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We are accepting applications for Fall 2017. For information, call or email Shelley Morgan, Director of Admissions.

The 29th 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, Kevin Carey, and Michelle Falkoff. 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.

For more information please contact Edith Fouser at efouser@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, 2015 conference participant 

2017 Mentors

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  • Tom Averill

    Tom Averill, Writer in Residence at Washburn University. An O. Henry Award short story writer, Thomas Fox Averill is Writer-in-residence and Professor of English at Washburn University of Topeka. His 2011 novel, rode, inspired by Jimmy Driftwood's "Tennessee Stud," was published by the University of New Mexico Press, which in 2012 reprinted Averill's Secrets of the Tsil Cafe and in 2014 published his most recent novel, A Carol Dickens Christmas. Averill's short story collections are Passes at the Moon (1985), Seeing Mona Naked (1989), and Ordinary Genius (2005--the inaugural book in the University of Nebraska Press Flyover Fiction Series). His nonfiction books are What Kansas Means to Me (edited in 1991) and collected radio commentaries Oleander's Guide to Kansas: How You Know When You're Here. He has published hundreds of short stories, poems, essays and articles in literary and scholarly journals. 
  • Kevin Carey

    Kevin Carey teaches in the English Department at Salem State University. His work has won Best of the Net 2011 and was a finalist for The Million Writers Award in 2012. His co-written screenplay, Peter’s Song, won Best screenplay at 2009 New Hampshire Film Festival. He has published a chapbook of fiction The Beach People, from Red Bird Chapbooks, WI (2014) and a book of poetry The One Fifteen to Penn Station, from Cavankerry Press, N.J. (2012). In 2013 Kevin co-produced and directed a documentary film about New Jersey poet Maria Mazziotti Gillan, called All That Lies Between Us. His one act plays have been staged at The New Works Festival, The New Hampshire Theater Project and The Endicott College One Act Play Festival. His latest book of poetry, Jesus Was a Homeboy, is due out in the fall of 2016. (Cavankerry Press). Kevin also coaches seventh grade basketball in Beverly, MA. You can read more at www.kevincareywriter.com.
  • 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.

Quick Facts

When: February 3 & 4, 2017

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

Fee: $80, includes lunch both days and continental breakfast Saturday. Scholarships are available. Please make checks payable to Waring School.

How to Apply:

  • If you are a student, we encourage you to apply through your English teacher. If this is not possible, please contact the conference coordinators directly at efouser@waringschool.org or ghoward@waringschool.org
  • If you are a teacher, please register your students, and feel free to accompany them to the conference.
Please fill out the Online Registration and Online Payment forms on this page. Or, you may print out and mail the registration form below with a check for $80 to:

Edith Fouser
Waring School 
35 Standley Street
Beverly, MA 01915 

Registration Deadline: January 27, 2017

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