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.  

Normandale Reading Series

Throughout the school year, Normandale sponsors readings by published authors in the genres of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry.  Contact Kris Bigalk, Director of Creative Writing, for more information.

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. Students must be currently enrolled at Normandale to enter. Contact Kris Bigalk, Director of Creative Writing, for more information.

View the 2022 Patsy Lea Core Award Reading

Normandale Writing Festival

Each year, Normandale holds the Normandale Writing Festival, featuring well-known writers and workshops in every form of writing.  Our 2023 Festival will take place in September

Here are some photos from past Writing Festivals


Reginald Dwayne Betts, Keynote, 2016 Writing Festival

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Shannon Gibney, Keynote, 2019 Writing Festival

Michael Kleber-Diggs, Keynote, 2021 Writing Festival

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