Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Lake Erie Region

Including Ashtabula, Geauga, Lake, and Southeast Cuyahoga and Northern Summit Counties

Regional Director:
Barb Tschantz
(330) 704-1436

Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis. Register for one District event only.

District and regional tournaments are online in 2021-2022. Host schools provide support for tournaments, but events do not take place at the host school.

Lake Erie District 1
Saturday, January 8, 2022

Lake Erie College
Coordinator: Dr. Elizabeth Walsh-Moorman


Lake Erie District 2
Saturday, January 29, 2022
University School
Coordinator: Charlie Oberndorf

Qualifiers from both events will advance to the Lake Erie Regional Tournament virtually hosted by:

Hudson Middle School
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Coordinator: Mike Fejes

Who’s Going

Lake Erie District 1:
Lake Erie College

Andrews Osborne Academy
Berkshire Jr/Sr High School
Chagrin Falls Middle School
Chardon Middle School
Conneaut Middle School
Cornerstone Christian Academy
Fairport Harding High School
Heritage Middle School
Kenston Middle School
Kirtland Middle School
Perry Middle School
Shore Middle School
St. Joan of Arc
St. John School
West Geauga Middle School
Windham Junior High School

positions available

Lake Erie District 2:
University School

Ballard Brady Middle School
Beachwood Middle School
Communion of Saints
Gross Schechter Day School
Hudson Middle School
Mandel JDS
Mayfield Middle School
Memorial Middle School
Notre Dame Elementary
Revere Middle School
Ruffing Montessori School
Shaker Heights Middle School
Solon Middle School
St. Anselm
The Ratner School
University School

4 positions available

Barb Tschantz

Barb serves as Executive Director of Power of the Pen. She has been involved with Power of the Pen since 2009 as a judge, coach, tab room supervisor, and regional director, recently managing tournaments throughout Northern Ohio. Barb is a former instructor of middle childhood reading and writing in Kent State University’s School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies and a former English teacher at Lake Middle School in Hartville. She also serves on the leadership council of the National Writing Project at Kent State University.

After more than a decade of experience with Power of the Pen, Barb remains in awe of the creativity and wisdom demonstrated in the writing of the program’s young authors.

Power of the Pen
PO Box 2640  |  North Canton, Ohio 44720

Support has been provided by Ohio Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

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