North Shore Young Writers Conference

An Immersive Day 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, Enzo Silon Surin, and Kevin Carey. The workshop will culminate in a group reading of student work created during the day. Participants may experiment with different styles of creative writing, including poetry, fiction, and personal essay. Students will have an opportunity to work in small groups with each mentor over the course of the day. 

Conference Details

When:  February 2, 2024, 8:30 - 5:00

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 Jill Sullivan 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 a day 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. Specific conference details coming soon!

Cost: $50

Scholarships: Waring School is committed to making the workshop affordable for as many writers as possible. Contact Jill Sullivan for scholarship information. 

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2024 Mentors


book photo c. michaelsColleen Michaels is the author of Prize Wheel (Small Bites Press, 2023), the editor of  Salem Power: Poems from the 2014 Improbable Places Poetry Tour (Derby Wharf Light Box, 2023), and coauthor, along with Kevin Carey, of the chapbook, Olympus Heights (Lily Poetry Review, 2023). Her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Passages North, Nixes Mate, The Paterson Review, Cider Press Review, Barrelhouse, Modern Grimoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables and Folklore (Indigo Ink Press), and Raising Lilly Ledbetter:Women Poets Occupy the Work Space (Lost Horse Press). Her poems have been commissioned as installations for The Massachusetts Poetry Festival, The Peabody Essex Museum, and The Trustees of Reservations. She directs the Writing Studio at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts, where she began the Improbable Places Poetry Tour, bringing poetry to unlikely places like tattoo parlors, laundromats, and swimming pools.  Yes, in the swimming pool.


Enzo Silon Surin is a Haitian-born award-winning poet, author, educator, speaker, publisher, and social advocate. He has Screenshot 2023-11-30 at 8.06.32 AMtaught, performed, and lectured at schools, universities, festivals and serves as a keynote speaker on topics such as social justice, mental health reform, the immigrant experience, and racial disparities. He is the author of four collections of poetry, including American Scapegoat (Black Lawrence Press, 2023) and When My Body Was A Clinched Fist (2020), winner of the 21st Annual Massachusetts Book Awards. He is also Publisher at Central Square Press and Founder/Executive Director at the Faraday Publishing Company, a nonprofit literary services and social advocacy organization.



Kevin Carey Photo by Stephenie YoungKevin Carey is Coordinator of Creative Writing at Salem State University. Books include: The Beach People (2014)The One Fifteen to Penn Station (2012), Jesus Was a Homeboy (2016) which was an Honor book for the Paterson Literary Prize, & Set in Stone (2020). His poems have appeared on The Writers Almanac on National Public Radio three times and on The Academy of American Poets Poem a Day. Kevin is also a playwright and a filmmaker. He has co-directed & co-produced two documentaries about poets, All That Lies Between Us and Unburying Malcolm Miller. A crime novel,Murder in the Marsh, from Darkstroke Books, was released in October (2020). A new novel Junior Miles and the Junkman was out in September of 2023 from Fitzroy Books / Regal House Publishing and a co-written collection Olympus Heights (Lily Poetry Review) was out in October of 2023. He is the co-founder of Molecule: a tiny lit