The mission of the Mad Anthony Writers Conference is to support writers and readers by hosting bona fide experts to instruct and inspire writers in all phases of their career or hobby; to promote reading to the public as a form of entertainment; and to support local literacy efforts. Now in its eleventh year, Mad Anthony has donated over $55,000 to the YWCA, Boys & Girls Club, and other literacy programs.
The first Mad Anthony Writers Conference was held in April, 2006, in Hamilton, Ohio, in southwest Ohio. It was founded by Victoria Ryan and Deanne Devine, two Hamilton authors with the help of Linda Keller, then manager of Barnes & Noble Booksellers in West Chester, Ohio. Miami University Hamilton became a major sponsor in 2007. 501(c) 3 nonprofit status was obtained in 2011. The organization is entirely operated by volunteers. See FAQ for information on our name.
The nature of the Mad Anthony Writers Conference is a small town conference with big name speakers. We cap the number of attendees at one-hundred to maintain an attendee-friendly, accessible feeling. Our workshops are suitable for beginner and intermediate level writers, and our Appointments with speakers, agents, editors, and publishers provide valuable experience and feedback that workshops and how-t0-write books cannot provide. Our smaller size also enhances networking; making writing friends, forming critique groups, and just meeting others who understand your goals and passions.
Satisfaction with the Mad Anthony Writers Conference has been consistently positive. Based on a 5-point scale with 4.50 or higher considered Excellent, the Mad Anthony Writers Conference has been rated Excellent every year—by both attendees and speakers.
Beginning with the 2016 April Conference the program was scaled down in length and frills but NOT in quality–to Friday evening and 9-4 Saturday from 2-3 days, to one workshop at a time from a choice of four workshops at each time slot, and an informal lunch instead of a luncheon or reception. Our popular day of Murder & Mayhem and our three-hour Master Classes will not be held on the conference weekend in 2016 but may be scheduled for another time.