Friday, August 31, 2012

AWW Fall Retreat registration deadline approaching

2012 Antioch Writers' Workshop
Fall Retreat, October 5-7, 2012


Just want to remind you to consider applying to attend our FIRST EVER writing retreat, October 5-7. The deadline to apply is just around the corner... Sept. 10. It's simple to apply... just send 10-20 double spaced pages of your work in progress, and a brief, informal letter about your goals in attending the retreat (we'll use this info to firm up details for the weekend, based on participants' needs.)  

The leaders are supportive, accomplished, helpful pros, and the location is amazing and inspiring. Cost of the full weekend cost is $450 and includes lodging, meals, instruction... everything but travel expenses. That's about the cost of two nights and meals at a standard hotel... but this event is at Grailville, a renowned retreat center, and focuses on YOU, the writer!

Details about that fall writing retreat...

Fall Weekend Writers' Retreat--October 5-7, 2012
Do you yearn for a get-away to focus on your work-in-progress, in an inspiring yet restful setting, while receiving guidance from writing and publishing professionals, so you can return home re-charged and ready to take the next steps on your creative writing path? If so, our Fall 2012 Weekend Writers' Retreat--October 5-7, 2012 may be just what you need!

WHO may attend?
This retreat is designed for writers who have works of fiction (short stories or novels), poetry, 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 fifteen writers will be selected from applicants. (See "How to apply" at bottom of this page for details.)

WHERE will the retreat be HELD?
This event will be held at the beautiful, historic Grailville Retreat Center, Loveland, Ohio.   

WHO will LEAD this retreat?
This retreat will be led by Kevin Haworth and Lynne Hugo.
  • Kevin Haworth is Assistant Professor of English at Ohio University, and Executive Editor, Ohio University Press & Swallow Press. He holds an M.F.A., Fiction Writing, Arizona State University and a B.A., English, Vassar College. His publications include The Discontinuity of Small Things, a novel (Quality Words in Print, 2005); Lit From Within: Contemporary Masters on the Art and Craft of Writing (co-editor with Dinty W. Moore, Ohio University Press, 2011); as well as fiction and non-fiction in Michigan Quarterly Review, Witness, Copper Nickel, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Center, Cold Mountain Review, Swink, Harpur Palate, Juked, Sentence, Another Chicago Magazine, Permafrost, JBooks, Jewish Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, Jewish Education News, Poetica and elsewhere.
  • Lynne Hugo's publications include five novels, most recently Last Rights, one volume of creative non-fiction, two books of poetry and a children's book. A National Endowment For The Arts Fellowship recipient, she has also received repeat individual artists grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Ohio Arts Council. She has taught creative writing through the Ohio Arts Council's renowned Arts in Education program. She holds a Bachelor's degree from Connecticut College, and a Master's from Miami University.

WHAT is the SCHEDULE for the retreat and WHAT will participants DO?
Friday, October 5, 2012
  • 6:00 p.m.--Arrive and check in at Grailville
  • 7:00 p.m.--Ice breakers, creative writing exercises, wine, beverages and snacks provided; small group discussions and one-on-one consultations*
Saturday, October 6, 2012
  • @8:30 a.m.--Breakfast delivered to your door! Write on your own in the inspiring setting of Grailville, drawing on the creativity starters and feedback received on Friday evening.
  • 12:30 p.m.--Lunch provided
  • After lunch until dinner--small group discussions and one-on-one consultations*
  • 6:30 p.m.--Dinner provided
  • Post dinner--participant readings; small group discussions*
Sunday, October 7, 2012
  • @8:30 a.m.--Breakfast delivered to your door! Write on your own, participate in small group discussions and one-on-one consultations*
  • 12:30 p.m.--Lunch and final group gathering
  • 2:00 p.m.--Depart Grailville to return home and apply inspiration, motivation and momentum gained at retreat to your own work-in-progress!
*So what do "small group discussions" and "one-on-one consultations" mean? That will depend on the participants! Rather than set specific topics, we will ask selected participants to identify what THEY want to get out of one-on-one consultations and small group discussions. Discussions about publishing, voice, research, character development? Sure! One-on-one feedback from one of our instructors on a partial manuscript or to simply provide advice/answer questions? Sure! Specifics will be determined from feedback from participants after selection but before the beginning of the retreat.

So... if I'm SELECTED, WHAT will this COST?
For 27th Annual Summer Program participants only, cost is $400.00 TOTAL (a $50 discount as our thanks to you for attending the su--and includes two nights lodging at Grailville, all food catered by Grailville (Friday evening snacks; Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, evening snacks; Sunday breakfast and lunch), and instruction/guidance by Kevin Haworth and Lynne Hugo. Transportation to and from Grailville is not included and must be arranged by participants.

Email with the subject line: Fall 2012 Retreat Application. Attach, as a WORD file, or mail to Antioch Writers' Workshop, c/o Antioch University Midwest, 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, the following TWO documents:
  • a one-page cover letter providing your name, contact information (address, email, phone), and a paragraph or two about where you are on the writing path (what you're working on) and why you want to attend this retreat.
  • a writing sample: between 10 and 20 double spaced pages for nonfiction or fiction OR between 5 and 10 pages of poetry
PLEASE NOTE: Fifteen applicants will be selected by the Antioch Writers' Workshop Scholarship Committee. Applications will be accepted between July 25, 2012 and September 10, 2012. Applicants MUST be over 21 years of age. Applicants will receive a confirmation via email that application has been received within 3 business days of receipt. (For example, if you send your application on a Friday, expect confirmation via email by midnight the following Wednesday. If you do not receive an email confirmation within 3 business days, please re-send application.)
Applicants will receive notification of acceptance or decline by email by September 17, 2012, midnight. PLEASE NOTE: Antioch Writers' Workshop cannot provide feedback on submitted pieces about why application might be declined.

WHAT happens NEXT if I am ACCEPTED to the FALL 2012 RETREAT?
After notification of acceptance by September 17, 2012, you will be invoiced for $400.00 for the fall retreat. This will be due September 24, 2012. $125.00 of this fee is nonrefundable; after September 30, 2012, the entire amount is nonrefundable. You will also receive a detailed questionnaire about your goals/preferences for the small group/one-on-one consultations. If you are planning to have a one-on-one consultation about a manuscript that is different than the one you submitted, it must be no more than 20 double spaced pages for fiction/non-fiction, or 10 pages of poetry, and must be received electronically by September 24, 2012 in order to allow Lynne or Kevin time to review. You will receive a detailed email by October 1, 2012 about the retreat.

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