Part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series.

The Renaissance Education Department's annual MindSprouts Creative Writing program is for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. New for the 2020-21 academic year is the opportunity for K-12 teachers to schedule a free remote, “jump-start” 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 dates through March 1, 2021.

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 “Through My Window!” Top submissions from each grade are sent to a celebrity panel for judging, then adapted for the stage and showcased at the Renaissance in May 2021. 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: “Through My Window!” 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 31, 2021 to be eligible for inclusion in the contest. 

Submissions will be accepted via the form below, mail and email.

MindSprouts Workshop Contact or Program Entry Form

Deadline for submission is March 31, 2021.

You may also contact Dauphne Maloney at 419-522-2726, ext. 212, or email her at [email protected] For mailing a submission, please send to Dauphne Maloney, Renaissance Education Department, 138 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, OH 44902.