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May 14, 2021 @ 5:45 pm - May 15, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

North Country Young Writers’ Festival

Save the Date! May 14-May 15, 2021

A Virtual Event Free to New Hampshire Residents


The North Country Young Writers’ Festival is a youth-focused, youth-driven event, from the logo (designed by a student from Gorham) to the festival workshops in creative writing (taught by college and graduate students) to the panels of readers (including New Hampshire’s Youth Poet Laureates and Poetry Ambassadors).

Hosted virtually this year by White Mountains Community College, this free festival is designed for 7th-12th students from New Hampshire with a casual interest in creative writing and also for those who are considering writing as their college major or profession.

With seven workshops on a range of topics (poetry, screenplays, short stories, flash nonfiction), a lively Submit-a-thon, readings with published authors, a chance to meet the state’s youth poet laureates (and learn how to become one), fun writing games with prizes, a marathon poem written over 48 hours, and the opportunity to join the editorial board of a new North Country student literary magazine, this festival will be a memorable experience!

Meet the high school students who dared to step on stage and memorize poems for Poetry Out Loud! Meet a Hollywood screenwriter who happens to live in Berlin, NH! Attend a reading by Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling Young Adult author! For the state’s teachers, we have a special opportunity, a Saturday workshop delivered by Penny Kittle, “Teaching Poetry to Transform Thinking About Writing.”

Find the Festival Schedule and Registration below. Priority Registration for residents of Coös County (NH); Essex County (Vermont); and Oxford County (Maine) until March 24, 2021, at which time registration will open to residents of other regions in New Hampshire.

For more information and to view the complete schedule click here.

Register here.

Want to become involved with the festival? Have questions? Email


May 14, 2021 @ 5:45 pm
May 15, 2021 @ 6:30 pm


NH United States