Worcester’s premier college-preparatory co-ed day school serving students from Central MA and MetroWest, Pre-K–Grade 12


November 17–18, 2018


BYWC Video

A weekend of learning

for writers of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction

in Grades 8 through 12

from the greater Worcester area.

 The Bancroft 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 to

  • 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 

What Attendees Have to Say about BYWC:

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 BYWC 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

2017 Mentors

Regie Gibson
Regie Gibson — Poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator
Cal Armistead
Cal Armistead — Young adult novelist
KE Rocha
KE RochaAuthor of Secrets of Bearhaven and a story developer for Egg in the Hole Productions
Dan Sklar
Dan Sklar — Screenwriter, poet, Professor of Creative Writing at Endicott College and faculty editor of the undergraduate literary magazine The Endicott Review.
James Beschta
 Jim Beschta — Poet, author, writing and English teacher
Kat Bagley Maher
 Kat Bagley Maher — Science and environmental journalist
Sam Rush  — Performance poet


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