Sunday Free Writers' Seminars

Antioch Writers' Workshop offers free mini-workshops on a variety of creative writing topics the second Sunday of most months (adjusted for holidays), 2:00-3:30, at Books & Co. at The Greene in Beavercreek, Ohio. PLEASE NOTE: Occasionally we have to adjust the time in consideration of Books & Co. events; please check our Facebook page,, to verify dates, times, and programming.

These workshops are designed to provide participants with a brief introduction to a creative writing topic. Since January, 2011, we've covered topics such as how to set writing goals, how to use social networking to promote your writing, how to research subject matter for your writing projects, how to infuse romance into your writing (no matter your genre), how to apply poetry writing techniques to all kinds of writing, and more.

Please note that we do not hold these mini-workshops in December (due to the holidays) and in June, July, or August (due to our major event of the year--our Annual Summer Program).

No reservations are required for the Sunday Free Writers' Seminars, but expressed intention to attend is appreciated. Call Books & Co at The Greene at 937-429-6302 or email

Upcoming 2014/2015 Schedule:

October 12, 2014, 2:00-3:30, "NaNoWriMo Primer," led by Katrina Kittle.

Think you can write a novel in a month?

NaNoWriMo thinks you can! NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, which is held November of every year, and was started by the NaNoWriMo organization. The challenge is to write a decent 50,000 word draft in just one month. Later, revise, refine, and edit your work into a polished novel. Many published novelists have started in just this way!

Still, writing a novel--even a beginning draft--in just one month seems daunting to most writers.

AWW is here to help. Our first FREE Writer's Mini-Workshop will feature author Katrina Kittle ( and give you the steps and tools to prepare for getting the most our of NaNoWriMo.

Join Katrina, author of award-winning novels such as "The Blessings of the Animals" and "The Kindness of Strangers" on October 12, 2:00 p.m., at Books & Co. at The Greene in Beavercreek, Ohio. She'll lead our session, "NaNoWriMo Primer."

November 16--"Getting Past the No," led by Tim Waggoner.
As a writer, what are the tips and techniques for dealing with the inevitable, but dreaded, rejection slip? How can writers develop the thick skin the publishing world demands... and learn to see that 'no' isn't personal? What are some steps for keeping going, even when feeling, let's face it, a bit of despair when wondering who wants to read one's work?

Tim Waggoner has faced these questions time and again as a writer... and gone on to publish numerous stories and novels.

He wrote his first story at the age of five, when he created a comic book version of King Kong vs. Godzilla on a stenographer's pad. It took him a few more years until he began selling professionally, though. Overall, he has published close to thirty novels and three short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among other publications. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program. Learn more about Tim at

December--No mini-seminars... enjoy the holidays!
January 11--"Metaphor and Imagery"

February 8--"Demystifying Social Networking for Writers," led by social marketing expert and published nonfiction author Ashley Bethard.
March 8--"AWW Summer Program: Everything You Need To Know!" led by AWW staff and board members.
April 12--"Write a Poem for Poetry Month," led by published poet Julie Moore
May 17--"Sustainable Inspiration (or, Inspiration vs. Perspiration."

Past Free Sunday Mini-Workshops

November 6, 2011--Published author and Sinclair Community College instructor Becky Morean will lead a session on "Finding Your Voice," for all types and levels of writers. This is perfect for writers wishing wanting to learn techniques to let their unique perspectives shine through in their writing.

December 2011--No mini-workshop; enjoy the holidays!

January 8, 2011--Published authors Kristina McBride (The Tension of Opposites) and Katrina Kittle (Reasons to be Happy) will lead a session on "How To Write For Middle Grade/Young Adult Readers."

February 12, 2012--Select Antioch Writers' Workshop staff, faculty, and trustees will be on hand to give a preview of the upcoming Genre Saturday Seminar (March 31) and the 27th Annual Summer Workshop (July 7-13). The session will include information on the application process for a wide variety of scholarships that cover up to as much as the cost of attending. AWW staff, faculty and trustees will be prepared to answer questions about the workshops as well as provide information on the new B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing at Antioch University Midwest (an AWW partner).

March 11, 2012--Playwriting with Michael London. Ever thought your ideas and stories would translate well to the stage? Join Michael London, playwright and novelist, as he shares tips and how-to's for crafting plays that audiences will love! Michael received his BA and MA in creative writing and studied theatre at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has had plays produced in the U.S. and overseas and written plays under commission. He recently completed a novel, Dearest, and edited a new publication of Jane Austen's Lady Susan. He is currently scheduling readings of new plays and outlining his next novel. He has worked with the Artists in Residency program at Ohio Arts Council for over 25 years. Additionally, Michael creates three- dimensional novels, which allows him to incorporate his writing and visual arts skills into one project; learn more about this work at

April 22, 2012--(in honor of National Poetry Month!)--Using Poetic Techniques--for Fiction, Nonfiction... and Poetry. Led by David Lee Garrison, whose work—poetry, criticism, and translations—has appeared in journals such as Connecticut Review, Poem, The Literary Review, and The Nation, and in various anthologies. His chapbook Inside the Sound of Rain came out in 1997 and his translation of a book by Spanish poet Pedro Salinas, Certain Chance, was published in 2000 by Bucknell University Press. His co-edited anthology of work by various American poets titled O Taste and See: Food Poems, won the Anthology of the Year Award for 2004 from Pudding House Press. His most recent book is Sweeping the Cemetery (Browser Books). Two poems from that collection were featured on Garrison Keillor's radio program, The Writer's Almanac, and another one was choreographed and presented on stage by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company.

May 20, 2012--Freelancing Nonfiction Articles--Led by Ron Rollins, Associate Editor of the Dayton Daily News.

June-August, 2012, No mini-workshops; enjoy attending the 27th Annual Summer Workshop and/or attend our faculty readings!

September 9, 2012--Getting past the “No” (what to avoid when submitting for publication, including formatting guidelines, common grammar errors, and cover letters). Led by Ashley Bethard, editor, Funcoast Magazine and

October 14, 2012--Fiction Writing Basics: Prepping for NaNoWriMo... National Novel Writing Month. Led by Greg Belliveau, published novelist and short story writer.

November 18, 2012----November 18, 2012: Alternate Paths to Publishing--led by Tonya Kappes, international best-selling self-published author and David Braughler, Publishing Adviser, Greyden Press LLC in Dayton, Ohio

December, 2012 and January, 2013--No mini-workshop; enjoy the holidays!
--Feb. 17, 2013—“2013 AWW Programs.” This will be led by a panel of instructors/board members/past participants from AWW. We are currently getting confirmations from panelists; no need to list specific names. We will review upcoming “Writing For Young Readers” March 30 Spring Seminar, the 28th Annual Full Week Workshop (July 6-13), and our 2nd Annual Fall Retreat (Nov. 1-3), answer audience questions, and have information about registration, scholarships, programming and more!

--March 10, 2013—“Self-editing/Grammar Boot camp!” Need help polishing your manuscript (fiction or nonfiction) for submission to a publication, agent, or contest? Our “Self-editing/Grammar Boot camp” will give you the tips you need to simplify the process… and maybe even make it fun! Led by Kate Geiselman, Sinclair Community College Instructor of English, and Rebecca Kuder, Antioch University Midwest Instructor of Creative Writing.

--April 14, 2013—“Celebrate National Poetry Month!” Review poetry techniques to improve your poetry writing… start poetry writing for the first time… or apply poetry techniques to add sparkle and energy in your fiction or nonfiction. Led by Jaime Dunham.

--May 19, 2013—“Improv for Introverts!” Writers are, often, introverts. But writers are also a creative lot. And sometimes the best way to share that creativity is with a reading of their work at bookstores or coffee shops, in a pitch to agents/editors, or in speaking to groups. What’s an introverted writer to do? Apply the techniques of Improv! (Improv techniques are also a unique, fun way to unleash creativity, brainstorm characters and generate stories!) Led by members of Dayton’s own The Black Box Improv theatre (!

September 8, 2013: Writing Dynamite Dialogue--Led by Novelist Tim Waggoner. Do you yearn to make your dialogue come alive, move plot, reveal character... all while reading naturally? Do you have questions about writing dialogue--whether it's how to format, or how to use dialogue to make your characters come alive, or what to avoid in writing dialogue? Join us for the FREE mini-seminar as Tim Waggoner steps us through the tools and techniques of writing dialogue!

Tim has published close to thirty novels and three short story collections, and his articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest and Writers’ Journal, among other publications. He teaches creative writing at Sinclair Community College and in Seton Hill University’s Master of Fine Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program.

October 20, 2013: Writing your life: Journaling--do you already journal... or are you thinking about journaling? How can you use this writing technique for personal growth and/or to help deepen and improve your creative writing efforts? Join us to find out!

November 10, 2013: Writing the Personal Essay/Memoir--We all have experiences that make great stories and that, shared through an essay or memoir, can help our readers on their own personal journeys. What are the best ways to craft those experiences into essays or a full-length memoir... and once you've done so, how do you find publishers and readers to share them with? This mini-seminar will explore these questions and more!

December, 2013: No mini-seminar this month. Enjoy the holidays!

January 12, 2014: Setting Writing Goals/the business of writing--Alright, you've had enough of a break! Join us at this session to set your writing goals for the year... and get down to business. How do you organize your time, find publishers, avoid scams, manage the financials of writing as either an avocation or vocation? This mini-seminar will get you organized and motivated on all of those fronts!

February 9, 2014: Writing Flash Fiction--A story well-told in 500 words or so... or LESS!... is an accomplishment for the writer and a treat for readers. This sub-genre of story writing is also growing more and more in popularity and provides plenty of opportunities for submitting to journals. At this seminar, you'll learn the tips and techniques of writing super-short fiction... in a flash! Led by Scott Geisel, published short story writer and professor of English at Wright State University.

March 9, 2014: The Who, What, When of the 29th Annual AWW Summer Program (including Scholarship information!)--Oh yes, it's that time again... to learn about how YOU can get the most out of our crown-jewel program, our annual week-long summer event! No matter your budget (options to attend start at FREE, and we have several generous scholarship programs)... or your expertise level (just starting out? Great! Ready to submit your work to agents and editors? Great! Somewhere in between? Also great!)... our summer program has something for you, wherever you are on the writing journey. Come find out how you can be a part of this phenomenal experience at this quick-paced, warm, supportive, and even at times FUNNY info session.

April 13, 2014: Celebrate National Poetry Month with A Poem in your Pocket--You say you've never written a poem? By the end of this session, you'll have created your first poem! You say you're an experienced poet? By the end of this session, you'll have a whole new poem to share... and have celebrated national poetry month with fellow poetry lovers! Why not come create a poem to tuck in your pocket... so much more fun than loose change, old paperclips and used tissues! This will be led by Grace Curtis, whose chapbook, The Surly Bonds of Earth was selected by Stephen Dunn as the 2010 winner of the Lettre Sauvage chapbook contest. Her first full length collection, The Shape of a Box will be out in May from Dos Madres Press. Grace’s work has been nominated for a Push Cart award and has appeared in such journals as Baltimore Review, Waccamaw Literary Journal, Scythe, Reprint Poetry, and Phoebe Journal. When she’s not writing, she works for The Antioch Review. Her website is

May 18, 2014: Nature Writing--As spring segues into summer, we all feel drawn to enjoy the outdoors more and more. And of course, as writers, we're tempted to write about those encounters with nature! In this workshop, we will explore how we might use nature in our writing, how we can gather information about nature, and with whom we would like to share our work. This session will be led by Bill Felker, who has been writing nature columns and almanacs for regional and national publications since 1984. His Poor Will’s Almanack has appeared as an annual publication since 2003 and he hosts a weekly segment by the same name on WYSO, the NPR radio station in Yellow Springs. Exploring everything from animal husbandry to phenology, Felker has become well known to farmers as well as urban readers throughout the country. He is an occasional speaker on the environment at nature centers, churches and universities, and he has presented papers related to almanacking at academic conferences, as well. Felker has received three awards for his almanac writing from the Ohio Newspaper Association. "Better writing cannot be found in America's biggest papers," stated the judge on the occasion of Felker’s award in 2000.