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.

The Beverly Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, awarded the Waring School a grant to fund scholarships for the upcoming North Shore Young Writers Conference.

For more information please contact Gallaudet Howard at ghoward@waringschool.org or at 978-927-8793.
It was a wonderful opportunity to study something that I love to do alongside peers who share that love.
-Reid Bradshaw, 2017 conference participant

2018 Mentors

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  • Tom Averill

    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.  
  • Michelle Falkoff

    Michelle Falkoff is the author of Playlist for the Dead, one of NPR's Great Books in 2015, and Pushing Perfect. She lives in Chicago.
  • January O’Neil

    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

    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.

Quick Facts

When: February 2 & 3, 2018

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Open to: High school students of the greater Boston area.

Fee: $80, includes lunch both days and continental breakfast Saturday.

If you are interested in a scholarship: Please contact Gallaudet Howard at ghoward@waringschool.org or at 978-927-8793. 

Registration Deadline: January 26, 2018