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Michigan Youth Arts Festival Creative Writing Workshop

May 9 - May 11

Call for Creative Writing submissions for the 57th Annual Michigan Youth Arts Festival!

Students in grades 9-12 can submit original creative writing in the following categories:

  • Short Story
  • Poetry
  • Playwriting
  • Graphic Narration
  • Creative Non-Fiction

If selected, students work will be published in the Michigan Youth Arts Festival Creative Writing Book, students will be asked to participate in the Creative Writing Workshops or Interdisciplinary Workshops at the festival, and selected students will be asked to read their submissions at the Welcoming Ceremony and Creative Writing Showcase.


This year, students will join workshop clinician Joseph Zettelmaier, a Michigan-based playwright and four-time nominee for the Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association Award for best new play, first in 2006 for All Childish Things, then in 2007 for Language Lessons, in 2010 for It Came From Mars and in 2012 for Dead Man’s Shoes. His plays The Stillness Between Breaths and It Came From Mars were selected to appear in the National New Play Network’s Festival of New Plays. It Came From Mars was a recipient of 2009’s Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award. Dead Man’s Shoes received the same award in 2011. Joseph is an adjunct lecturer at Eastern Michigan University, where he teaches Dramatic Composition, Stage Management, Stage Combat, and Play Production. He also teaches theatre courses at Schoolcraft College. He’s an Artistic Associate and Resident Playwright at First Folio Theatre, an At Large Ambassador for the National New Play Network, Executive Director of Roustabout Theatre Troupe, and can be reached at his website jzettelmaier.com





Submissions are due via email on March 1, 2019. Submissions must be from a MCTE member teacher. Teachers will be notified of selected students by early April 2019.

For more specific information on submissions visit our website at https://www.michiganyoutharts.org/creative-writing-guidelines.html.

Any further questions can be sent to MYAF Creative Writing Coordinator, Abbey Lilly-Lacca at [email protected].

This year’s MYA Festival takes place at Western Michigan University on May 9th-11th 2019.

Event Details

Date: May 9 - May 11
Time: -
Venue: Western Michigan University
Address: 1903 Western Michigan Avenue

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