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.

Search This Blog