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

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

Lake Erie District 1
Saturday, January 7, 2023

Lake Erie College
391 W. Washington St.
Painesville, OH 44077
Coordinator: TBD


Lake Erie District 2
Saturday, January 28, 2023
University School
20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
Coordinator: Charlie Oberndorf

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

Hudson Middle School
Saturday, March 11, 2023

83 N. Oviatt St., Hudson, OH 44236

Coordinator: Mike Fejes

Who’s Going

Lake Erie District 1:
Lake Erie College

20 positions available

Lake Erie District 2:
University School

16 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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