The 30th Annual North Shore Young Writers Conference
Two days of intensive writing, workshops and readings with professional authors
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 Tom Averill, Michelle Falkoff, and January O'Neill. 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.
Thomas Fox Averill, an O. Henry Award winner, is Professor Emeritus of English at Washburn University of Topeka. He has published four novels, and several story collections. His fifth novel, Found Documents from the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr, is due out from the University of New Mexico Press in February of 2018. He has been part of the North Shore Young Writers Conference since its inception, and always counts it a highlight of his year.
January Gill O’Neil is the author of two poetry collections, Misery Islands and Underlife, published by CavanKerry Press. A third collection, Rewilding, will be published by CavanKerry Press in fall 2018. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, an assistant professor of English at Salem State University, and board of trustee member with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and Montserrat College of Art. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles have appeared in the Academy of American Poet’s Poem-A-Day series, American Life in Poetry, Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac, American Poetry Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares, among others.
Misery Islands was selected for a 2015 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence. Additionally, Mass Center for the Book chose Misery Islands as a Must-Read Book for 2015 and it won the 2015 Massachusetts Book Award.
Previously, January was a senior writer/editor at Babson College. She earned her BA from Old Dominion University and her MFA at New York University. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Colette Sartor is an award-winning fiction writer and essayist whose work has been widely published in such places as the Chicago Tribune, Kenyon Review Online, Slice Magazine, Carve Magazine, Colorado Review, Prairie Schooner, and Harvard Review. Her writing also has been anthologized in Short Stories from Printers Row, Press 53 Open Awards Anthology, Law and Disorder: Stories of Conflict and Crime, and elsewhere. Colette received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow, as well as a psychology degree from Yale College and a JD from Harvard Law School. She has taught writing for over 15 years and currently teaches at UCLA Extension Writers’ Program as well as privately.
The Waring School offers a highly demanding college-preparatory education, for grades 6-12, which stresses liberal arts in the setting of a supportive school community. The Waring atmosphere is one in which both teachers and students want to learn and believe that school is not an end in itself but is the beginning of a lifelong learning process.