Thursday, May 23, 2013

Writers' Workshop back again in July

28th Annual Antioch Writers' Workshop
Scheduled for July 6 -12
Featuring a Pulitzer-prize nominated keynoter and fiction instructor, top New York agents, and many other highly successful publishing and writing professionals, the 28th annual summer program of the renowned Antioch Writers' Workshop will help attendees develop their creative writing skills in fiction, poetry and nonfiction, as well as learn how to take the next steps toward publication.

Lee Martin
Lee Martin, Pulitzer-Prize nominated author, to keynote Antioch Writers' Workshop
The deadline to register for the Antioch Writers' Workshop's 28th Annual flagship summer program Full-Week Experience is June 9. The workshop will take place July 6-12 at Antioch University Midwest and various venues in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

The 2013 event commences for Full-Week participants on Saturday, July 6 with a dessert and wine reception and Keynote by Lee Martin, Pulitzer Prize nominated author of "Break the Skin," and wraps up in the evening of Friday, July 12.

The Antioch Writers' Workshop offers tools and inspiration for beginning, intermediate, or advanced writers. Executive Director Sharon Short said, "We work to help writers of all levels obtain the tools and inspiration they need to advance their writing. Whether it's a participant's first or tenth time to the Workshop, new and excited faculty are here to provide the skills and connections for success in the publishing world."

This year's workshop offers a traditional Full-Week Experience and A La Carte options.

The traditional Full-Week experience includes morning classes led by authors Lee Martin, former North Carolina poet laureate Cathy Smith Bowers, and creative nonfiction author Dinty W. Moore. Following these classes, participants break off into smaller afternoon seminars focusing on fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction, led by additional expert faculty including Roxane Gay, Matthew Goodman and many others. At the afternoon seminars, participants share their work for review and feedback, and also receive creative writing guidance. The "Getting Started in Fiction or Nonfiction" afternoon seminar is an option for participants who do not wish to share a manuscript for workshopping.

The Full-Week Experience also includes individual pitch sessions with visiting agents Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary and Hannah Brown Gordon of Foundry Literary + Media. Full-Week participants also enjoy lunch opportunities with faculty, share their work in an evening participant reading, and, for a small additional fee, can take advantage of one-on-one manuscript consultations.

The summer program also offers "A La Carte" options, which enable participants to attend smaller portions of the workshop. These options include a Saturday Seminar, a one-day writing seminar in craft and inspiration, Morning-Only classes, or the Afternoon "Getting Started on Fiction or Nonfiction." The deadline to register for A La Carte Options is July 2.

"The A La Carte options are a tremendous opportunity for writers to test the waters of the workshop before diving in completely," said Communications Coordinator Tobin Terry, who will attend the workshop for the third time this summer. "And, we get it. Not all writers have the time or resources to dedicate the entire week. Flexibility makes these options great for packed schedules and all levels of budget. There's really something for everyone."

2012 Master Class
Antioch Writers'Workshop participants gather for morning classes.
For more information about the Antioch Writers' Workshop, 2013 faculty, and registration information, 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 Yellow Springs Community Foundation; Ohio Arts Council; The Frank Pace, Jr. Foundation; and WYSO (media sponsor).

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