Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools
Because the ideas, dreams and beliefs of today's youth form the foundation of tomorrow's communities in Ohio, Power of the Pen is dedicated to helping young people find and develop a creative voice that is uniquely their own. It is a mission we will realize when we inspire every teacher and challenge every student to truly embrace the art of creative expression through writing as a life skill.
is committed to being the leading interscholastic program in written
expression. Originally designed for writers at the 7th and 8th grade
» Delivers interscholastic tournament competitions for young writers throughout Ohio.
» Assists teachers in the ongoing task of facilitating better student writing by providing quality tools and resources to identify, challenge, and reward excellence.
» Provides teachers with an educational network that shares ideas and instructional materials to improve expressive writing skills.
The program's aim is to positively impact academic achievement overall. POP does so by providing mentor texts of excellent student writing that will serve as models for middle school students throughout Ohio this year. More than 3,500 students will compete directly in a Power of the Pen tournament.