The Antioch Writers’ Workshop (AWW) was initiated by Antioch College, which put out a call for ideas on ways to use the campus effectively in the summer. Two retired professors, Judson Jerome, a well-known poet, and William Baker, an experienced college administrator, dean, and teacher, answered the call in 1986 and began the AWW. From the beginning, the workshop created a community of writers who mingled faculty and students informally throughout the day as well as during classes and seminars. Our mission was to encourage good writing, and we organized a summer week-long workshop as well as (in some years) a one-day fall workshop.
In 1991, a group formed a board of trustees and reorganized to sponsor the summer AWW using the college as fiscal agent; then in 1993, formed its own 501(C)(3) nonprofit entity. AWW has brought many well-known and talented writers to Ohio over the years, including Sue Grafton, Ellen Gilchrist, William Least Heat-Moon, Joyce Carol Oates, Melissa Fay Greene, Natalie Goldberg, Sena Jeter Naslund, and Nicholas Delbanco. AWW has also highlighted prominent Ohio authors, including Allan W. Eckert, John Jakes, and Virginia Hamilton.
Starting in 2009, AWW is presented in partnership with Antioch University Midwest (AUM).
AWW Keynote Speakers
1986—John Frederick Nims
1989—Allan W. Eckert
1992—William Least Heat-Moon
1993—Joyce Carol Oates
1997—Melissa Fay Greene
2001—William Least Heat-Moon
2002—Sena Jeter Naslund
2004—Kathy Hogan Trocheck (aka Mary Kay Andrews)
Links to AWW Faculty, Present and Past:
Sena Jeter Naslund
Kathy Trocheck (aka Mary Kay Andrews)