OHIO'S interscholastic WRITING LEAGUE for adolescents & young adults


The PenOhio Writing Workshop Series provides teachers with a library of sample mini-lessons for improving instruction, and performance among students, in keeping with Ohio's New Learning Standards for Writing.

Each mini-lesson is about 15 minutes in length, and is hosted by a PenOhio Coach and Ohio English Language Arts teacher recognized for outstanding success in continuously turning out award-winning writers. 

The Series covers topics such as:
  • Brainstorming
  • Plot Development
  • Concrete Description & Sensory Detail
  • Figurative Language
  • Power Word Use
  • Effective Use of Modifiers
  • Writing Improvement Through Peer Review
  • Assessment & Evaluation of Writing

By mixing and matching video content to Standards-anchored learning objectives, teachers can generate simple, effective methods for helping learners to master key concepts that are crucial to effective writing.

As an example, Ohio's New Learning Standards require attention to this topical strand: "Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences." Should formative assessments reveal weakness on "structure" and "organization" of narratives, the PenOhio video on Plot Development can help you engineer future lessons; and so on.

The PenOhio Writing Workshop Series is designed to serve as a tool for coaching writers toward readiness for PenOhio tournament competition, and may be used for--or to supplement--classroom instruction. The series is available for viewing and download only by members of PenOhio.

Please view the sample video posted here. At the time that your PenOhio registration becomes active, your future visits to this website will allow you access to the full library of Workshops, coupled with companion instructions.

The above video is an example, posted by Hudson Teacher/Coach Mike Fejes, of PenOhio's Writing Workshop Series. The Series is made available to those who register as members of PenOhio. 

Award-Winning Writing Coach Leads Video Workshops

Hudson City Schools teacher Mike Fejes is no stranger to trophies. He, his students and his writing teams have won so many, in fact, that his school had to build a brand new display case to house them all!

"Year in and year out, Fejes takes home crowns," bemoaned an anonymous peer teacher recently, with a smile of affection. "How does he do it? That's what I want to know!"

Mike has coached writers at Hudson City Schools for 15 years. During that time, his students and teams have won three State titles in Creative Writing. Consequently, teachers across the State want to know what he knows. And so, Mike is the featured coach for the PenOhio Writing Workshop Series. Join us and learn from the best, won't you?

Mike's creative writing teams are three-time State Champs of interscholastic Pen competitions. 

  • PenOhio
    A United Fellowship of The Pen Program

    PO Box 13291 
    Akron, OH 44334


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