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Young Writers Conference

Fuel Your Passion. Get Inspired.

The Bancroft Young Writers Conference welcomes both middle school and high school students, offering a valuable opportunity for young writers to develop their craft with mentors who are published authors and working writers. In a weekend of learning for all creative writers in Grades 6 through 12 from the greater Worcester area, middle and high school students will be grouped in grade-appropriate workshops, with a one-day experience for Middle School, and a one or two-day experience for High School. 

This inclusive event is supported and encouraged by experienced mentors, providing attendees with the chance to work closely with - and learn from - dynamic, published writers. Participants will gain exposure to various genres of writing, learn about the writing process from idea to publication, and receive constructive feedback on their work. Whether you're in middle school or high school, this conference is an excellent opportunity to enhance your writing skills and connect with a community of passionate writers.

Young Writers Conference 2024

January 27 & 28, 2024

Middle School:

Saturday only, 8:30 am to 3:00 pm


High School:

Saturday 8:30 am to 3:00 pm & Sunday 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Saturday only - $75.00

Saturday & Sunday - $110.00

*Breakfast and lunch are provided on both days and included in the cost of registration.


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. We strive to open a space for people who are curious, who wonder about how to get better at writing, how to develop their voices, and gain confidence to share their work with an audience.  

10th Grader Testimonial

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

11th Grader Testimonial (2)

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

11th Grader Testimonial

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

9th Grader Testimonial

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

9th grader

12th Grader Testimonial

"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

Supported and encouraged by these mentors, you will have the opportunity to:

  • encourage your self-expressive, creative, and artistic writing in a non-judgmental environment
  • cultivate a joy of writing, and participate in a community of writers
  • share your passion with your peers 
  • 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 from experienced writers
  • learn how to give quality feedback and how to receive feedback
  • develop ideas for future writing projects
  • use your writing to collaborate with other writers and artists
Young Writers Conference


Carolyn Oliver

Mandy Gonzalez

Alan W. Holt

Renée Lukas

YWC Mentor

Chloe Selavka

Chloe YWC

Bethany Brookshire

Bethany Brookshire YWC