Fifteen Hendrick Hudson High School students attended the 32nd Annual Young Authors Conference on March 12. The conference, hosted by Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES and held at Westchester Community College, is designed to recognize and encourage outstanding high school students who have demonstrated talent and interest in writing.
The students, who were accompanied by creative writing teacher Juliana Maye, were chosen for their passion and skill in the area of creative writing. Each young writer was able to attend three different workshops over the course of the day, ranging from poetry writing and novel publishing to screenplay crafting. Writing professionals led all of the workshops.
More than 300 students from high schools throughout the greater Hudson Valley attended the conference. Fred Ende, BOCES’ assistant director of curriculum and instruction and co-coordinator of the event, said that the conference remains true to its original “philosophy of supporting young writers in further honing their craft and celebrating all that writing is and can be.”
Two seniors on the trip, Larisa Bushkin and Ryan Arecco, also attended last year’s conference and were selected to participate in a Master Class in writing and editing earlier in the school year. The written pieces Larisa and Ryan created during that class are currently on the BOCES website, and are accessible through the following link: