WHY IS THE WORKSHOP ENDING?
“The workshop has a tremendous legacy, but it’s no longer financially sustainable,” said TJ Turner, president of Antioch’s all-volunteer board of trustees and author of three novels, in a news release.
“Our enrollment for the weeklong summer program — the lifeblood of our operation — has declined in recent years. Private support and grants have not made up the difference, so the board, taking its fiduciary responsibility seriously, made the difficult decision to discontinue programs.”
Two years ago, the workshop entered into a partnership with the University of Dayton, which provided classroom and office space. During this time, the workshop maintained its independent 501c3 non-profit status. Its budget relied on registration fees, grants and fundraising.
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The workshop was formerly aligned with Antioch University Midwest from 2009 to 2016. It was founded in 1986 and incorporated in 1991.
“We’re grateful for the support of UD and all of our partners throughout our proud history,” Turner said in the news release. “We’re particularly appreciative of the tireless work of Sharon Short, who directed the workshop for a decade; Cyndi Pauwels, who served as assistant director; and all the faculty who taught and mentored writers. You have made a difference.”
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The Antioch Writers’ Workshop began in 1986 with a summer program at Antioch College serving writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction in the region and from across the United States. AWW became a 501c3 non-profit in 1991, holding summer programs at Antioch College, Antioch University Midwest, and various locations in Yellow Springs, as well as other programs at Books & Co. at The Greene in Dayton and retreats throughout Ohio.
Authors who have taught at the workshop and speakers have included luminaries such as Joyce Carole Oates, Sue Grafton, William Least Heat Moon, Elizabeth Strout, Roxane Gay, John Grogan, Nikki Giovanni, Connie Schultz and Ralph Keyes.