Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Introducing Morning Fiction Instructor Tara Ison

Tara Ison

Tara Ison is the author of the novels The List (Scribner), A Child out of Alcatraz (Faber & Faber, Inc.), a Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Rockaway (Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press), featured as one of the "Best Books of Summer" in OThe Oprah Magazine, July 2013. Her forthcoming books are Reeling Through Life, a collection of essays, and Ball, a short story collection, from Counterpoint/Soft Skull Press.

Her short fiction, essays, poetry and book reviews have appeared in Tin HouseThe Kenyon ReviewThe, Black ClockTriQuarterly, PMS: poemmemoirstoryPublisher's Weekly, The Week magazine, The Mississippi ReviewLA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, and numerous anthologies. She is also the co-writer of the cult movie Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead.

She is the recipient of a 2008 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship and a 2008 COLA Individual Artist Grant, as well as multiple Yaddo fellowships, a Rotary Foundation Scholarship for International Study, a Brandeis National Women's Committee Award, a Thurber House Fiction Writer-in-Residence Fellowship, the Simon Blattner Fellowship from Northwestern University, and a California Arts Council Artists' Fellowship Award.

Ison received her MFA in Fiction & Literature from Bennington College. She has taught creative writing at Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Goddard College, Antioch University Los Angeles, and UC Riverside Palm Desert's MFA in Creative Writing program. She is currently Assistant Professor of Fiction at Arizona State University. Learn more about her at 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dayton Daily News / AWW Scholarship Deadline April 28

Time is running out to apply for the Dayton Daily News / AWW Scholarship!

The AWW is providing scholarships to this summer's workshop as prizes for the contest's top writers.

Top awards: Best in Show from either teen or adult categories will win a full scholarship to the Summer Program, July 12-18. First place in teen and in adult wins a $125 scholarship toward the Summer Program. First-place winner of the youth category will receive a $25 gift certificate to Books & Co.

The best in show and first-place winners will be featured in an article in the Dayton Daily News. Other top winners will be listed in the Dayton Daily News.

Top winning entries will be published on and on the workshop's site.

Genre: Fiction only. No memoirs or essays.

Length: 1,800-word maximum.

Entries: Stories must be original and unpublished. Writers may submit only one story. Stories must be typed, double-spaced and stapled in the upper left corner. No binders. Hard copies only. Manuscripts will not be returned. Because of the volume, we cannot confirm receipt of individual entries over the phone.

Cover page: Each entry must have a cover page with title, writer's name, age, full address, email address and daytime, evening and cellphone numbers.

Age categories: Youth (12 years old and younger); Teen (13 to 18 years old); and Adult (19 and older). Entrants must live in the Dayton Daily News circulation area.

Deadline: Entries must be postmarked by April 28, 2014.

Entry fees: None.

Mail entries to: Dayton Daily News/Antioch Writers' Workshop Creative Writing Contest, c/o Antioch University Midwest, 900 Dayton St., Yellow Springs, OH 45387. Winners will be notified around May 3.

For more information, email or

Friday, April 18, 2014

Introducing Summer Keynote Speaker -- Andre Dubus III

Andre Dubus III 
photo by 
Marion Ettlinger

The Antioch Writers' Workshop is pleased to announce author Andre Dubus III as the 2014 Antioch Writers' Workshop Keynote Speaker and Morning Creative Writing Craft Class instructor.

Andre Dubus III is the author of five books: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days, and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors Choice". It was named on many "Top Non-fiction Books of 2011" lists, including The New York Times, Publishers Weekly, The Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Esquire magazine. His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994 and The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999, and his novel, House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly.

Mr. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, The Pushcart Prize, and he is a 2012 recipient of an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.

His newest book, Dirty Love, was published in the fall of 2013. Learn more about him at

Registration for Full-Week and A La Carte options for 29th Annual Summer Workshop July 12-18, 2014 is now available on our website.

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