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.
From 2009-2016, AWW was presented in partnership with Antioch University Midwest (AUM).
In 2017, AWW entered into a partnership with the University of Dayton, and is formally known as The Antioch Writers' Workshop at the University of Dayton. The University of Dayton provides in-kind space--a physical office, mailing address, and space for the Spring one-day seminar and Summer week-long event. Other benefits include availability of the summer program to students at institutions in SOCHE (Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education). The availability of on-campus lodging is a bonus for participants coming to the summer full-week program from out of town. Learn more about this exciting new chapter in the workshop's history here.
AWW Keynote Speakers: 1986—John Frederick Nims 1987—Judson Jerome 1988—Mark Harris 1989—Allan W. Eckert 1990—Ellen Gilchrist 1991—William Zinsser 1992—William Least Heat-Moon 1993—Joyce Carol Oates 1994—John Jakes 1995—Sue Grafton 1996—Virginia Hamilton 1997—Melissa Fay Greene 1998—Natalie Goldberg 1999—Ralph Keyes 2000—Linda Barnes 2001—William Least Heat-Moon 2002—Sena Jeter Naslund 2003—Nicholas Delbanco 2004—Kathy Hogan Trocheck (aka Mary Kay Andrews) 2005—Sue Grafton 2006—Larry Beinhart 2007—Elizabeth Strout 2008—Myla Goldberg 2009—Zakes Mda 2010—Sigrid Nunez 2011--Nancy Pickard 2012--John Grogan 2013--Lee Martin 2014--Andre Dubus III 2015—Nikki Giovanni 2016—Roxane Gay 2017--John Scalzi