North Shore Young Writers Conference

Two Days of Intensive Writing, Engaging Workshops, and Inspirational Readings Led by Professional, Award-winning Authors


Experiment Under the Mentorship of Accomplished Writers

The conference will feature a combination of writing workshops and readings led by published mentors. This year we are pleased to offer mentorship by authors Colleen Michaels, Kevin Carey, and Ralph Sneeden. The workshop will culminate in a group reading of student work created during the two days. Participants can experiment with different styles of creative writing, including poetry, fiction, and personal essay. Students will work both one-on-one and in small groups with their mentor.

Conference Details

When:  January 31 & February 1, 2020

Where: Waring School, Beverly, MA - Directions

Open to: High school students of the greater Boston area

Transportation: Waring will provide transportation to and from Beverly Depot Station for attendees taking the commuter rail. Contact Sarah Carlson-Lier at to organize pickup and drop-off times.

Description: The North Shore Young Writers Conference is an opportunity for students to unplug from social media and online distractions to participate in two days of intensive writing with like-minded peers. Award-winning authors will mentor students, give advice, and lead workshops as well as share their own writing with the group. Click here to view this year's schedule. Lunch and a light breakfast will be provided both days.


  • Both Days: $80.00
  • Friday Only: $50.00
  • Saturday Only $50.00

Scholarships: Waring School is committed to making the workshop affordable for as many writers as possible. Contact Sarah Carlson-Lier at for scholarship information. 


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2020 Mentors



Colleen Michaels directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she hosts The Improbable Places Poetry Tour, which brings poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats, and swimming pools. Yes, in the swimming pool. 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.

Kevin Carey photoKevin Carey is the Coordinator of Creative Writing at Salem State University. 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 on June 21 -  24, 2018. A new collection of poems Set in Stone is forthcoming in May of 2020. Learn more at

RSneeden1Ralph Sneeden's 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. He was born in Los Angeles but grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts and South Fork of Long Island.  He teaches in New Hampshire at Phillips Exeter Academy where he is the B. Rodney Marriott Chair in the Humanities and leads the Exeter Humanities Institute.