Antioch Writers’ Workshop Returns!

by Ed Davis on July 8, 2015

Invest in Yourself

Beginning this Saturday, July 11, 2015, the Antioch Writer’s Workshop (AWW) begins and continues through Friday, July 17. Including all genres—fiction, nonfiction and poetry— the workshop in Yellow Springs accommodates all levels, from beginner to professional. However, I believe it’s most useful to those who’ve been writing at least for a year or two, meaning they have work-in-progress to share, along with many questions needing answers, such as “How do I move to the next level?” or “How do I get published?”

Options Abound

By going to the workshop’s website, you’ll see that participants have options for doing as much or as little of the workshop as their pocketbooks and schedules will permit. I’m teaching “Imagery and Sensory Language” three times at the Saturday Seminar, the first day of the workshop. A perk of teaching is that I’ll be allowed to attend the wonderful morning classes all week. Plus, my latest novel and poetry collection will be available in the bookstore.

Free Evening Programs

Throughout its long tenure, AWW has always offered its 7:00 p.m. programs to the community for free.  It’s a great way to hear talented workshop faculty and participants read creative work, both published and in-progress—and to network with other writers. Not only are the readings extremely entertaining, but also they could allow you to educate yourself about the marketplace and even discover like-minded writers for a writing group or individual critique. Lives are often changed by this workshop, which includes exposure to working writers.

Here is the week’s schedule of free readings, all of which take place at Antioch University Midwest. *Note: ALL events except Wednesday’s (see below) take place at Antioch University Midwest, 900 Dayton Street, Yellow Springs.

  • Saturday, July 11—Keynote with poet Nikki Giovanni
  • Sunday, July 12–Joanne Smith, Herb Woodward Martin, John Grogan, Laraine Herring
  • Monday, July 13–Faculty readings and Q&A with Michael Nye, Jyotsna Sreenivasan, Kristina McBride, John Kachuba
  • Tuesday, July 14–Faculty readings and Q&A with Robert Boley, Myrna Stone, David B. Coe, Ann Weisgarber
  • Wednesday, July 15–Participants read at The Emporium, 233 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387. Please note that ALL other evening readings are at Antioch University Midwest.
  • Thursday, July 16–Selected Workshop Participants read.


Please note that Antioch University Midwest is a different facility than Antioch College, and sometimes folks get confused by this. Antioch College is a beautiful campus with multiple buildings in the middle of Yellow Springs. Antioch University Midwest is a beautiful campus with one large building on the western edge of Yellow Springs. Here is a link to driving directions to Antioch University Midwest:

Go For It

I’ve participated in AWW almost every year since its inception in 1986. I probably wouldn’t have a writing career without the opportunities afforded me by AWW’s generous faculty, agents, editors and participants. The workshop is well-known for being extremely personal; for example, participants have the opportunity to share meals with faculty.

Perhaps you’ve told yourself that someday you’ll invest in yourself and share your creative work with a larger community. Now’s your chance to take the leap forward! I’d love to see you there.

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