Creative Writing

* Creative Writing Picture 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 to follow, as well as another year-ending Writing Workshop.

SCC Literary Magazines:

* Divine Muses 2008
* Beautiful Chaos 2010-11

Past Visiting Authors

John BrhelHorror, Paranormal, Fantasy
homepage: John Brhel | Amazon: John Brhel

C.W. BriarMystery, Fantasy, Horror
homepage: C.W. Briar | Amazon: C.W. Briar

Bryan DavisChristian Teen Fantasy.
homepage: Davis Crossing | Amazon: Bryan Davis

Claudia GabelTeen Fiction/Science Fiction
homepage: Claudia Gabel | Amazon: Claudia Gabel

Andrei GuruianuPoetry
homepage: Andrei Guruianu | Amazon: Andrei Guruianu | Poetry Foundation: Andrei Guruianu

Jacob HaddonEditor
homepage: The Jake of All Trades | publication: Lamplight Magazine

Nancy HolznerUrban Fantasy
homepage: Nancy Holzner | Ithaca College: Faculty: Nancy Holzner | Amazon: Nancy Holzner

Daniel G. KeohaneHorror/Speculative Fiction
homepage: Scary Monkeys and Other Childhood Phobias | Amazon: Daniel G. Keohane

Bracken MacleodHorror
homepage: Bracken Macleod | Amazon: Bracken Macleod | Ginger Nuts of Horror: Views From The Wood: An Interview With Bracken Macleod

James A. MooreHorror
homepage: Official Website of Author James A. Moore | blog: genrefied | Amazon: James A. Moore | Twitter: @jamesamoore | Wikipedia: James A. Moore

Joshua Palmatier
homepage: Joshua Palmatier | Amazon: Joshua Palmatier

Norman Partridge
homepage: American Frankenstein | Amazon: Norman Partridge | Wikipedia: Norman Partridge

Norman PrentissHorror/Suspense
homepage: Norman Prentiss | Amazon: Norman Prentiss

Paul D. SmithFantasy
Amazon: Paul D Smith

Phil Tomasso (writing as Thomas Phillips) – Suspense/Thriller
homepage: Phil Tomasso | Amazon: Phillip Tomasso

Rio YouersHorror/Thriller/Speculative Fiction
homepage: Rio Youers | Amazon: Rio Youers

Past Workshop Instructors

Maurice Broaddus
homepage: Maurice Broaddus | Amazon: Maurice Broaddus | Wikipedia: Maurice Broaddus

Ronald Malfi
homepage: Ronald Malfi | Amazon: Ronald Malfi | Wikipedia: Ronald Malfi

Tom MonteleoneHorror/Thriller/Suspense/Science Fiction
Amazon: Tom Monteleone | Wikipedia: Thomas F. Monteleone | Cemetery Dance: Thomas F. Monteleone

Mary SanGiovanni
homepage: Mary SanGiovanni | Amazon: Mary SanGiovanni

F. Paul Wilson
homepage: | Amazon: F. Paul Wilson | Wikipedia: F. Paul Wilson

Recent News

May 31, 2018
May 30th and 31st, award-winning fantasy and horror author James A. Moore capped off the Creative Writing class’s Visiting Writers Series with a two day workshop in which he personally critiqued submissions from the Creative Writing Class. He also spoke in the library to a group of students about writing and publishing, the mechanics of writing a short story, and why he writes full-time AND works full time.

May 18, 2018
On May 18th, acclaimed thriller author Bracken Macleod spoke with Creative Writing students and other English students about writing and publishing, about working in other jobs before becoming a writer, and about the ongoing process of Warner Brothers Television developing his first novel Stranded into a miniseries.

April 20, 2018
Acclaimed Urban Fantasy author, Nancy Holzner, spoke with Creative Writing students and other Seton students today about the realities of writing for a living,
the vocational importance of writing, and how her studies of Medieval Literature provided inspiration for her popular series, Deadtown. Below is a link of her speaking to the Creative Class about the realities of writing for a living, and a link of her reading a portion of her novel to Seton students in the library.

Creative Writing Class:

Reading in Library:

March 23, 2018
Local Fantasy Author Paul D. Smith spoke with the Creative Writing class today about the unique nature of writing fiction for young adults, and the realities of funding self-publishing ventures.

YouTube Link:

March 9, 2018
Local author CW Briar spoke with the Creative Writing class today, talking about being a “hybrid” writer pursuing both traditional and self-publishing; writing characterization, theme and symbolism, and how he goes about enfolding spiritual and moral themes into his fiction.

YouTube Link:

CW Briar

February 9, 2018
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:

John Brhel

February 2018
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:

Anyone can contribute almost any amount. Donations can also be made directly to the school. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
Acclaimed fantasy author Joshua Palmatier spoke with the Creative Writing class about world building and setting.

Youtube Link:

November 30th, 2017
Mr. Lucia’s 10 Honors class did a video-conference with Norman Prentiss.

Video #1: Who is your favorite author?

Video #2: Do you develop plot or character first?

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