The 36th Annual UW-Whitewater High School Creative Writing Festival is going virtual for 2020! Each year approximately 750 high school students (grades 9-12) and teachers participate in the festival, offering them a chance to hear their work discussed by their peers and writing professionals in a college setting. Please note the widespread disruption and uncertainty of caused by Covid-19 present certain challenges. While our goal this year is to maintain all components of the Festival that you've come to expect and enjoy in years past, we reserve the right to alter the Festival format dependent on registration. However, all paid submissions *are* guaranteed written feedback and eligible for judging. The Creative Writing Festival is available to those in grades 9-12.
Registrations with submissions accepted online until 10/30/20; without submissions 12/1/20, noon.
We do NOT accept day of registrations.
$25.00 Students with Submission
$35.00 Teacher with submission
$15.00 Students/Teachers without submissions
Students who do not wish to submit a manuscript for evaluation in a workshop are still welcome to attend the Festival. These students are encouraged to participate in discussions of the work being considered in the various workshops. Students may not submit a manuscript for evaluation if they do not attend the Festival. Please submit one check from the school or adviser to cover all students attending.
Prize money has amounted to approximately $800 in previous Creative Writing Festivals. Awarding of prizes will depend on the number and quality of submissions per genre. We regret that it will not be possible to give refunds to those who are unable to attend.
Web Ex will be the hosting platform for this event. Meeting links for joining your select sessions will be available a week prior to the event. We will email you and provide the link to access sessions.
Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent to your email account. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you do not receive this confirmation email. Historically email accounts used from centurytel.net and wi.rr.com are blocked from receiving notifications from us or may end up in your spam folder. You are able to register using these accounts; however, you will not receive emails from us. Please make sure you have a working email address on file with us to be able to receive important announcements and updates about this event.
For those participants who will be receiving a sponsorship to attend this event: Register and use the promo code your sponsor gave you. The sponsorship will be deducted from your invoice. Any remaining balance remains the participant's responsibility. Any cancellations will result in the sponsorship funds being returned to the supporting organization.
Any qualifying discounts given by the event will not be applied after you have paid in full. Be sure to use the promo code at check out to receive your discount. You will be charged if you do not qualify for requested discount at the start of event.
A processing fee will be assessed if a refund is issued due to overpayment on your account.
Questions, received an award/scholarship without a promo code or want to use two promo codes? Please call Continuing Education Services at 262-472-3165 or email email@example.com.
You can sponsor a registrant and cover all or partial fees. We have received requests in the past from schools, companies, organizations, friends and family members that would like to send their chosen registrant to a specific event. If you would like to sponsor a registrant, you can request a promo code that you may give to your chosen registrant. Click here for more details.
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UW-Whitewater staff members and visiting writers will coordinate special teachers' writing workshops to be held concurrently with the students' workshop. A session on the teaching of creative writing will be conducted and a workshop for teachers will be offered if there is sufficient interest. Teachers who want to submit their own work for consideration in a Teachers Writing Workshop should submit their work by submission deadline.
Each applicant submitting work will verify proof of originality through online registration system. Students attending Special Workshop: Lorine Niedecker will also need to submit work, in addition to submission to primary workshop. The online registration link will be provided to you in your registration confirmation.