We are happy to announce the High School Creative Writing Festival for the year 2019 and to invite teachers and writing students to attend and participate in the 35th annual festival at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Each year approximately 750 students and teachers participate in the festival. We are pleased to be able to offer teachers and students this day of stimulating exposure to the writing of their peers and the chance to hear their work discussed and evaluated by professional writers in a college setting. The Creative Writing Festival is available to those in grades 9-12.
Registrations with submissions accepted online until 10/28/19; without submissions 11/18/19, noon.
We do accept walk up registrations (without submissions, only) the day of the event, if not sold out. Walk-up registration will be available to download here after the online registration closes.
$30.00 Students with Submission and attendance fee
$25.00 Student attendance fee (students not submitting a manuscript)
$40.00 Teacher with submission and attendance fee
$35.00 Teacher attendance fee (teachers not submitting a manuscript)
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. A catered luncheon is included in the teacher's fee. Students will be "on their own" for lunch. Student luncheon options, both on and off campus, will be included in the packet received at check-in.
Prize money has amounted to approximately $800 in previous Creative Writing Festivals. It is anticipated that this year's Festival will award a comparable amount. 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.
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.
Ike Holter is a Chicago playwright and winner of The Windham-Campbell prize, one of the highest awards for writing in the world. He’s the writer of several award winning plays including “Exit Strategy”, “Hit The Wall” and “Lottery Day”, which have been seen all across the country. He was recently a writer for “Fosse/Verdon” on FX and had premieres at Goodman Theater, La Jolla Playhouse and Steep Theater in Chicago. His commissions include SouthCoast Rep and Playwrights Horizons. Member of Victory Gardens theater and represented by WME.
2019 Event Schedule will be posted here in October 2019.
|8:00 - 9:00 am||Check-In, Hamilton Room (in the University Center)|
|9:00 - 9:50 am||Convocation, Hamilton Center|
|10:00 - 10:50 am||Workshops|
|11:00 - 11:50 am||Workshops|
|12:00 - 12:50 pm||Lunch|
|1:00 - 1:50 pm||Workshops|
|2:00 - 2:50 pm||Workshops|
|3:00 - 3:50 pm||Workshops|
|4:00 - 4:50 pm||Workshops|
|5:00 - 5:45 pm||Awards Ceremony, Hamilton Room|
Special Lorine Niedecker 'Poetry of Place' workshops for students and teachers! Students can submit poems or short prose in the spirit of Lorine Niedecker to this workshop in addition to the primary workshop they register for at no additional charge. This submission cannot be the same piece submitted to the primary workshop.
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 Monday, October 28, 2019. Lunch for the teachers will be included in the fee.
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.
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.
If you are driving independently to the festival, visitor parking passes are available at the Visitor Center and parking is available behind it in Lot 7. Permits are required to park in campus lots. Busses will be allowed to drop off students in the roundabout of Lot 12 and Lot 2 and will be directed where to park. More information on parking can be found on the Visitor Center website.
A campus map can be found here.