Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools
In Memory of Lorraine B. Merrill
It is with deep sadness that we announce that our founder, Lorraine B. Merrill, passed away November 22, 2020. When it came to writing, Lorraine possessed a natural talent propelled by a driving passion. It was this, coupled with her love of teaching, that led to the creation of Power of the Pen, a program that has impacted hundreds of thousands of young writers for over 30 years. We extend our condolences to the family and will miss Lorraine deeply.
An endowment fund has been established in memory of Frank and Lorraine Merrill to support young writers participating in Power of the Pen. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Power of the Pen Founders’ Award at the Springfield Foundation at 333 N Limestone Street, Suite 201, Springfield, Ohio 45503.
Lorraine's heartfelt message below to Power of the Pen writers exemplifies her passion for nurturing the talents of young authors throughout Ohio.
I wish I could give you something. The way you have given me so much pleasure over the years with your own words, shaped into stories that make me laugh. Or think. Or feel.
The wisdom in you is old beyond your years.
The child in you is still very much alive.
I wish I could give you something. Some words you can store away in your heart and revisit from time to time. Words that will help you steer your wondrous adventure through life.
Every writer should make friends with a poet. So I shall share with you a poem by Mary Oliver. She is a poet worth befriending.
~ Your friend, Lorraine Merrill
Like Magellan, let us find our islands
Power of the Pen