Creative Writing Opportunities at Normandale

Besides classes in creative writing, Normandale offers students several other opportunities to get involved with the creative writing community.


 Normandale Creative Writing Club and The Paper Lantern Literary Magazine

The Normandale Creative Writing Club is a Student Life organization that meets regularly to discuss creative writing, complete fun writing activities, and to plan and edit the current edition of Normandale’s literary magazine, The Paper Lantern.  To find out more about joining the club, contact the club advisor, Lynette Reini-Grandell, at


Normandale Reading Series

Throughout the school year, Normandale sponsors readings by published authors in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  To see the schedule, join our Facebook group, Normandale Reading Series, or contact Layla Dowlatshahi:


Pasty Lea Core Living Memorial Award in Creative Writing

Each spring, Normandale’s English department sponsors a student writing competition, judged by a distinguished writer from outside the Normandale community.  Student winners in poetry and fiction each receive a $250 award.   This year’s first place winners were Miho Vande Berg in Fiction and Lukas Hall in poetry.  Any current Normandale student can enter this competition.  Contact Anna Meek at for more information.


Normandale Writing Festival

In April 2013, Normandale held the Normandale Writing Festival, featuring well-known writers and workshops in every form of writing.  The 2013 keynote speaker was National Book Award winning author Will Alexander.  For more information on the 2014 festival, contact Tom Maltman at

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