Sharon joined AWW as its director in 2009, after a long relationship with the workshop, first as a participant in 1990, later as a first-book speaker, then as guest speaker and summer faculty member for several years. Sharon is the author of the literary novel My One Square Inch of Alaska (Penguin Plume) , two mystery series, and a collection of humorous essays. She is the two-time recipient of an Ohio Arts Council individual artist's grant (2012 and 2016), a Montgomery County (Ohio) Arts & Cultural District Literary Artist Fellowship, and was the 2014 John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence at Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. Her screenplay adaptation of her literary novel has won several awards at film festival competitions, including as a selection and "Audience Pleaser Award" at the 2016 Female Eye Film Festival in Toronto. Sharon is also the Literary Life columnist for the Dayton Daily News, an adjunct instructor at Seton Hill University, and is part of a fiction manuscript consulting group, "The Write Sisters." Learn more about Sharon at www.sharonshort.com.
Assistant Director, Cyndi Pauwels Cyndi joined AWW as its assistant director in 2014. Cyndi, writing as C.L. Pauwels, is the author of Forty and Out, a mystery novel published by Deadly Writes Publishing, and its sequel, Burned Bridges, from Crossroad Press. She is also the author of a book of nonfiction, Historic Warren County, as well as of numerous stories, essays and articles. She is an adjunct instructor of English at Clark State Community College, and teaches online creative writing classes for Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona. Learn more about Cyndi at http://.clpauwels.com
Communications Director (Emeritus), Tobin Terry Tobin was on staff with the workshop from 2011-2014, and continues to work year-round with Cyndi and Sharon as a volunteer, focusing on new initiatives and as Workfellow-in-Chief at the Summer program. Tobin is an Assistant Professor of English at Lakeland Community College. He spent most of his life in Northeast Ohio, where he graduated the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts Program. A poet in his own right, Tobin is Editor of the Chagrin River Review.
Bookkeeper, Maggie Whitaker Maggie works with staff and board to help keep track of all things budget-wise for the workshop, which she does with charm, efficiency and humor. Thank you, Maggie!