SWI News


Summer Writing Institute Gets Rave Reviews

The weeklong Antioch Summer Writing Institute was capped off by a lively reading on Friday night, August 2, by special guest author Ron Carlson, bestselling novelist and short story writer (The Signal and Five Skies), who is also Director of … Learn More


Summer Writing Institute Days 4 and 5 – Still Going Strong

The Antioch Summer Writing Institute has continued through the week with participants immersing themselves deeper into their chose genres, and faculty and guest speakers sharing their expertise. Wednesday, July 31, proved relatively light, with the regular morning workshops from 9:00 … Learn More

SWI Josh Convise & Marcia Meier

Summer Writing Institute Days 2-3 Recap

The first two full days of AUSB’s Summer Writing Institute were filled with joy, creativity, laughter, discovery, camaraderie, enlightenment and many touching moments. After connecting over a continental breakfast each morning, the participants and faculty headed to their five respective … Learn More


Day 1 – Antioch’s First Summer Writing Institute Off to a Great Start

Sunday evening, July 29, the students, faculty, and advisory board of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s first Summer Writing Institute (SWI) were welcomed by Director Marcia Meier, AUSB President Dr. Nancy Leffert, and Board Chair Victoria Riskin for drinks and dinner … Learn More


Antioch’s Summer Writing Institute to Host Readings by Stellar Writers in a Variety of Genres – Apply Today!

Only registered participants of AUSB’s Summer Writing Institute (SWI) will have the envious opportunity to study the craft of writing in a chosen genre with an award-winning author for one entire week, and attend two industry panels on “How to … Learn More


Writing Mysteries From the Inside Out

Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of the Mas Arai mystery series, which features a Japanese-American gardener and atomic-bomb survivor who solves crimes.  Nominated also for Macavity and Anthony awards, the novels in the series include Summer of the … Learn More


Taking in the Limelight

Cheri Steinkellner has won four Emmys, two Golden Globes, the People’s Choice, BAFTA, Writers Guild Award and a TV-Land Legend Award for writing and producing television’s “Cheers” and the Disney animated series and feature film, “Teacher’s Pet,” a 2011 Tony-nominee for Best Book of … Learn More


John Pielmeier: Adapting For The Screen

John Pielmeier began his career as an actor, working at Actors Theater of Louisville, The Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Rep, Alaska Rep, Baltimore’s Center Stage, and the O’Neill National Playwrights’ Conference. It was at the O’Neill that his play “Agnes of … Learn More


Reserve Your Hotel for Antioch’s Summer Writing Institute Soon!

Summer is approaching fast and as we gear up for the brilliant sunshine that Santa Barbara promises, we want to remind you that reservations with our hotel blocks need to be made soon. Antioch has reserved a limited number of … Learn More


5 Reasons You Can’t Miss The Antioch Summer Writing Institute:

 1. Small Groups: there is a maximum of only 10 people per workshop, giving you the opportunity to work very closely with workshop leaders.  2. Accomplished, high-caliber faculty. All of the workshop leaders are successful authors and screenwriters.  3. Special … Learn More


Bruce Hale: From Acting and Singing to Writing for Kids

Bruce Hale has written and illustrated more than 25 books for kids. His Underwhere series includes Prince of Underwhere and Pirates of Underwhere. His Chet Gecko Mysteries series includes The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse, The Big Nap, The Malted Falcon, Hiss … Learn More


Gail Tsukiyama: Poet, Novelist, Teacher

Gail Tsukiyama is the author of seven novels, the most recent of which is A Hundred Flowers. She was born in San Francisco to a Chinese mother and a Japanese father and attended San Francisco State University, where she received … Learn More


Partial Scholarships Now Available for Qualified Summer Writing Institute Participants

We are pleased to announce the availability of ten President’s Access Grants for qualified participants of AUSB’s Summer Writing Institute (SWI). These partial scholarships will provide a 20% reduction of the $975 fee, allowing grant recipients to attend for only … Learn More


Maureen Murdock: Make a Commitment to Your Writing and Show Up

Maureen Murdock is an author, educator, Jungian-oriented psychotherapist and photographer. Author of the bestselling book, The Heroine’s Journey, Maureen conducts workshops on memoir writing and personal myth. She combines her interest in the mysterious workings of the psyche with a study … Learn More


Barbara Samuel: From Romance to Women’s Fiction, Winning Awards All the Way

Barbara Samuel is a multiple RITA award-winning author with more than 38 books to her credit in a variety of genres. She has written historical and contemporary romances and a number of fantasy novellas with the likes of Susan Wiggs, … Learn More

Diana Raab nonfiction writer

Diana M. Raab: Gift of a Childhood Journal Launched Her Writing Passion

Diana M. Raab is a memoirist, essayist and poet. She has a B.S. in Health Administration and Journalism, and an RN degree from Vanier College in Montreal, in addition to an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Spalding University’s Low-Residency Program. … Learn More