Ohio’s Original Interscholastic Creative Writing Program for Middle Schools
Welcome, Alumni and Friends!
Whether you are looking to reconnect, support Power of the Pen's mission, or learn about the impact of giving, you have come to the right place! Thank you for making Power of the Pen stronger and continuing to support creative writing in Ohio's youth!
As a volunteer, you can help make the 2023 State Tournament a rewarding experience for hundreds of the state's best 7th and 8th grade writers, their coaches and families.
The tournament will take place Thursday and Friday, May 18-19, at Ashland University. Volunteers are crucial to the tournament. It can't happen without you!
Help is needed in the following areas:
To volunteer, complete the form at the link below by February 15, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your area of interest. We look forward to seeing you at Ashland University!
District and Regional Tournament, Office Volunteers Needed
Volunteers make sure that Power of the Pen district and regional tournaments are a high-quality experience for everyone! You can help by:» Serving as a judge to evaluate writing and provide feedback;
If you never had a behind-the-scenes look at Power of the Pen as a student, now is your chance to see what it takes to make it all come together!
Alumni, we would love to hear from you! Whatever your career or hobbies, Power of the Pen would like to know about your life now and how Power of the Pen influenced you.
Please tell us about yourself, and send us photos - either from your time as a Power of the Pen writer or from today!
Your donation helps thousands of Ohio middle school students develop their creative voices. In the 2019-2020 season:» About 2,700 students participated in 16 district and 8 regional tournaments;
Our supporters make it possible for Power of the Pen to encourage young writers to develop their talents!
Author: Wyoming Middle School alum Jasmine Warga won a 2020 Newbery Honor for her third novel, Other Words for Home, about a young girl who must move from Syria to Cincinnati, Ohio. Jasmine is also the author of My Heart and Other Black Holes and Here We Are Now. The Shape of Thunder is coming out in spring 2021.
Jasmine says that Power of the Pen provided a supportive environment that formed her work ethic as a writer. "Power of the Pen taught me that writing is all about practice," she says. "The more hours you put into your craft, the more you will get out of it." You can follow Jasmine on Twitter @jasminewarga. Read more ...
Author: No matter what you are writing, if it is high quality and makes an emotional connection, the work will find an audience, author and Power of the Pen alum Justin A. Reynolds told the Solon Middle School Power of the Pen team. He says that the most effective authors explore questions about life’s meaning: “Why are we here? What are we doing? What is the best way to live?”
His best advice to young authors is to trust themselves: “Your voice is unique, special, necessary, and urgent. We will all write a different story even if we live the same circumstances at the same time. No one can tell a story like you do.”