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Theme Chosen For Renaissance Creative Writing Contest

3 Nov , 2018  

Beginning this month, the Renaissance Education Department will continue its annual MindSprouts Creative Writing program, part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series, smf with support from Altrusa International, for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  K-12 teachers are invited to schedule a free in-class writing workshop with Renaissance Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney, trained by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Workshops can be scheduled for any date through March 15, 2019 by calling 419-522-2726, ext. 212.

The annual MindSprouts Creative Writing contest invites students to submit one composition in one or more of the following categories: short story, play, or poem. This year’s contest theme is “My Great Escape!” Top submissions from each grade band in the MindSprouts contest are sent to a celebrity panel for judging, then adapted for the stage and showcased at the Renaissance in May. Past judges for the contest have included SNL writers Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Jeff Richmond, and the Ren’s own Artistic Director, Michael Thomas.

All submissions to the MindSprouts contest must correspond to the theme: “My Great Escpae!” Interested students may submit individually, or students may submit one collaborative work from a group of up to three students. All submissions must be received by the Renaissance no later than March 29, 2019 to be eligible for inclusion in the contest. Submissions will be accepted via mail to: Dauphne Maloney, Renaissance Education Department, 138 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, OH 44902, or via email to:

For more information on the MindSprouts program/submission guidelines or any Renaissance Education programs, visit

Source, Photos: Renaissance Performing Arts Association/Jeff Sprang

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