Young Writers Conference

What is the YWC?

 The Young Writers Conference offers a valuable opportunity for teenage writers to develop their craft with mentors who are published authors and working writers. 
Supported and encouraged by these mentors, attendees have the opportunity 

  • work closely with and learn from dynamic, published writers
  • gain exposure to various genres of writing
  • learn about the writing process from idea to publication
  • garner feedback on their writing
  • develop ideas for future writing projects
  • meet like-minded peers 


"I loved having a weekend...surrounded by peers...who were just as enthusiastic about writing! I learned a lot about myself, got some useful tips on how to improve my writing, and the food was great!" - 12th grader

"The Young Writers Conference...made me a better writer by helping me be more creative and willing to take risks when writing." - 9th grader

"In school, most of the writing we do is analytical. Participating in the YWC over the past few years has exposed me to forms of writing that I am now very fond of like slam poetry and fiction." - 11th grader

"I've found the advice that the published writers give is priceless for improving my writing, and I cannot wait to go back next year to meet new mentors and hear their pointers on how to improve my writing." -11th grader

"When I attended YWC my freshman year, I found that I was surrounded by passionate, engaged writers and thinkers. That experience challenged my writing and thought process." - 10th grader

November 23–24, 2019

A weekend of learning for writers of poetry,
fiction, and non-fiction in Grades 8 through 12
from the greater Worcester area.

Cost: $90 per writer 

(includes a light breakfast and full lunch each day)

Registration Deadline is Friday, November 15th


2019 Mentors

Regie Gibson – Poetry

Veteran YWC mentor, poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator Regie Gibson has performed, taught, and lectured at schools, universities, theaters and various other venues on two continents and in seven countries including Havana Cuba. Regie and his work appear in the New Line Cinema film Love Jones, based largely on events in his life.

Rodger Martin – Journalism

Author of All The Tea in Zhōngguó, (2019), The Battlefield Guide, (2010, 2013), and The Blue Moon Series (2007). Rodger teaches journalism at Keene State College.

Kate McIntyre – fiction

Writer and Assistant Professor of creative writing at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Phil O'Donoghue – Playwriting

Assistant Professor of Theater and English at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), where he teaches playwriting, acting and theater literature. 

Laina Pruett – Fiction

Laina Pruett's fiction has appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of The Gettysburg Review, the Winter 2014 issue of Prairie Schooner, and in the BU Alumni Journal, 236. She was in residence at Yaddo during summer 2014, is a recipient of the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner award, was a 2011 Robert Pinsky Global Fellow, and is a fiction editor at The Worcester Review. She holds an MFA in fiction from Boston University. 

Sam Rush – Poetry

Finalist at the National Poetry Slam in 2016. Their work has been featured or is forthcoming in The OffingThe Journal, and Drunk in a Midnight Choir.

Kate Senecal – Fiction

Assistant Director of Pioneer Valley Writers' Workshop, and a workshop facilitator for Writers for Recovery in Vermont. Her fiction has been published in The Laurel ReviewThe Foundling Review, and in, where she was the fiction editor for two years before it stopped publication.

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