Monday, February 10, 2014

Fourth Annual Spring One-Day Seminar--"Paths to Publishing"--March 22

So you've written a story, an essay, a novel, a book-length work of creative nonfiction, and now you'd love to get it into the hands of readers. Now what? Do you pursue an agent? Submit to magazines or publishers? Self-publish or indie-publish? What about contracts? Writing queries? And synopses? And book proposals? When and how do you self-promote on a web site, Facebook page, twitter... WHEW! You've got questions about the business end of creative writing and publishing. WE HAVE ANSWERS.

By the end of this Spring One-Day Seminar, you'll be armed with a robust set of knowledge, tips, tools, resources, all of which will help you take the next steps in the publishing aspect of your writing career!

This seminar will be held Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Antioch University Midwest (900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH). 

The total cost is $150.00 ($50 of this is a nonrefundable registration fee), which covers instruction as well as continental breakfast and box lunch.

The seminar will focus purely on the business/publishing aspect of the writing life. (For developing craft, please consider our summer program options.)
Jeff and Deborah Herman of the 
Jeff Herman Agency

In addition to Super Agents Jeff and Deborah Herman from the Jeff Herman Agency, we are still finalizing the faculty for this event. A detailed schedule is available on our website.

The deadline to register for the event is March 18, 2014. Registration is easy!

1. Click on this handy link
2. OR... if you would like to receive a printed Registration Form, email and put "Spring 2014 Registration Request" in your subject line. Be sure to include your name and address in your email.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

2013 Fall Retreat Wrap-Up

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Sometimes all it takes to jump start the creative process is a weekend away from the norm. That's why last October, the Antioch Writers' Workshop Fall Weekend Writers' Retreat gave writers a chance to get away and focus on work-in-progress in an inspiring yet restful setting while receiving guidance from writing and publishing professionals.

fall 2013b
The Fall Retreat was held at Grailville Retreat Center and led by authors Matthew Goodman and Sherri Wood Emmons.
 The Retreat is designed for writers who have works of fiction (short stories or novels) or essay(s)/creative nonfiction either complete or in progress and who wish to focus on revising/completing this work and identifying next steps on their writing paths. Up to twenty writers were selected. 
Visit our website for details on future retreats and the 29th Annual Summer Workshop: July 12-18, 2014.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Second Sunday Free Writers' Seminar This Weekend!

Antioch Writers' Workshop and Books & Co are offering the next Free Writers' Seminar on February 9, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Books & Co at The Greene. The seminar, "Writing Flash Fiction," will be led by author and professor Scott Geisel. 

Scott Geisel
A story well-told in 500 words or less is an accomplishment for the writer and a treat for readers. Flash fiction is growing more and more in popularity and provides plenty of opportunities for submitting to journals. At this seminar, you'll learn the tips and techniques of writing super-short fiction... in a flash! Led by Scott Geisel, published short story writer and professor of English at Wright State University. 
Join Scott to learn more about writing prose poems at Books & Co at The Green on February 9 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM. No reservations are required for the Second Sunday Free Writers' Workshop, but expressed intention to attend is appreciated. Call Books & Co at The Greene at 937- 429-6302.
For more information about Antioch Writers' Workshop or the Second Sunday Free Writers' Workshop, visit or email
The Antioch Writers' Workshop will be held July 12-18, 2014 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).

Sunday, February 2, 2014

AWW LitSalon on February 9

The second  Antioch Writers' Workshop LitSalon, a fantastic, fun evening in which fellow writers and readers hob-nob with a celebrated author Donna MacMeans, support Antioch Writers' Workshop, and get a tax deduction, will be held on Sunday, February 9 from 4-7 p.m. at Blush Boudoir Photography, 120 N. St. Clair Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402. 
Donna MacMeans

Donna MacMeans, author of seductively witty historical romances, including The Casanova Code, Redeeming the Rogue and more, will mingle with guests while they enjoy wine, beer, other beverages and hors d'ouevres. Donna will share the insights, imagination and inspiration that enables her to be an accountant by day and, as she puts it, "rip off the green eye shades" and write fun, witty romance the rest of her time.

Donna's books--perfect for Valentine's Day gift-giving!--will be available for sale, and she'll be glad to autograph copies for you. We'll have a silent auction of Valentine-worthy goodies and books, too! Plenty of time for asking questions of this romance writing master... and for meeting new friends!

Blush Boudoir Photography is owned by Bill Pote, AWW former board member, founder of, and current chair of the AWW Marketing and Programming Committee. While you won't have to have your photo taken (at least not in a blush-inducing way), you will enjoy the ambiance of this perfect setting for a Valentine's themed LitSalon, a beautifully restored 1830s cottage in downtown Dayton!

The cost of this wonderful evening is $35 per couple or $20 per individual. The LitSalon is limited to a total of 24 individuals. ALL fees go to support scholarships as well as the Young Writers and other programs of the Antioch Writers' Workshop. FIFTY PERCENT of cost is tax deductible; participants will receive a letter stating donation amount.
Hosts Ron and Amy Rollins with Martha Moody (center) at October LitSalon

At the first ever AWW LitSalon last October, literature lovers gathered to celebrate writing and books in general along with New York Times' best-selling author Martha Moody (Best Friends and Sharp and Dangerous Virtues as well as other novels). Our goal is to hold three or four AWW LitSalons, on various literary topics and in various settings in the Greater Miami Valley, each year.

Here's how to participate:
1. Register via this convenient link:
2. OR... EMAIL Sharon Short, Executive Director of Antioch Writers' Workshop, at OR Include your name, phone number, and email in your email or phone message, and indicate that you're contacting AWW about LitSalon.
3. Sharon will follow up with detailed instructions and directions.
5. Deadline to register : February 8, 2014. 

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