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.
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 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.
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.