Friday, May 10, 2013

News from the Antioch Writers' Workshop

AWW 2013 Summer Workshop; Summer Morning Lineup; Afternoon Seminars; the Perks of Full Week Registration; and What's to Come in June
Dear writers,

The days are growing longer, and the nights are getting shorter. That means the spring equinox is right around the corner. Like the hours of day and night, you too can find balance for your writing life by planning to attend the Antioch Writers' Workshop summer workshop, which will take place on July 6 - 12 of 2013. Registration for the summer workshop is open for all online, but not for much longer.  In this issue, you can read about:
  • 2013 Summer Schedule
  • Summer Morning Lineup
  • Summer Afternoon Seminars
  • Getting Started in Fiction and Nonficition
  • Perks of Full Week Registration
  • Approaching Deadlines
  • Second Sunday Free Writers' Workshop
  • What's to Come in June

The 2013 AWW rosters will fill quickly, so complete your registrations soon! As you know, our website is loaded with information about Antioch Writers' Workshop and all of the ways to attend. 

To get the latest updates, more info about the workshop, and interviews with this summer's faculty, check out our blog, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Sharon Short, Director
Antioch Writers' Workshop
The 2013 Summer Schedule
For participants opting to include the Saturday Seminar in registration, the 2013 Antioch Writers' Workshop kicks off on Saturday, July 6 at 8:00 a.m. at Antioch University Midwest.

On the evening of Saturday, July 6 a dessert and wine reception for Full-Week participants beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Antioch University Midwest precedes the 7:00 p.m. Keynote Address by Lee Martin, Pulitzer Prize nominated author of Break the Skin, followed by a book signing.

Sunday, July 7
Noon Box lunch at Antioch University Midwest
1:00 p.m. Faculty Introductions and Participant ice-breaker.
2:30 p.m. Afternoon seminars begin at various locations in Yellow Springs
5:00 p.m. Dinner break
7:00 p.m. Evening Program (Faculty reading)

Monday, July 8 through Friday, July 12
Afternoon seminars at various locations in Yellow Springs; all other events at Antioch University Midwest 
8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast (coffee, tea, breakfast pastries, fruit)
8:30 a.m. Fiction with Lee Martin
9:30 a.m. Professional Skills for Writers
10:30 a.m. Poetry with Cathy Smith Bowers
11:30 a.m. Creative Nonfiction with Dinty W. Moore
12:30 p.m. Lunch Break-sign up for lunches with faculty!
1:30 p.m. Two ADDITIONAL Professional Skills for Writers 
sessions, Monday and Tuesday Only
               Monday--"How to Give a Pitch" (Sharon Short)
               Tuesday--"How to Give a Reading" (Tobin Terry)
2:30 p.m. Break out to Afternoon Seminars, held at various locations
5:00 p.m. Dinner Break
7:00 p.m. Evening programs (open to public)

For more information on faculty, registration, afternoon seminars, and A La Carte options, visit our website or email
The Summer Morning Lineup
All full-week participants and those who sign up for the Morning Only A La Carte option gather for these lectures which include the opportunity to ask writing questions of the faculty members. The instructors may incorporate in-class writing or optional homework. These classes are all held at Antioch University Midwest.

Morning fiction classes are an examination of the elements of fiction (e.g., plot, character, and point of view) with discussion of how these elements work in successful writing led by Lee Martin, Pulitzer Prize Finalist author of The Bright Forever, and three other novels, including Break the Skin.
Lee Martin  
Lee Martin
Morning Poetry with Cathy Smith Bowers
Morning Poetry classes led by Cathy Smith Bowers are an examination of the elements of poetry (e.g., form, meter, and sound) with discussion of examples of successful poems.
Cathy Smith Bowers
Cathy Smith Bowers
Cathy, who was named Poet Laureate of North Carolina in 2010, is the author of four books: The Love that Ended Yesterday in Texas (inaugural winner of the Texas Tech University Press First Book Competition, 1992); Traveling in Time of Danger (Iris Press, 1999), A Book of Minutes (Iris Press, 2004), and The Candle I Hold Up to See You (Iris Press, 2009). Her powerful poems about family and loss have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Poetry, The Southern Review and The Kenyon Review. She is currently on the faculty for Queens' M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program, UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program and at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

Morning Creative Nonfiction/Memoir Instructor-Dinty W. Moore
Morning Creative Nonfiction/Memoir classes led by Dinty W. Moore examine the elements of nonfiction (e.g., structure, research, and accuracy) with discussion of how these elements work in successful writing.
Dinty W Moore
Dinty W. Moore
Dinty is author of numerous books, including The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life, Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Nonfiction, and the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize. Having failed as a zookeeper, modern dancer, Greenwich Village waiter, filmmaker, and wire service journalist, he now writes essays and stories. He has been published in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Gettysburg Review, Utne Readerand Crazyhorse,
among numerous other venues. Dinty lives in Athens, Ohio, which he calls "the funkadelicious, hillbilly-hippie Appalachian epicenter of the locally-grown, locally-consumed, goats-are-for-cheese, paw-paws-are-for-eatin', artisanal-salsa, our-farmers-market-rocks-the-hills sub-culture," where he grows his own heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions, and teaches in and serves as director of Ohio University's BA, MA, and PhD in Creative Writing program.

Professional Skills for Writers 
A different talk every day! Professional Skills for Writers brings together different voices in the writing community. 

Monday--Self-Editing Grammar Boot Camp for Writers (Rebecca Kuder and Becky Morean)
Tuesday--Agent Talk by Hannah Brown Gordon (Foundry Literary + Media)
Wednesday--First book talk by AWW alumni Jen Violi
Thursday--Agent Talk by Suzie Townsend (New Leaf Literary)
Friday--Literary Magazine Editors' Panel, with Tobin Terry (Chagrin River Review), Nathan Floom and Jason Teal (Heavy Feather Review), and Christina Dendy and Matthew Birdsall (Mock Turtle Zine 

ADDITIONAL Afternoon Professional Skills for Writers 
Monday--How to Give a Pitch (led by Sharon Short)
Tuesday--How to Give a Reading (led by Tobin Terry)

Register for the Full-Week or Morning Only A La Cart Option on our website.
Afternoon Seminars
Afternoon Seminars (Sunday through Friday) are held at various locations in the charming village of Yellow Springs. To attend any of the fiction, poetry or nonfiction afternoon seminars, participants must register for the FULL WEEK program and must commit to bringing a manuscript for sharing and workshop except in "Getting Started in Fiction/Nonfiction," the only afternoon seminar not requiring a manuscript. 
Participants may enroll in any one of the following seminars and are encouraged to determine the most appropriate fit for their work. Each seminar is limited to 12 participants who commit themselves to attend all sessions and to read and comment thoughtfully and constructively on the other participants' manuscripts. In addition to manuscript critique, time may be devoted to discussion of writing techniques, in-class exercises, and examples of the work of published writers. Assignments may be made by the instructor. 
Afternoon Fiction Seminar--Sherri Wood Emmons  
Sherri Wood Emmons
Sherri Wood Emmons

Sherri Wood Emmons is a freelance writer and editor. She is a graduate of Earlham College and the University of Denver Publishing Institute. A mother of three, she lives in Indiana with her husband, two fat beagles, and four spoiled cats. Her novels include Prayers and Lies and The Sometimes Daughter, both published by Kensington.

Afternoon Fiction Seminar--Short Fiction Focus--Roxane Gay 
Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay
Roxane Gay's writing appears or is forthcoming in Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, New Stories From the Midwest 2011 and 2012, Salon, Oxford American, NOON, American Short Fiction, Indiana Review, Brevity, The Rumpus, and many others. She is the co-editor of PANK, the essays editor for The Rumpus, and teaches writing at Eastern Illinois University. She is also the author of Ayiti, a collection of writing about the Haitian diaspora experience and has other books on the horizon.

Afternoon Fiction Seminar--Jeffrey Ford 
Jeffrey Ford
Jeffrey Ford
Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels, The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, and The Shadow Year. His story collections are The Fantasy Writer's Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, and Crackpot Palace. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, magazines and anthologies, from MAD Magazine to The Oxford Book of American Short Stories (2nd edition), edited by Joyce Carol Oates. His work has been translated into nearly 20 languages and is the recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Nebula Award, and the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire

Afternoon Fiction Seminar--Casey Daniels 
Casey Daniels
Casey Daniels
Casey Daniels is the author of the popular Pepper Martin mystery series, in which Pepper works at a historic cemetery and solves mysteries for the ghosts there. In addition, Casey has a new series, the Button Box mysteries, written as Kylie Logan. Casey has also written both historical and contemporary romances as well as books for young adults and one children's book. She lives in the Cleveland area and teaches fiction writing classes at the Brecksville Center for the Arts. She is a frequent presenter at workshops nationwide. Learn more about Casey at

Afternoon Poetry Seminar Instructor--Cathryn Essinger
Cathy Essinger
Cathryn Essinger
Cathryn Essinger is the author of three books of poetry--A Desk In The Elephant House, which won the Walt McDonald First Book Award from Texas Tech University Press, and My Dog Does Not Read Plato, which was the runner up in the Main Street Rag book competition in 2004. Her third book, What I Know About Innocence, was published in 2009, also from Main Street Rag press, and includes a video poem produced by her son, David, a fiction writer and professor at the University of Findlay. Essinger's poems have been anthologized in The Poetry Anthology: 1912-2002, Poetry Daily: 366 Poems, and in O Taste and See: Food Poems. Her work has been featured on Garrison Keillor's Writer's Almanac. Her new work has appeared in such places as The Southern Review, New England Review, and Quarterly West. She received an Ohio Arts Council grant and was Ohio's Poet of the Year in 2005. She is a member of The Greenville Poets, a small but well-published poetry group that does workshop presentations and supports the work of younger writers. She is a retired Professor of English from Edison Community College, in Piqua, Ohio.

Afternoon Creative Nonfiction/Memoir Seminar 
Instructor--Matthew Goodman 
Matthew Goodman
Matthew Goodman
Matthew Goodman is the author of three books of non-fiction. His latest, the narrative history Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's History-Making Race Around the World, will be published in 2013 by Ballantine Books. It has been translated into seven languages and was chosen as a Barnes & Noble Spring 2013 Discover Great New Writers selection. His previous book, The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York, was a Borders Books Original Voices selection and was named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Economist magazine. Matthew's essays, articles, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications including The American Scholar, Harvard Review, Bon Appetit, the Forward, and the Utne Reader, and he has taught writing in many colleges and writing conferences, among them the Antioch Writers' Workshop and the Chautauqua Writers Institute. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and two children.
GettingGetting Started in Writing Fiction and Nonfiction
"Getting Started in Writing Fiction and Nonfiction" is the only Afternoon Seminar available as an A La Carte option. This is also the only Afternoon Seminar that does not require participants to provide a manuscript.

In the first half of the week, a published author in each form (fiction, non-fiction and poetry) will discuss one form each day and provide exercises to start participants on a piece of work. In the second half of the week, participants will continue one of the pieces begun earlier in the week under the guidance author Greg Belliveau.
Greg Belliveau
Greg Belliveau

Greg Belliveau is a 2008 Christopher Isherwood Grant Recipient, an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train's January 2012 Short-Short Fiction Contest, as well as the 2002 Christy Award finalist for Best First Novel, Go Down To Silence (Multnomah: a Division of Random House, 2001). He has been published in The Atticus Review, The Cleveland ReviewVine Leaves of which his vignette "LG Don't Want To Fly" was selected for their 2012 Best Of Anthology to be published by eMergent Publishing, December 2012. He received his MFA from Pacific University, Oregon, and he currently resides with his wife and two daughters in Ohio.
PerksThe Perks of the Full-Week Workshop
Afternoon seminar options for this year's Antioch Writers' Workshop Full Week Experience are filling quickly, so be sure to register soon! 
Suzie Townsend
Visiting Agent
In addition to all morning classes and your choice of afternoon seminar, the Full Week Experience includes perks not available to A La Carte registrants including individual pitch sessions with visiting agents Agents Suzie Townsend (New Leaf) and Hannah Gordon (Folio Literary and Media). Both agents are interested in a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction projects and are actively looking for new clients.  
Hannah Gordon Visiting Agent
Participants can also take advantage of lunch opportunities with faculty, an evening participant reading, one-on-one manuscript consultations (for additional small fee), and a reduced cost for the Saturday Seminar, a one-day writing seminar in craft, nuts and bolts, and inspiration.

The Full Week Experience kicks off at Antioch University Midwest with a Keynote Address by author Lee Martin on the evening of Saturday, July 6 followed by a dessert and wine reception. The event concludes on Friday, July 12. 

To register for the Full Week Experience, visit our website.

For more information visit or email Sharon Short at .
DeadlinesApproaching Registration Deadlines
The deadlines to register for this summer's Antioch Writers' Workshop are fast approaching. Here's a rundown of the days you don't want to miss! 

FRIDAY, MAY 31 -- Young Writers Program   
The students in the Young Writers' program develop their craft, learn from outstanding mentors, create long-lasting friendships, and make a nice addition to their college applications. The program is a great a way to help develop the next generation of creative writers of fiction, poetry and nonfiction, and we're excited to again offer this program. READ MORE

SUNDAY, JUNE 9 -- Full Week Experience 
This year's Full Week Experience includes all morning classes, your choice of afternoon seminar, and perks not available to A La Carte registrants including individual pitch sessions with visiting agents, lunch opportunities with faculty, an evening participant reading, one-on-one manuscript consultations (for additional small fee), and a reduced cost for the Saturday Seminar.

Afternoon Seminar spots are filling fast, so register for the Full-Week Experience soon!

TUESDAY, JULY 2 -- A La Carte Options
Registration for A La Carte Options Deadline is July 2.  While we'd love for you to attend the Full Week Antioch Writers' Workshop (and we know you'd like to, too), sometimes a full week commitment just doesn't fit a writer's schedule.

Antioch Writers' Workshop's A La Carte Options (all held at Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs, Ohio), are designed for writers who are testing the writing waters, writers who are looking for a quick dose of inspiration, writers who don't have a full week available to attend the full conference, or writers who want to try a portion of the workshop before committing to attending for the full week in a future year.

A La Carte options include the Saturday Seminar, Morning Only Classes, Afternoon "Focus on Form" Seminar, and the John Grogan Master Class. Register for A La Carte Options today!
YoungYoung Writers Program Deadline -- May 31
The deadline to enter the Young Writers' Program is Friday, May 31. The program offers an opportunity for young writers (those entering 10th-12th grades in fall 2013, or ages 15-18) to attend the workshop held at Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs, July 6-12.
Young writers must submit three pages of creative writing and a letter of recommendation from a teacher, librarian, coach or youth program leader, to the workshop by May 29. Selected writers receive an AWW Young Writers' Scholarship in the amount of $375.00, reducing the total cost of attending to $300.00 for a full week of writing classes, a special writing seminar, and lunches all provided by Dayton Daily News sponsors.
Trudy Krisher
Trudy Krisher
The Young Writers' program includes attendance to the workshop's morning classes with all participants and the Young Writers' Afternoon Seminar led by Trudy Krisher, award winning author of several Young Adult novels including 
Spite FencesUncommon Faith and Fallout. During the seminar, selected writers will work on individual projects and develop their creative writing craft.

This opportunity is limited to 12 participants and open to students who live in the Ohio counties of Greene, Miami, Montgomery, Clark, Clinton, Fayette, Madison and Warren.

Accepted applicants will be notified shortly after May 29. To apply or for more information about the program, please visit the Young Writers page at or email
Check out what former AWW Young Writers had to say about last year's program.
Second Sunday Free Writers' Workshop -- May 19
Antioch Writers' Workshop and Books & Co are offering the next Free Writers' Workshop on May 19, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Books & Co at The Greene. The workshop, "Improv for Introverts," presented by Black Box Theatre Group will help writers apply improv techniques to overcome fears about writing and create great characters and scenes.

The Black Box Theatre Group brings the Chicago born performance art to Dayton as long form improv, a "completely improvised one act play, complete with multiple characters each with unique relationships often intertwining in ways that seem like they were written ahead of time." You can read more about Black Box Theatre Group on their website.

Join Black Box Theatre Group to learn more about how improv can help your writing at Books & Co at The Green on May 19 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 6-12, 2013 in partnership with Antioch University Midwest and with support from the Ohio Arts Council.
What's to Come in June
Be on the lookout for more from the Antioch Writers' Workshop as we prepare for what is shaping up to be a spectacular week in July. This June, we will announce scholarship winners, the evening reading schedule, and more about A La Carte programs. 

We encourage you to also follow our blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts for future updates and insights from this summer's faculty. Hope to see you soon! #AWWsummer2013

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