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
website: John Brhel | Amazon page
Amazon page | Wikipedia page | Cemetery Dance: Thomas F. Monteleone
Paul D. Smith – Fantasy
Past Workshop Instructors
website: Maurice Broaddus | Amazon page | Wikipedia page
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
Local writer John Brhel talked with the Creative Writing class about the do’s and don’ts and pros and cons of self-publishing, crowdfunding, what it’s like to work with a co-writer, and writing in general.
YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpJsjBanOe8
For the past several years, SCC’s Creative Writing Program has been fortunate enough to enjoy visits from professional writers of all kinds who have shared their time, knowledge, professional experience and expertise with our students. In years past, we’ve been the recipient of various grants to help fund these experiences. We have applied for a Visions Loves Educators Grant, but because we will not hear about that until late Spring, we’ve started an Indiegogo Campaign to help raise funds for monthly author visits for the rest of the year. The link to the campaign is: https://goo.gl/SrtHMe
Anyone can contribute almost any amount. Donations can also be made directly to the school. Thank you for your ongoing support!