Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools

Northern Region

Including Crawford, Erie, Huron, Lorain, Richland, and most of Cuyahoga (see Lake Erie Region) Counties

Regional Director:
Cheryl Yates-Bledsoe

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

Northern District 1
Saturday, January 21, 2023
Columbia Middle School
13646 West River Road
Columbia Station, OH 44028

Coordinator: Kyleen Wilson


Northern District 2
Saturday, February 4, 2023
St. Raphael School
525 Dover Center Road
Bay Village, OH 44140
Coordinator: Kim Hirsch  

Qualifiers from both events will advance to the Northern Ohio Regional Tournament at

Baldwin Wallace University
Saturday, March 11, 2023
275 Eastland Rd.
Berea, OH 44017
Coordinator: Cheryl Yates-Bledsoe

Who's Going

Northern District 1:
Columbia Middle School

20 positions available

Northern District 2:
St. Raphael School

20 positions available

Cheryl Yates-Bledsoe

Cheryl is currently a classroom teacher and Gifted Intervention Specialist at Lake Elementary in Hartville, instructing 6th grade ELA.  She earned her MA in Counseling and MAT in Secondary Education from Liberty University.  She enjoys challenging writers to tap into their creativity and think outside the box. Previously, she worked with 6th grade Author's Club encouraging students to write and illustrate their first book. Her love of writing then expanded to coaching and judging Power of the Pen writers.

In her free time, Cheryl enjoys reading, writing and cross-stitching. She currently lives in Louisville with her two daughters, mastiff Flynn (200# of fluff and love), puppy Kingsley (70# of energy and nips), and puppy Milo (30# of cuteness).

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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