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

November 23–24, 2019


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

 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 

What Attendees Have to Say about YWC:

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

2018 Mentors

Regie Gibson
Regie Gibson — Poet, songwriter, author, workshop facilitator, and educator

Rob Huckins
— Writer, teacher


Kat Bagley Maher

Kat Bagley Maher
— Science and environmental journalist


Jonathan Mendoza—Performance poet 

Tim Mudie
—Speculative fiction writer, editor 
Dan Sklar
Dan Sklar — Screenwriter, poet, Professor of Creative Writing at Endicott College and faculty editor of the undergraduate literary magazine The Endicott Review
Elizabeth H. Winthrop Novelist and Professor of Creative Writing at Endicott College
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