Thursday, May 26, 2011

Area Teachers Highlight AWW Faculty

Antioch Writers' Workshop registration still open

The current trend to shop, eat, and act locally also applies to the classroom with the 2011 Antioch Writers' Workshop faculty, many of whom call the area home. "This area has a unique and diverse resource of writers and teachers, all of whom have distinct voices and extensive knowledge about writing and publishing," said Antioch Writers' Workshop Director Sharon Short.

The Antioch Writers' Workshop Full-Week experience will include an afternoon poetry seminar led by Jamey Dunham of West Chester, an afternoon fiction seminar led by Martha Moody of Centerville, an afternoon fiction seminar by former Dayton area resident Lucrecia Guerrero, and First Book Speaker Kristina Purnhagen McBride of Centerville. Young writers will have an opportunity to work with Kettering resident Katrina Kittle during the Workshop's Young Writers' Seminar.

Rebecca Morean of Yellow Springs will lead the Focus on Form afternoon seminar, which will also feature local guests Ron Rollins (Kettering) teaching nonfiction, and Julie Moore (Cedarville) teaching poetry.

All of the Workshop's Saturday Seminar teachers also reside in the area. Keynoter and instructor Tim Waggoner will travel from Centerville and will be joined by session teachers Chuck Freeland (Dayton), Kristina McBride and Rebecca Morean.

"The energy in a workshop setting like AWW is moving and palpable. Writers feed off one another's excitement and dedication, and learn so much as they talk through all the issues that crop up during the writing process," said Saturday Seminar session teacher and First Book Speaker Kristina Purnhagen McBride. "In the Dayton area alone, we have fiction and non-fiction writers, writers for all ages and writers of many different genres. This provides attendants of the workshop an opportunity to meet and connect with people who have tapped into different channels in the industry and learn the different paths each person has taken to publication."

The registration deadline for the quickly filling full-week experience is June 9, but the deadline for the Morning Only, Afternoon Only, and Saturday Seminar registration has been extended to July 2. "These A La Carte options are a great way for local writers with a limited schedule to still take advantage of the workshop-or to give it a try before committing to the Full Week schedule and seminars," said AWW Director Sharon Short. "We had several writers last year who attended the Saturday Seminar or the Morning Classes as a first experience with the Antioch Writers' Workshop, and they're returning this year for the Full Week experience."

For detailed biographies of the 2011 Faculty and information on how to register for the 2011 Antioch Writers' Workshop, visit or email

The Antioch Writers' Workshop will be held July 9-15, 2011 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).

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