This event is for students who love to write. Students will attend writing workshops led by English Department faculty, experience a reading by a published writer, be introduced to our student-staffed publishing house, participate in group writing activities, and have an opportunity to share their work at open mic.  Emerging creative writers will learn about the educational opportunities linked to an education in Literature, English Education, and Writing, Editing, and Publishing!  

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Interested students must submit a written work in one of five genres.  Department faculty will then use the submissions to assign students to workshops.  Additionally, faculty will find one exceptional senior from each genre and honor those students with $1000 scholarships to attend UW-Stevens Point next year!  

The submission deadline is Friday, November 1, 2019.  See the General Information area for the genre descriptions, submission requirements and entry form. There is no registration fee to attend.  When the number of entries received is over the capacity for the event, acceptance will be based on the quality of writing.

Writing Genres 
The Familiar Essay
The Outdoor Essay
The Short Story
Speculative Fiction

The genre chosen will, for the most part, determine the student’s workshop placement at the event, but the amount of entries received overall will also determine placement.  Students may submit to more than one genre and may be able to attend two different workshops (depending on submissions received).   Genre descriptions are below and instructions for the submission are on the following page.

This event was created in 1973 by Isabelle Stelmahoske, a retired UW-Stevens Point Associate Professor of English. 

December 4, 2019 Event Schedule
(All Activities held in the Dreyfus University Center)
8:30-9 a.m.
Registration Check-in (Alumni Lobby)
9-9:25 a.m.
​​​Welcome (Alumni Room)
​9:30-10:20 a.m.
(Session 1)
Workshops (various locations)
If not assigned to a workshop at this time: 

Open Mic Opportunity (location TBD) or 
Listen to the Cornerstone Press Students (location TBD)
​10:25-11 a.m.
​Group Activty: Found Poetry (Alumni Room)​
​​11-11:50 a.m.
​​Student Lunch (tentative: student-led activity) (Alumni Room)
​​11-11:50 a.m.
​​Teacher Lunch (Legacy Room)
​12-12:50 p.m.
​Keynote Presentation (Alumni Room)
​1-1:50 p.m.
(Session 2) 
Workshops (various locations)
If not assigned to a workshop at this time: 
Open Mic Opportunity (TBD) or 
Listen to the Cornerstone Press Students (TBD)
​​1-1:50 p.m.
​Best Practices Roundtable-Teachers only (Legacy Room)
​​2-2:20 p.m.
​​Award Ceremony (Alumni Room)
​​2:20 p.m.
​Closing (Alumni Room)

General Information

General Information including genres and descriptions, submission requirements and the entry form

Liability and Photo Release Form (Required and due November 1 with writing submission)

Directions to Stevens Point

Parking and Parking Map


Contact Jeff Snowbarger, Assistant Professor of English

Phone: 715-346-4336