Antioch Writers’ Workshop moves to UD this year with top authors

Saturday, July 8, kicks off the 32nd annual summer program of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop at University of Dayton.

As many readers know, I am the executive director of the workshop, but even if I weren’t, I’d devote a column to it anyway. The workshop, originally started by Antioch College in 1987, and operating as an independent nonprofit organization since 1992, has a long and storied history.

Though remaining an independent nonprofit, this year the workshop transitioned to its new home at University of Dayton, where all of its summer program events will be held July 8-14.

This year's keynoter (July 8, 7 p.m.) and Sunday Morning Creative Writing Craft instructor is John Scalzi, renowned science fiction writer ("Redshirts," "The Collapsing Empire," "The Dispatcher," among other works), Hugo Award-winner, 2016 Ohio Governor's Award for an Individual Artist, and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America — to name a few of his accomplishments. Learn more about him at

Scalzi’s keynote, which is generously sponsored by the Greene County Public Library, will be delivered at University of Dayton in the Kennedy Union in the Ballroom. (Park in lot B and follow the signs.) The keynote is free and open to the public.

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Additionally, the summer program includes readings by this year’s workshop faculty. These readings are also free and open to the public thanks to support from the Ohio Arts Council, and held at 7 p.m. at University of Dayton in the Science Center, Lecture Hall Room 114. (Park in lot B and follow the signs).

• Sunday, July 9: Readings by Lori Rader-Day, Susan Pohlman, Tim Waggoner and Julie L. Moore.

Monday, July 10: Readings by Jamey Dunham, Crystal Wilkinson, and Kristina McBride.

Tuesday, July 11: Readings by Matthew Goodman, Janet Irvin, and Kathy Fagan.

Wednesday, July 12: Participants' Open Mic Night.

Thursday, July 13: Readings by selected participants.

A Q&A with authors, book sales and signings will follow the keynote and the readings. Learn more about the authors at

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Attendees are writers who want to learn more about the creative writing craft and make connections in the creative writing community; many are from the region, but a good percentage are from across the country (and in some years, from around the world.)

Though registration for the Full Week program is closed, those interested in attending the following programs "A La Carte" may register at through Wednesday July 5:

One day "Saturday Seminar" focusing on "Building Blocks for Your BEST Writing," led by author and Writer's Digest editor Jessica Strawser and local authors Dave Essinger, Jeff Marks, and Trudy Krisher, July 8, 8:30-4:30 p.m.

Creative Writing Craft session, sponsored by Greene County Public Library, led by John Scalzi — Sunday, July 9, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. (followed by book signing)

Morning Only classes, which includes Scalzi's Sunday session as well as poetry, fiction, nonfiction and professional skills for writers led by a variety of faculty on Monday, July 10 – Friday, July 14, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Afternoon Only "Getting Started" class, led by area author Jamey Dunham, which includes John's Sunday session as well as the afternoon seminar Sunday, July 9-Friday July 14, 2:30-5 p.m.

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All of the above classes will be held at University of Dayton, with location details provided upon registration.

In addition to its partnership with University of Dayton, grant support from Ohio Arts Council, and 2017 keynote/craft class sponsorship from Greene County Public Library, Antioch Writers’ Workshop at University of Dayton receives support and sponsorship from WYSO 91.3 FM, Books & Co. at The Greene, and Dayton restaurants Butter Café, Dewey’s Pizza, Milano’s and Old Scratch Pizza.

And on a personal note: I hope to see you at the keynote and/or free evening readings! The Antioch Writers’ Workshop at University of Dayton has long been a major part of my own literary life, and I hope you’ll make it part of yours, too.

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