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Introducing the Accomplished Mentors of Waring’s 32nd North Shore Young Writers Conference (01/31-02/01)


Every winter for the past 32 years, Waring School has hosted the North Shore Young Writers Conference (NSYWC). The conference, led by professional, award-winning authors, includes two days of intensive writing, engaging workshops, and inspirational readings.

This year’s conference, which will take place on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1, will be led by the following distinguished authors and writing instructors.

Colleen Michaels joins NSYWC from Montserrat College of Art where she directs the college’s Writing Studio and hosts The Improbable Places Poetry Tour, which brings poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats, and swimming pools across Massachusetts. Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Barrelhouse, The Paterson Literary Review, Mom Egg Review, and Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse Press). Her poems have been commissioned as installations by the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Trustees of Reservations. She serves on the Board of Trustees for the Beverly Public Library and is a member of the Beverly Cultural Council.

Joining NSYWC by way of Salem State University is Kevin Carey, SSU’s Coordinator of Creative Writing. He has published three books–a chapbook of fiction, The Beach People (Red Bird Chapbooks), and two books of poetry from CavanKerry Press, The One Fifteen to Penn Station and Jesus Was a Homeboy, which was selected as an Honor Book for the 2017 Paterson Poetry Prize. Kevin is also a filmmaker and playwright. His latest documentary film, Unburying Malcolm Miller, about a deceased Salem, MA, poet, premiered at the Mass Poetry Festival in 2016. His new stage play “The Stand or Sal is Dead,” a murder mystery comedy, opened in Newburyport, MA, at The Actor’s Studio in 2018. A new collection of poems Set in Stone is forthcoming in May of 2020.

Ralph Sneeden joins NSYWC from Phillips Exeter Academy where he is the B. Rodney Marriott Chair in the Humanities and leads the Exeter Humanities Institute. His book, Evidence of the Journey (Harmon Blunt, 2007) was a finalist for the Yale Series of Younger Poets, The Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, and also received honorable mention for the Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize. The title poem was awarded the Friends of Literature Prize from Poetry magazine. His poems and personal essays have appeared in AGNI, American Poetry Review, The Common, Down East, Ecotone, Harvard Review, The Kenyon Review, The New Republic, New England Review, Ploughshares, Slate, The Surfer's Journal, and many other magazines. He has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the American School in London.

Click here to learn more about the North Shore Young Writers Conference.

Registration is open throughout January, and scholarship information is available upon request at scarlsonlier@waringschool.org

Topics: community writing

Graham Pearsall
Written by Graham Pearsall

Waring School's Communications Manager