The Creative Writing Program
Creative Writing Gallery
The Creative Writing Program at Seton Catholic Central High School was first launched in the 2009-2010 academic school year when English teacher Kevin Lucia began teaching the elective “Introduction to Creative Writing.” Utilizing funds raised through a Barnes & Noble Book Fair, Mr. Lucia also launched the first year of SCC’s “Visiting Writers’ Series,” modeled after a similar series he experienced as a graduate student in Binghamton University’s Creative Writing Program. Each month, a different professional writer, poet or author visited with Mr. Lucia’s Creative Writing students and the general student body of Seton, sharing their experiences and knowledge of writing for publication.
In the 2010-2011 academic year, Mr. Lucia was awarded two educational grants, an Arts & Partners Grant from The Discovery Center and a Diocesan Educational Enrichment Grant. Utilizing these funds, the Visiting Writers Series was expanded and a year-ending Writing Workshop added. This workshop was conducted by New York Times Bestselling Author F. Paul Wilson and USA Today Bestselling Author Tom Monteleone. As a part of the grant, a literary journal featuring the finished works of Mr. Lucia’s Creative Writing class, entitled Beautiful Chaos, was printed. In the 2011-2012 academic year, Mr. Lucia was again awarded an Arts & Partners grant from The Discovery Center. F. Paul Wilson and Tom Monteleone again returned to conduct another Writing Workshop at the end of the school year.
Unfortunately in the 2012-2013 school year, the Arts & Partners grant was dissolved due to lack of state funding. Through several different fundraising venues, Mr. Lucia was still able to raise enough money for a year-ending Writing Workshop for his Creative Writing Class, this time conducted by critically acclaimed urban fantasy author Maurice Broaddus. In following years, authors Mary Sangiovanni and Ronald Malfi taught Seton’s year-ending Writing Workshop, in the years of 2014-2015 and 2015-2016, respectively.
Due to lack of funding, no Writing Workshop was held in the 2016-2017 academic school year, though Seton was honored with a visit from bestselling author and winner of the Grandmaster of Horror Award, Brian Keene, as part of his nationwide tour for his thriller novel Pressure. The 2017-2018 academic year began with a visit from the editor of Lamplight Magazine, Jacob Haddon, with several more author visits planned, as well as another year-ending Writing Workshop.
Past Visiting Authors
Paul D. Smith – Fantasy
Past Workshop Instructors
Norman Partridge Blogs his Interview by SCC Students
A Dark Harvest at Seton Catholic Central High, Part 1
A Dark Harvest at Seton Catholic Central High, Part 2
A Dark Harvest at Seton Catholic Central High, Part 3
A Dark Harvest at Seton Catholic Central High, Part 4
Acclaimed Urban Fantasy author, Nancy Holzner, spoke with Creative Writing students and other Seton students today about the realities of writing for a living, the vocational importance of writing, and how her studies of Medieval Literature provided inspiration for her popular series, Deadtown. Below is a link of her speaking to the Creative Class about the realities of writing for a living, and a link of her reading a portion of her novel to Seton students in the library.
Creative Writing Class:
Reading in Library:
Local Fantasy Author Paul D. Smith spoke with the Creative Writing class today about the unique nature of writing fiction for young adults, and the realities of funding self-publishing ventures.
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFBSb6OqjIw