College of Arts and Sciences

WIU Writing Festival Spring 2020

The 7th annual Writing Festival was a huge success! We had over 90 students from 5 different regional high schools who had 21 choices of writing workshops to attend (11 from English!). President Abraham, Provost Clow, and Dean Martinelli-Fernandez all spoke to the students and stressed the importance of writing.

See the Writing Festival 2020 Workshops offered.

See the news release from University Relations (with pictures from event): WIU English Department Hosts Regional High Schools for Writing Festival

Writing Festival 2020


1st Place
Rebekah Armstrong
Burlington High School

2nd Place
Midnight Endearment
Presley Carmitchel
Burlington Community High School

3rd Place
A Puzzling Query
Taylor Holan-Neff
Burlington Community High School

Honorable Mentions

Emma G Utsinger
Love's Affections
Cuba High School

Lauren Haller
Burlington Community High School

Cheyenne Rodgers
Personal Letter
Cuba High School