U.W.S.P. Writers' Workshop: ENTRY FORM
Examine the writing categories described in the following
pages and prepare your entries. Fill out the entry form on the last
page of this flyer or provide the requested information on a
separate sheet of paper. Ask your instructor to submit your
entries with those of others in your class and send them to
U.W.S.P. Writers' Workshop, English Department, Stevens Point,
WI 54481 or send yours individually.
Entries may be submitted any time (the earlier, the better),
2009! Entries must be typed, double-spaced on numbered pages,
and include the author's name and school in the upper right-hand
corner of each page. You may single space poetry submissions.
Students are advised to keep a copy of each entry in case of loss.
NOTE: Specify whether you are a junior or senior AND indicate
the genre category for each entry you submit.
Entries in each category will be judged by the faculty
member who leads the workshop at U.W.S.P. Approximately
twelve to twenty writers of the best submissions in each genre
will be invited to attend one or more workshops, and certificates
and scholarships will be awarded at the end of the event.
If your students are invited to this year’s Writers’
Workshop, you will hear from us by November 6, 2009.
Sessions will be held in both the morning and afternoon.
Students honored in more than one genre will have the
opportunity to work with two experts. Lunch for invited students
is provided at the Debot Center, the campus’s main dining hall.
After lunch, former U.W.S.P. professor and
New York Times best-selling author Pat
Rothfuss will read from his fiction and
nonfiction and answer questions from the
audience about the writing process and other
aspects of writing.
The day will end with an awards ceremony for the presentation of
certificates and a $1,000 scholarship to U.W.S.P. in each genre.
Name (please print)
Year in School
Name of School
Address of School
Category of Entry
Name of Sponsoring Teacher, if applicable
Fill out this entry blank (or a copy of it) or write down the
information that the entry blank requests on a separate sheet of
paper; attach this information to your submission.
Please submit all writing through the U.S. mail. Do not email
Submissions must be received by Friday, October 16, 2009.
Kim Siclovan
U.W.S.P. Writers' Workshop
English Department
UW-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI 54481
 We do not send submissions back, so please keep copies
of what you send us.
 Any questions? Feel free to e-mail or phone Pat Gott at
[email protected]/(715-346-4347), Sarah Pogell at
[email protected]/(715-346-4533) or Kim Siclovan
[email protected]/ (715-346-4758).
The following university offices and agencies provide
financial support, which makes the Writers’ Workshop possible.
The College of Letters and Sciences….Christopher Cirmo,
The English Department……..Michael Williams, Chair
The U.W.S.P. Foundation
ISABELLE STELMAHOSKE, Professor Emeritus of
English, specializes in modern drama, dramatic literature, and
leading summer abroad theatre programs in London.
Patricia Gott teaches writing, gender studies, and
modern British literature at U.W.S.P.
Sarah Pogell teaches writing, Experimental Fiction, and
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century British Literature at U.W.S.P.
The familiar essay has a long history, including such famous
names as Montaigne, Charles Lamb, Virginia Woolf, and, in our
own time, E. B. White, James Thurber, and Anna Quindlen. The
subject of the familiar essay is anything under the sun that
interests and amuses the essayist, but it must also interest the
Writing personally, the familiar essayist must write about
what other people think, feel, and experience: the difficulties of
growing up, the pain and joy of first love, the sorrow of loss, and
the delight of discovery.
Never definitive, always personal, this type of writing
should be light, informal and conversational. Submissions may
range from 500 to 1200 words.
After receiving both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from
U.W.S.P., Rebecca Lorenz-Schumacher has been teaching
freshman English at the university for five years. She enjoys
helping students discover their potential to become good writers
and great thinkers.
An alumnus of the U.W.S.P. English department, David Roloff
teaches education methods and composition courses at U.W.S.P.
Professor Roloff has taught high school for ten years. His current
research involves the impact of technology on students'
approaches to the writing process.
THE FORMAL ESSAY: Environmental Issues
Write to persuade your readers to take better care of the
environment, to alert the public to the dangers of pollution,
atmospheric problems with ozone, acid rain, global
warming, and tropical deforestation, or to analyze another
important environmental subject. Give your essay a global
focus and take it seriously, realizing, as former U.W.S.P.
Professor of Resource Management Lowell Klessig puts it,
"This community we live in is in fact the whole planet."
Submit essays of any length beyond a minimum of five
hundred words. Select your one or two best essays. They
may be research essays, carefully documented, or essays
that rely primarily on your analysis and reasoning. For
examples, you might examine the work of such writers as
Aldo Leopold, Lewis Thomas, Sissela Bok, and Annie
Dillard. Be sure to support all of your assertions.
At lunch
Dan Dieterich will lead a session helping students write good
For many years, Dan Dieterich has taught business writing to
UWSP students. In each of his business writing courses, he has
helped students to write effective résumés, cover letters, and other
job search documents. He has also conducted dozens of
workshops for students about these same topics. In addition, he
has conducted résumé workshops and tutorials for many
professionals seeking to find or change jobs.
In the afternoon
Larry Morgan is an assistant professor of English at
He received his doctorate, emphasizing
Professional Writing, from the University of New Mexico.
For more than twenty years before beginning work on his
Ph.D., he was a professional journalist. The majority of his
journalism career was in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he was
a sports writer and outdoor columnist.
Barbara Dixson, Professor of English and head of the Teacher
Education program in English at U.W.S.P., will lead a discussion
about best practices and writing assignments for high school
teachers. Other U.W.S.P. English faculty will be on hand as well
for casual conversation and to answer questions about the
We will provide a boxed lunch. To reserve a lunch and/or
to take part in the discussion, please notify Kim Siclovan (whose
address, phone number, and email are on the entry blank) so that
we can provide enough seating and lunches for everyone who
wishes to come! Please let her know by Thursday, November
13, 2009.
U.W.S.P. student writers will read from
their fiction, poetry, and non-fiction pieces.
These students will also be available for
discussion and to answer questions about
writing and what it's like to be a U.W.S.P.
student and writer. An open reading will
follow during which you are encouraged to
read from your work. Please bring your
own fiction, poetry, and familiar essays!
While not involved in other activities, we invite you to…
*Watch U.W.S.P. dancers in class and rehearsing for the Fall
Dance Concert in one of NFAC’s state of the art dance studios.
*Talk to Michael Williams, English Department Chair, who will
be available much of the day in 486 Collins Classroom Center for
informal discussion. Parents are welcome too.
Children's literature is an exciting and rapidly growing
literary market. Writing for children (ages four through twelve)
may include mystery stories, fantasy, historical fiction, humorous
science/nature books, how-to books, easy-to-read books, and
short, easily produced plays.
Participants may submit entries in one or more of the
above categories. Entries are limited to not more than three
manuscripts. Please be sure to indicate the age group for which
the writing is intended.
Do include
Believable events
Clear and appealing language
Make your story fun to read, for children and for the adults who
read with them.
Ask yourself, "Would I have wanted to read this story when I was
a child?"
Elizabeth Felt Elizabeth Caulfield Felt has been teaching freshman
composition at UWSP since 2005. Elizabeth’s first novel, Charlotte,
doubled as her master’s thesis and won her an award from the UWSP
Graduate Council. Her second novel, Syncopation, is being
considered for publication. Although her first two novels are for
adult readers, Elizabeth is currently writing a mystery for pre-teens
that takes place on the UWSP campus during an American Suzuki
Institute summer music camp.
Students who wish to participate in the Short Story Workshop
may submit one story of up to twenty-five pages on any subject
but should avoid contrived plots, false happy endings,
sentimentality, and formula writing. Instead, try to write stories
that attempt to deal honestly and clearly with the problems and
pleasures of being human. It would be better to look for your
stories in your own experiences or the experiences of people you
know than to look to television, movies, or books.
Each writer should submit at least four and no more than
seven original poems. Manuscripts should be clear and clean
with a dark impression. In selecting participants, we look for
poems that are well-crafted and exciting–poems that show a
strong use of imagery and concrete detail, precise diction, a sense
of the rhythms of language, and the ability to create striking
metaphors. Form and theme should interact.
In the Workshop, we'll identify some of the elements
that make a successful story.
Mathew Chacko’s specialties include Creative Writing (fiction),
the Short Story, the Contemporary Novel and Post-Colonial
Studies. Originally from Kerala, India, he has been in the U.S. for
over two decades. His work has appeared in the Kenyon Review,
Missouri Review, Puerto del Sol and other magazines. He is the
recipient of fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and the Fine
Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He is currently finishing
a collection of stories and has begun work on a novel set in India
and the U.S.
We reserve the right to cancel a session if we
do not receive enough student entries to run
Patricia R. Dyjak is a poet and Assistant Professor of English at
the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She earned her Ph.D.
in English and an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University
at Albany. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing – Poetry from
Western Michigan University where she worked with Herbert
Scoot and William Olsen. She has had the luck to work with
Judith E. Johnson and Bernadette Mayer, and been grad assistant
at the NY State Writers’ Institute. She has published her poems in
national literary journals, including Earth's Daughters, and Diner,
among others, and recently had a chapbook published by Outlaw
Artists called Autobiography of Some Other Woman. Her poetry
is driven both by the music of language and by ideas. Pat is very
interested in feminist spirituality, the web of life, and the way
religion teaches people to grant authority to particular structures
of power.