ed Davis, and I read that poem at AWW's closing program where I received many favorable responses. Three cheers (again) for AWW!"

Congratulations, Julie, and thank you for sharing your good news!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Katrina Kittle Featured in WYSO Interview

From WYSO (91.3--Public Radio for the Miami Valley): A conversation with local author Katrina Kittle about her new novel, The Blessings of the Animals. The Blessings of the Animals, Katrina Kittle (Harper Perennial) by Vick Mickunas November 1, 2010 Katrina Kittle's fourth novel, "The Blessings of the Animals" is the story of a marriage. As the book opens Cami Anderson's marriage is falling apart. Anderson, a veterinarian, seeks refuge in her work. She discovers that her animal companions can be more dependable and affectionate than some of her human companions have been.

Katrina Kittle is a resident of Dayton. In this interview she discussed her writing career and how it has been nurtured and sustained through her long association with the Antioch Writer's Workshop in Yellow Springs. This was Kittle's third visit to the Book Nook on WYSO.

Vick Mickunas created the Book Nook author interview program for WYSO in 1994. Over the years he has produced more than 1200 interviews with writers, musicians, poets, politicians, and celebrities. Vick Mickunas reviews books for the Dayton Daily News and the Springfield News Sun. © Copyright 2010, WYSO

NOTE: Katrina Kittle will again be leading the Young Writers' Afternoon Seminar at the 2011 Antioch Writers' Workshop, presented in partnership with Antioch University Midwest (July 9-15, 2011, Yellow Springs, Ohio.)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Save the Date--26th Annual AWW will be July 9-15, 2011

Our 26th Annual AWW will be held at Antioch University Midwest and in Yellow Springs on July 9-15, 2011.

We plan to continue to offer the Full Week Experience (Morning classes, plus your choice of afternoon seminar, plus much, much more) as well as A La Carte options (a one-day Saturday Seminar, Morning Only Classes, and Afternoon Only Focus on Form option.)

We are in the process of updating our online registration form to make registering for the 2011 AWW easier and faster than ever. Watch for an announcement coming soon on our blog, website, and Facebook page!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

AWW Participant News

Cyndi Pauwels was one of the 2010 AWW's First Book speakers as author of Historic Warren County: An Illustrated History. That book has been awarded the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award in History Outreach by the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums (OAHSM). Congratulations to Cyndi and to the book's sponsor, The Heritage Advisory Council.

Via Wes Gilbert--another 2010 AWW workfellow extraordinaire--we've learned that Bob Barlow, AWW participant, has published his short fiction, How I Know She Loves Me, on WordRiot.com. Bob read this piece at the AWW 2010 open mic night to an enthusiastic response. Congratulations, Bob!

Do you have publishing news you'd like to share? Send it to info@antiochwriterworkshop.com for possible inclusion in a future e-newsletter (subscribe via our website) and/or blog!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Announcing... Our 2011 AWW Keynoter and Morning Fiction Instructor

We are pleased to announce that keynoter and morning fiction instructor for the July 9-15 2011 Antioch Writers' Workshop is Nancy Pickard, author of The Scent of Rain and Lightning, The Virgin of Small Plains, co-author of Seven Steps on the Writer's Path, and author of many other books.

Be sure to visit Nancy's website to learn more about her as an author and about her thoughts on the writing life. We're very excited that she will be joining us for 2011.

Our AWW Faculty Committee is hard at work on recruiting our 2011 faculty, so be sure to check this blog, our website, Facebook page, and our email newsletter (subscribe on our website) as we continue to announce more faculty.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Herbert Woodward Martin Featured on WMUB/WVXU Public Radio Today

Herbert Woodward Martin, renowned poet and Paul Laurence Dunbar expert, is a frequent instructor for Antioch Writers' Workshop--most recently, he guest-taught a poetry session for the 2010 AWW "Focus on Form" afternoon seminar this past summer.

Dayton Daily News writer Terry Morris, in his Footlights column, reported on Oct. 10, 2010: "Herbert Woodward Martin will portray and discuss famed poet Paul Laurence Dunbar at 8 p.m. today, on public radio stations 91.7 WVXU-FM and 88.5 WMUB-FM. Martin, of Dayton, is a Dunbar scholar, professor emeritus and poet in residence at the University of Dayton. The 60-minute program will include selections from the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra’s new CD recording of William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1 (“African American”). Martin will read more than a dozen of Dunbar’s poems, plus three of his own. Abbey Lincoln will perform a song inspired by Dunbar’s poetry."

To learn more about tonight's program, go to www.wvxu.org/specials/martin_dunbar.asp The site also has wonderful YouTube video of Dr. Martin reading classic Dunbar poems.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Look Back at the 2010 Workshop

A heartfelt and warm thank you to one of our four fabulous 2010 workfellows, Wendy Hart Beckman, for taking wonderful photos of our 2010 workshop!

As is so often the case with photographers-extraordinaire, Wendy didn't get included in any of the photos! But you can see what Wendy's been up to on her new blog, Wendy on Writing.

You can view the AWW 2010 Workshop Photo Album on Photobucket.

The photos really capture one of the hallmarks of the AWW--community!

As a result of attending AWW (in 2010 or earlier), have you formed a writing group with fellow AWW alumni? Or continued a friendship, perhaps serving as reviewers of one another's work?

If so, send your story to info@antiochwritersworkshop.com and we just might include it in a future e-newsletter (visit our website to subscribe to our e-newsletter) or blog!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Call for submissions!

From AWW friend, Christina Dendy, editor of MOCK TURTLE ZINE

Contact: Christina Dendy
Tel: 937-657-4041
Email: cdendy76@gmail.com

Deadline is Friday, August 27

The local, independent Mock Turtle Zine is accepting submissions for its upcoming issue. The publication will run in conjunction with Urban Nights on Friday, September 10. Submissions must be received by Friday, August 27, for consideration.

Mock Turtle Zine is an independent publishing effort undertaken to give artists and authors in Dayton, Ohio, and surrounding areas a vehicle for sharing their work. The zine accepts poetry, song lyrics, fiction and nonfiction as well as visual art.

Send electronic submissions to mockturtlepress@gmail.com by end of day August 27. Submissions guidelines are available on the zine’s website, http://mockturtlezine.weebly.com/submissions.html.

For additional information about the zine, please contact Christina Dendy at cdendy76@gmail.com or email Mock Turtle at mockturtlepress@gmail.com.

SHORT COPY (for calendar and classifieds sections):
Call for submissions to Dayton’s Mock Turtle Zine! Deadline Friday, August 27. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, visual art. Visit http://mockturtlezine.weebly.com/submissions.html for guidelines, or email mockturtlepress@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ways to Promote Yourself Before AND After You're Published

Workfellow Wes Gilbert shares pointers that Jeff Marks provided at AWW this year about promoting yourself both before and after you're published.

Before you're published:
1. Buy your website domain name.
2. Have a simple but effective website and keep it up-to-date.
3. Set up a blog and post regularly (weekly is great; monthly is minimum.)
4. Go to writers' conferences and get to know your peers and publishing professionals.

After you're published... keep doing all of the above, and:
1. Consider building up your audience through social media tools like Facebook and Twitter.
2. Contact book stores and get to know managers to set up signings.
3. Get in touch with local radio stations for interviews on community programs.
4. Write interviews or articles relating to your book topic for magazines.

Next year's AWW is July 9-15, 2011.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Tips and pointers from Visiting Agent April Eberhardt

AWW enjoyed learning from visiting agent April Eberhardt of Kimberley Cameron & Associates. Assistant Director Holly Hudson and Workfellow Wes Gilbert share these three tips from her talk:

1. April points out that self-publishing will increasingly become a viable alternative for many writers--for example, if you're a writer who gives speeches on a specific topic, and you have a book that is about that topic.

2. Whether you're published traditionally or not, you will need to be proactive about promoting your work.

3. Remember, as a writer you want to reach readers... and after you've written a great book, essay, poem, or story, you need to find ways to connect with them, whether through a blog, epublishing or other growing ways of publishing, so stay up-to-date on new technology.

Next year's workshop will be July 9-15, 2011.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Tips and pointers from visiting agent Janet Reid

AWW was privileged to have two agents visit this year! One was Janet Reid, from Fine Print Literary Management. Workfellow Wes Gilbert shares the six things Janet says writers MUST know before working with an agent:
1. What type of book you're writing--fiction, nonfiction, genre, etc.
2. Understand agents represent and advocate for you, but typically they are not editors or sounding boards.
3. Remember that publishers add value to your work and give you access to a market you can't reach.
4. Warning signs for non-legitimate agents and publishers: asking you for morney, and not adding value.
5. Mistakes won't kill you (or your career).
6. The best way to be a great writer is to be a great reader.

Learn more about querying and other publishing industry insight at Janet's blog, Query Shark.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Saturday Seminar Round Up

Sixty-five writers attended AWW's first ever Saturday Seminar on July 10. Here are some highlights from AWW Workfellow Wes Gilbert:

1. Morning Keynoter and fiction teacher Carrie Bebris noted that everything in fiction--including plot--comes first from character; not so much surface details, but what those details represent about the character. Carrie shared a brief exercise for getting to know your character better: write a first-person paragraph in which the character introduces him or herself.

2. Heather Webber taught "Nuts and Bolts of Publishing and How to Query." Heather pointed out it's important to remember a query is a business letter. Describe your work in present tense. And don't apologize in your letter (e.g., for not being published.)

Jeff Bruce shared pointers on how to write non-fiction, while Becky Morean gave tips on how to bring out and enjoy your inner writer.

Next year's AWW will be July 9-15, 2011.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Antioch Writers' Workshop Announces FREE, Open to Public Readings

Antioch Writers’ Workshop is pleased to announce the following free, open to the public events held during the week of its 25th annual workshop:
--Saturday, July 10: Keynote by Sigrid Nunez
--Sunday, July 11: Readings by Nancy Pinard, Ralph Keyes and Trudy Krisher
--Monday, July 12: Readings by Katrina Kittle, John Drury, Crystal Wilkinson
--Tuesday, July 13: Readings by Ann Hagedorn, Donald Pollock, Becky Morean
--Thursday, July 15: Readings by Cathy Smith Bowers, Matthew Goodman, Sigrid Nunez
--Friday, July 16: Readings by Selected AWW Full Week Participants

Keynote and Readings are all at 7:00 p.m., Antioch University Midwest (900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH 45387), in auditorium, with book signings to follow. No readings on Wednesday, July 14... but drop by The Emporium in Yellow Springs at about 7:00 p.m., where AWW Full Week participants will give open mic readings.

The workshop is held in partnership with Antioch University Midwest and with support from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation; Ohio Arts Council; The Frank Pace, Jr. Foundation; and WYSO (media sponsor).

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Two Fiction Slots Left; Registration Deadlines Extended

Calling all fiction writers: two slots have opened up in our fiction writing afternoon seminars--one with Sigrid Nunez and one with Trudy Krisher!

Our Full Week Registration has been extended to June 10--so you still have time to register for the Full Week and snag these afternoon fiction slots while they are still available (or sign up for the Full Week and one of our other fabulous afternoon seminars in poetry, creative nonfiction, personal essay/memoir, or focus on form.)

We've also extended our A La Carte registration deadlines as follows:
Saturday Seminar--registration deadline June 30.
Morning Only Classes--registration deadline July 10. (No, that's not a typo!)
Afternoon Only Focus on Form Class--registration deadline July 10.

Check our website at www.antiochwritersworkshop.com or email Sharon at info@antiochwritersworkshop.com

Don't miss out on a fantastic workshop this summer!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

DDN/AWW Creative Writing Contest Winners Announced!

The Dayton Daily News and Antioch Writers' Workshop are pleased to announce the winners of this year's DDN/AWW creative writing contest! And the winners are...

"Best In Show"--from Adult Poetry category--"Too Many Colors of Snow" by Amy Leigh.

Adult Poetry
First Place--"Anastasia Smith" by Bill Vernon
Second Place--"Hot Pink Sundress" by Susan Iwinski
Third Place--"Anecdotal" by C. Dendy

Adult Short Story
First Place--"She's Not There" by Kate Geiselman
Second Place--"Juanita's Casserole" by Bill Steinmetz
Third Place--"A Way To Get There" by Janet Irvin

Teen Poetry
First Place--"Lightweaver" by Andrew Eckley
Second Place--"My Favorite Shoes" by Cesira Miconi
Third Place--"My Grandpa" by Caitlyn Kirby

Teen Short Story
First Place--"C.O.D." by Katrina Scott
Second Place--"The Teapot" by Cesira Miconi
Third Place--"Blame the Innocent" by Shardae Arnold

Youth Poetry
First Place--"My Sister Thinks" by Riley Hemmelgarn
Second Place--"Fall" by Bryce Beddard
Third Place--"Bubble" by Lisa Wier

Youth Short Story
First Place--"The Summer of the Cute Diamond Stud" by Claudia Coffin
Second Place--"High Dive" by Rachel Gaines
Third Place--"The Life of a Paper Airplane" by Alex Szkarupa

Thank you to all who entered--nearly 600 writers!

And congratulations to the winners of this year's competition.

The "best in show" winner receives a scholarship for registration and tuition to the 2010 Antioch Writers' Workshop and publication in the Dayton Daily News and on the Antioch Writers' Workshop website.

First place winners in Adult and Teen categories receive a $125.00 scholarship to apply to AWW 2010 programs; first place winners in Youth categories receive a gift certificate to Books & Company. All first place winners are published in the Dayton Daily News and on the AWW website.

Second and third place winners are all published on the AWW website.

If you missed the print publication of the best in show and first place winners in the Dayton Daily News, you can read these stories and poems, as well as the second and third place stories and poems, on the AWW website's contest page.

Thank you again to all who entered and congratulations to this year's contest winners.

P.S. Registration deadlines have been extended to June 10 for Full Week, June 30 for Saturday Seminar, and July 10 for Morning Only and Afternoon Only options! Visit the AWW website for details.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Readings by Becky Morean, Ralph Keyes (AWW instructors)

Two of our 2010 AWW faculty will have readings locally this week!

--Tuesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. at the Yellow Springs Library, local author Abbey Pen Baker-known to her friends and neighbors as Rebecca Morean- will read from her current and upcoming books, In the Dead of Winter and Death at the Round Table. Set in the Roaring twenties, Ms. Pen Baker’s new mystery series features a private lady detective Myrl Adler Norton, daughter of Irene Adler and, yes…Sherlock Holmes! Rebecca Morean will lead the Focus on Form Afternoon Only "A La Carte" seminar at Antioch Writers' Workshop this year.

--Thursday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Centerville Library, best-selling local author Ralph Keyes visits us in celebration of the library's 200th anniversary! Writer of fifteen books, including I Love It When You Talk Retro (2009), Keyes will appear for a brief talk followed by a reception and sales of selected titles of his books. Refreshments provided courtesy of Panera Bread. Ralph Keyes is teaching the Personal Essay and Memoir afternoon seminar as part of the Full Week Antioch Writers' Workshop this year.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Meet Four Writers at AWW Info Session on Saturday, May 1

Come join four writers as they share inspiring stories about their own writing journeys... and their experiences with Antioch Writers' Workshop... on May 1, 2:00 p.m., at Books & Co. at The Greene:

• Ann Hagedorn is the author of the non-fiction narratives Wild Ride and Beyond the River. She is teaching creative non-fiction at this year’s AWW (July 10-16) in Yellow Springs.
• Katrina Kittle is the author of several novels, including The Kindness of Strangers and the forthcoming The Blessings of The Animals. She is teaching the new Young Writers seminar at this year’s AWW.
• Herb Woodward Martin is author of four books of poetry, including The Forms of Silence, and an opera, Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground. He is teaching the poetry session of the Focus on Form afternoon seminar at this year’s AWW.
• Tim Waggoner has published more than 70 fantasy and science fiction stories, hundreds of articles, and numerous novels, including the recent Nekropolis. He has taught at AWW and served on its board of trustees.

Find out what these writers have to share about the writing process, the writing life, and Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Attendees will receive a $25.00 coupon good toward AWW’s new A La Carte offerings.

For more information about AWW or this event, visit www.antiochwritersworkshop.com or email info@antiochwritersworkshop.com

The Antioch Writers’ Workshop and Young Writers’ program is held in partnership with Antioch University McGregor and with support from the Yellow Springs Community Foundation; Ohio Arts Council; The Frank Pace, Jr. Foundation; and WYSO (media sponsor).

Monday, April 26, 2010

"A Bigger, Better AWW"

Take a look at this fabulous blog by Virgil Hervey, creator/writer of The Yellow Springs Blog. Virgil is a past Assistant Director of the workshop. He will be teaching 1 morning class on blogging (hey, we only hire the best faculty) during our Professional Connections morning class series (available to those who are Full Week participants or Morning Only participants.)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Celebrating 25 years... with an article, a book signing, and a valuable offer for writers!

Take a look at this great write-up about AWW and its venerable 25 year history.

And... come celebrate May 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Books & Co. at The Greene as past and current AWW instructors share insight into the workshop and sign books:
Herb Woodward Martin
Katrina Kittle
Ann Hagedorn
Tim Waggoner

Attendees will receive a coupon good for $25.00 (in honor of our 25 year history) toward attending any of our new A La Carte programs: Saturday Seminar, Morning Only Classes or Focus on Form Afternoon Only Seminar.

Monday, March 29, 2010

AWW Alumni News

David Halperin (AWW 2008)

David emails that his novel, Journal of a UFO Investigator, will be published in early 2011 by Viking Press. What's more, the novel has also been acquired by publishers in Germany, Italy and Spain. Details are in this Publishers Weekly article. Congratulations David!

Christina Lovin (AWW/Judson Jerome Scholarship 2007)

Christina Lovin has been chosen as the inaugural Poet-in-Residence at Connemara, the Flat Rock, North Carolina, home of the late poet Carl Sandburg. The Write-in-Residence program was long a vision of the Sandburg family; it has come to fruition with the cooperation of the National Park Service and Friends of Carl Sandburg at Connemara. Lovin will spend three weeks at Connemara this spring. The residency also comes with a $1500 stipend.

Lovin has also been writer-in-residence at Devil's Tower National Monument (WY) and Andrews Experimental Forest (OR, through the Spring Creek Project). Lovin's other awards since her time at Antioch include: 2007 Emerging Poet Award from Southern Women Writers, 2008 Winner of both the Women Who Write and Portia Steel Awards, 2009 Ethnographic Poetry Award (from the Society for Humanistic Anthropology), 2008 AWP WC & C Scholarship for Poetry, 2007 "Best of the Best" from Triplopia, and two Pushcart nominations (for "Coal Country" and "Maguey Azul").

Julie Moore (AWW 2005; Judson Jerome Scholarship 2009)

Julie recently received word from The Fourth River that her poem "Stealth," (for which she received feedback during a one-on-one critique with Rebecca McClanahan during AWW 2009) won runner-up in the 2009 poetry contest sponsored by The Fourth River (out of Chatham University and its MFA program). Julie emailed us that: "AWW just keeps on giving and giving..." Julie is our Saturday Seminar poetry instructor, so she's going to be giving and giving to AWW this summer, too!

Kristina McBride (AWW 1996)
Kristina's first novel--a Young Adult titled The Tension of Opposites--will be published May 25 with Egmont USA. Her novel is about 16-year-old Tess who struggles to regain her best friendship with Noelle, a broken and self-destructive girl who has just returned from a two year abduction. Learn more at www.kristinamcbride.com Kristina emails: "Though I attended AWW over ten years ago, it has remained a source of inspiration." That's what we love to hear! Congratulations, Kristina!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Writing Starters... and the Focus on Form Seminars!

Spring making you antsy to start some new work?

Try one of these great writing-starters from Nancy Pinard (author, AWW alumna, and 2010 AWW Faculty member):
Copy out the first line of a published story that you haven't yet read. Change the nouns. Use it to start your own story.
Eavesdrop on others' conversations. Take a line out of context. Use it to start a story. Ex: "I want you to leave him alone."
Choose a well-known fairy tale such as "The Three Little Pigs" and write a contemporary tale using "characters" from your neighborhood.
Tell a family story, but change each of the family member's genders and allow that to inform/determine what happens.
Nancy is the Mentor-Leader for our Focus on Form afternoon seminar. This seminar does not require a manuscript... in fact, you get to start three works--fiction, poetry, and non-fiction--during the first three afternoons. Then during the final three afternoons, Nancy serves as Mentor to help participants develop that work more fully. By the end of the week... you have a solid piece of work to take home and continue creating!

Nancy was our Focus on Form afternoon seminar Mentor last year, and her participants were thrilled and amazed at how much creative work they developed in just six afternoons. Several of these participants read during the final workshop night at the Participant Reading... and everyone else was also very impressed with the work they started during the Focus on Form seminar.

In fact, it was such a success that we decided to offer Focus on Form two ways:
As part of the Full Week seminar, under Nancy's mentorship. (These students attend morning classes and have full week perks, then attend the Focus on Form seminar in the afternoon.). Greg Hoard leads the non-fiction afternoon; Herb Woodward Martin leads the poetry afternoon; Nancy leads the fiction afternoon and the mentoring portion of the seminar.
As an A La Carte seminar--same concept, but these participants go to their own Focus on Form seminar, afternoons only, from 2:30-5:00. Rebecca Morean (published author and Sinclair Community College instructor) is the Mentor for this option. This is perfect for those who would like to explore their creative writing in a seminar setting, but not attend morning classes. Offered at a reduced rate; see our A La Carte page for details. Jeff Bruce leads the non-fiction afternoon; Jamey Dunham leads the poetry afternoon; Rebecca leads the fiction afternoon and the mentoring portion of the seminar.

Please see Faculty page for full bios for all instructors.

Monday, March 22, 2010

AWW Loves Young Writers!

AWW Loves Young Writers... And We Bet You Do, Too!

Conventional wisdom holds that young-people-these-days are not interested in the literary arts.

We at AWW think that "wisdom" isn't very wise at all.

In fact, at AWW 2009, the best-in-show winner of the Dayton Daily News creative writing contest (who was awarded a scholarship to AWW) was a young 18-year-old named Tyler. He wowed everyone with his amazing literary abilities, great attitude, and enthusiasm.

We were so wowed that we started talking about how many super-talented young people had entered that contest.

Then we started asking ourselves... why don't we find a way to open up the workshop to young writers--though 15-18, or entering sophomore-senior year of high school in autumn of 2010?

Our answer was to create the Young Writers program for, well, young writers in the greater Dayton area.

We're asking these young writers to submit three pages of work and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or (if home-schooled) a coach or leader from an activity.

Then, up to fifteen of these young writers will be awarded an AWW Young Writers' Scholarship so they can attend the workshop for $450.00.

These lucky young writers will attend morning classes with all workshop participants, then have lunch with faculty, followed by their own seminar led by Katrina Kittle--AWW alumna, fabulous author (Traveling Light, Two Truths and a Lie, The Kindness of Strangers), and former high school teacher.

So... how can you help with this exciting, new program--and the only program for young writers in the greater Dayton area?

First, if you know any young writers that fit the location/age requirements, please, tell them about this amazing opportunity! Details on how to apply (deadline is May 1) and particulars about the program are on our Young Writers page.
Are you a high school teacher in the greater Dayton area? Do you know high school teachers in the greater Dayton area? Work with kids in libraries or similar programs in the area? Then email sharon@antiochwritersworkshop.com I will send you handouts to give to these students!
You can also help by becoming an I Believe in Young Writers' Angel. Simply make a $25.00 contribution to the Young Writers' program, to help underwrite the scholarships. Send a check for $25.00, payable to Antioch Writers' Workshop, to our P.O. Box 494, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387. Put "Young Writers" in the memo line. (If you'd rather donate via PayPal--no surcharge!--email sharon@antiochwritersworkshop.com) At the workshop we will publish our "I Believe in Young Writers Angels" list--with your name and if you like your website url. After the workshop, we'll also publish this list in this newsletter and on our own website.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

AWW Scholarships!

Scholarship Opportunities!

As we have for many years, we are offering the following scholarships:

► Betty Crumrine Scholarship--awarded to a single parent who is committed to writing and who could not otherwise attend the workshop. The Crumrine Scholarship was created by friends of Betty Crumrine, who lived and wrote in Yellow Springs and participated in the Antioch Writers' Workshop from 1986 until 1990.

► Judson Jerome Poetry Scholarship--The scholarship is named after Judson Jerome, a poet and nonfiction writer, writer of textbooks, professor, and poetry editor who founded the Antioch Writers' Workshop along with William Baker.
► Bill Baker Scholarship--for a writer who is nominated by someone who can testify to his or her qualifications both as writer and community member. The scholarship is named after Bill Baker, co-founder of the Antioch Writers' Workshop, writer of textbooks, journalist, and fiction writer.

Details for exactly what you need to submit... and how to submit... are on our Scholarship page.

This year, we're excited to announce that First Place winners of each scholarship will, as in the past, receive a scholarship covering the full registration and tuition. (Lodging, critiques, Saturday Seminar, and other expenses are not covered.

However, for the first time, we've added Second Place awards for each of the scholarships--covering 50% of the registration and tuition fees!

So... if your work fits these scholarships, please submit, or pass this information on to writers you know who would qualify to compete for these prestigious scholarships.

Deadline to apply is May 1, 2010.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Dayton Daily News/AWW Contest: Enter to Win an AWW Scholarship

The Dayton Daily News has long held a short story and poetry writing contest, with the best-in-show winner receiving a full scholarship to Antioch Writers' Workshop. Now, the Dayton Daily News and AWW have teamed up to not only continue this program, but to add more scholarships to AWW programs. Entry rules here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

AWW Alumni

AWW Alumni News

Fran Baird (AWW 2007/2008)

Fran's poem, Neshaminy, which was published in the Spring 2009 Schuylkill Valley Journal has been nominated for a 2009 Pushcart Prize. Fran recently emailed: "I workshopped this poem at AWW in 2007 and 2008 under the title Crow. I just want to thank Cathy Smith Bowers and John Drury for their extraordinary support and insightful feedback and their exquisite friendship, and my fellow participants for the same. AWW is a sacred place where special people meet and where writers grow. I'll be back!"

Cyndi Pauwels (AWW 2009)
Cyndi's book, Historic Warren County: An Illustrated History, was recently published by the county's Heritage Advisory Council. This is the first updated comprehensive history of the county since 1882! The colorful, limited edition has been distributed in each public library and school district in Warrent County, Ohio. The book is available to member agencies of HAC, and proceeds will benefit the historic preservation efforts of the HAC throughout Warren County.

Monday, March 8, 2010

AWW's 2010 Tuition

AWW 2010--Tuition Rates
We are pleased that we have not raised rates in the past five years. This year's rates are the same as last year's... and as 2006's!

We're also pleased to offer "a la carte" options for attending AWW, for the first time in our 25-year history. It makes our tuition structure a bit more complex, but we think it's worth it in order to provide our participants the flexibility you've been requesting.

Full Week Tuition (all include non-refundable $125.00 registration fee):
First Time Attendees/Non-Local: $735.00.
AWW Alumni/Local: $675.00
Ohio College/University Student or Faculty: $575.00
Young Writers (age 15-18; Miami Valley area of Ohio; please see web or contact director for details): $450.00

A La Carte Options (all inclu de non-refundable $125.00 registration fee):
Morning Classes Only:$375.00
Afternoon Only Focus on Form Only: $375.00
Saturday Seminar Only: $125.00
Morning Class Plus Saturday Seminar: $450.00
Afternoon Only Focus on Form plus Saturday Seminar: $450.00

Full Week Optional Add-Ons:
Agent Pitch Sessions: Included in tuition
Saturday Seminar: $75.00
Village Hosting: $150.00 (space very limited; contact director)

We accept checks, money orders, and major credit cards via PayPal. (We no longer charge a processing fee for using a credit card via PayPal).

As always... please contact the director at info@antiochwritersworkshop.com with any questions!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

AWW's 2010 Schedule

Start Marking your Calendar... AWW's 2010 Schedule

SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2010 (all events at Antioch University McGregor)
Saturday Seminar (available as a stand-alone event, or as an add-on to the Full Week Experience)

8:00 a.m.--Check in and continental breakfast
9:00 a.m.--Keynote with Carrie Bebris
10:30 a.m.--Break Out Session One (choose from Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Query Critique/Publishing Nuts & Bolts, or Awakening the Writer Within)
12:00 p.m.--Box Lunch and Book Signings
1:45 p.m.--Break Out Session Two
3:15 p.m.--Break Out Session Three

Full Week Participants--Sign In

Dessert and Wine Reception (Open to any AWW registered participant)
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Keynote Speech by Sigrid Nunez (Open to public)
7:00 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 11, 2010
Full Week Participants (at Antioch University McGregor):
10:00 a.m.--Meet the Faculty/Ice-breakers
12:00 p.m.--Box Lunch

Full Week and Afternoon Only Focus on Form Seminars:
2:30-5:00 p.m. (at various locations throughout Yellow Springs.)

Evening Reading (open to public)
7:00 p.m., at Antioch University McGregor

Continental Breakfast (Full Week and Morning Only Participants)
8:00 a.m., Antioch University McGregor

Morning Classes in Fiction, Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Professional Connections (Full Week and Morning Only Participants)
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Antioch University McGregor

Lunch with faculty (Full Week Participants only)
12:30-2:30 p.m., various locations

Pitch Sessions, Critiques (Full Week Participants only)
Scheduled individually, held at Antioch University McGregor

Afternoon Seminars for Full Week Participants/Afternoon Only Focus on Form Seminar
2:30-5:00 p.m., various locations

Evening Readings (open to public)
7:00 p.m., various locations

Thursday, February 18, 2010

New: Young Writers Program!

Are you (or do you know) a young writer? Then pass this article on! Antioch Writers' Workshop launched a Young Writers program--writers age 15-18 can apply for Young Writers' scholarships... and the opportunity to attend the workshop (July 10-16, 2010) and study with published authors, including Katrina Kittle. Pass it on!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Announcing... 2010 AWW Faculty!

Announcing... 2010 AWW Faculty!

We're excited to announce our faculty for 2010--our 25th annual Antioch Writers' Workshop! Please take a look at the overview... and then check out the full bios of our faculty on our website.

Sigrid Nunez has published five novels; her sixth, Salvation City, will be published in fall 2010. She has published in Pushcart Prize anthologies, and taught at Amherst College, Columbia University, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, as well as at other colleges, universities and conferences. Her keynote address will be on Saturday, July 10, at 7:00 p.m., following our dessert and wine kick-off reception.

Morning Fiction--Crystal Wilkinson, author of Blackberries, Blackberries and Water Street.

Morning Poetry--Cathy Smith Bowers. Her poems have appeared widely in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Kenyon Review, and others.

Morning Creative Nonfiction--Ann Hagedorn, author of Wild Ride: The Rise and Tragic Fall of Calumet Farm, Inc. and Beyond the River.

Both agents will speak during the morning Professional Connections class and, for Full Week participants only, be available for pitch sessions.
• April Eberhardt--Kimberley Cameron Agency. April's specialty is adult literary fiction.
• Janet Reid--Fine Print Literary. Janet specializes in compelling fiction, particularly crime fiction, and narrative non-fiction.

Jeff Marks, published author of both fiction and non-fiction, will present a session on how to pitch and query agents during the morning Professional Connections class.

Fiction--Sigrid Nunez (please see bio above.)

Fiction--Donald Ray Pollock. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Sou'wester, River Styx, and other publications.

Poetry--John Drury. His work has appeared in Poetry, Shenandoah, The Paris Review, and many other publications including a PushCart Prize anthology.

Memoir and Personal Essay--Ralph Keyes. Ralph is the author of fifteen books including The Courage to Write, Is There Life After High School, and Timelock.

Creative Nonfiction--Matthew Goodman. Author of the acclaimed narrative history The Sun and the Moon about 19th century New York and of Jewish Food as well as of many essays and articles.

Focus on Form--Nancy Pinard (published novelist) teaches the fiction day and mentors the overall class; Herb Woodward Martin (acclaimed poet) teaches the poetry day; Greg Hoard (published nonfiction author, essayist and reporter) teaches creative nonfiction day.

Young Writers--Katrina Kittle (author of The Kindness of Strangers and other acclaimed novels) leads this new program for young writers, ages 15-18 (high school sophomores through seniors), who reside in the Miami Valley, Ohio area.

We now offer an option for attending only the morning classes at a reduced rate; these are the same morning classes attended by the Full Week Experience participants.

This afternoon only class, offered at a reduced rate, follows the same format as the Full Week Focus on Form. Rebecca Morean, published novelist, teaches the fiction day and mentors the overall class; Jamey Dunham (widely published poet) leads the poetry day; Jeff Bruce (reporter and editor) leads the creative nonfiction day.

This one-day (July 10) seminar may be taken as a stand-alone event or, at a reduced rate, along with the Full Week Experience.
Saturday Seminar Morning Keynoter and Fiction Session Leader--Carrie Bebris, author of the award-winning Mr. & Mrs. Darcy mystery series.
Poetry Session--Julie L. Moore, author of two published poetry collections; poetry published in numerous publications.
Creative Nonfiction Session--Jeff Bruce, former Dayton Daily News editor, reporter, and columnist.
Query Critique plus Publishing Nuts & Bolts Session--Heather Webber, author of the Lucy Valentine novels and the Nina Quinn mystery series.
Awakening the Writer Within Session--Rebecca Morean, published novelist, short story writer and essayist.

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