On Saturday March 2, 2013, the Western Pa Writing Project hosted the Scholastic Writing Awards for the Pittsburgh Region. Over 80 young writers, family members, and teachers attended the event at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium on the University of Pittsburgh campus.
Dr. Richard Donato, School of Education, welcomed students and their families with a poem his daughter Claire, now a published poet and teacher at Fordham University, had written as a seven year old. Michael Simms, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Autumn House Press, gave the keynote address. In his address, Simms welcomed the young writers into the sacred trust of poets and artists that has existed for centuries.
Gold, Silver, and Honorable Mention awards were distributed to students from schools throughout Allegheny and Westmoreland County. To see the full list of award winners, please visit the WPWP’s Scholastic Writing Awards page. Gold Key winners have advanced to the national level. Results from the national competition will be available on the Arts and Writing website on March 15, 2013. Good luck to the gold key winners, and congratulations to all the courageous writers who submitted their words to the contest.
To see additional photographs from the Awards Celebration, please visit the WPWP’s Flickr page.
The Scholastic Writing Awards contest and celebration would not be possible without the support of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education and the dedicated work of Karen Howard, 1989 WPWP Fellow. Karen spent many hours communicating with young writers, judges, and members of the community.