Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Northeast Region

Including Ashland, Medina, Portage, Trumbull, Wayne, and Southern Summit (see Lake Erie Region) Counties

Regional Director:
Mary Anderson

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.

Registration is open to the first 20 schools that register. Register for one District event only.

The St. Vincent-St. Mary and Ashland tournaments have reached capacity. Please select a tournament in the Lake Erie or Northern region.

Northeast District 1
Saturday, January 8, 2022
St. Vincent-St. Mary High School
Coordinator: Mary Anderson

Northeast District 2
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Ashland Middle School
Coordinator: Carolyn Hrinda

Qualifiers from both events will advance to the Northeast Ohio Regional Tournament virtually hosted by:

Kent State University
Saturday, February 26, 2022

Coordinator: Mary Anderson

Who's Going

The St. Vincent-St. Mary and Ashland tournaments have reached capacity. Please select a tournament in the Lake Erie or Northern region.

Northeast District 1:
St. Vincent-St. Mary

Barberton Middle School
Brunswick Middle School
Chamberlin Middle School
Crestwood Middle School
Chippewa Middle School
Field Middle School
Holy Family School
Immaculate Heart of Mary
Kimpton Middle School
Manchester Middle School
Our Lady of the Elms
Sacred Heart of Jesus School
Seton Catholic School
Stanton Middle School
St. Ambrose School
St. Patrick School
St. Sebastian School
St. Vincent School

Northeast District 2

Ashland MS

A I Root Middle School
Ashland Middle School
Black River Middle School
Claggett Middle School
Edgewood Middle School
Green Middle School
Highland Middle School
John R Lea Middle School
Lakeview Middle School
Norwayne Middle School
Ontario Middle School
Shelby Middle School
Southeast Middle School
St. Barnabas School
St. Francis Xavier School
Wadsworth Middle School
West Holmes Middle School
Woodridge Middle School

Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson has a B.S. in Education, an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and an Education Specialist degree, all from Kent State University. She  has been involved in Power of the Pen since 1987. She was a coach whose students loved Power of the Pen and fared very well in tournaments. She traveled the state acting as a Tab Room supervisor for many years with her husband Bill, a computer scorer.

Mary has been involved with the State Committee as secretary and president. She now serves as the Northeast Regional Director. She was a contributing author of the Center for Learning’s Biography series, and penned a chapter in a book for teachers titled Why Workshop?

Mary was selected Teacher of the Year at several schools and was honored as Outstanding Teacher at the Power of the Pen State Tournament in 2002. In 2013 she received the Mahar Award as a notable alumna of St. Mary High School.

She has retired from teaching but works as a tutor two days per week. She remains committed to Power of the Pen because of its inestimable impact on young writers.


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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