Are you Between 2 Worlds?

College bound?

Captivated by creative writing?

Curious about a career in writing?

It's not easy being in high school. As high school students, you are standing on the edge of one world and about to leap into another, unknown world. Even though you may have had the benefit of top-notch in-class instruction, you may still be feeling a fair amount of concern.

"Between 2 Worlds" is a one-day critical, creative and relevant high school writing conference designed to answer many of the questions students at this juncture may have -

How will college level instruction be like or different from what you're used to?

What writing skills are necessary to compete in the professional world?

What are the expectations of college writing professors, for example?

If I don’t go to college, what writing skills do I need to be successful in any career?

What opportunities will be available for you to explore creative writing?

What skills do you have now that could be sharpened and honed to help you in your future?

Come join experts in the field and learn how your aspirations can unfold in your academic and professional life beyond high school.

2019 High School Writing Conference "Between 2 Worlds"

This day-long conference will feature the expertise of nationally and internationally known instructors, writers, and maybe an artist or two. Including some from Salem and Keizer!

WHEN: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am---1:30 pm (check-in opens at 8 am, conference begins promptly at 8:30 am)

WHERE: Broadway Commons, 1300 Broadway St NE, Salem Oregon 97301

WHO: Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who plan on continuing their education after High School

COST: FREE – we anticipate generous sponsors again this year, which will make this affordable for all students. If you’d like to be part of this great conference via a sponsorship please contact Gina at

TRANSPORTATION: All students enrolled in the Salem Keizer School District have access to transportation via their district at no cost to the student. All other schools, districts and participants will need to make arrangements for transportation to and from the conference

COURSES: Students will have the opportunity to hone their creative and critical writing skills across a wide spectrum of genres (fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction/memoir, college composition writing, screenwriting) in a supportive and nutritive environment. They will also have an opportunity to share their work during an open mic session and receive one-on-one feedback during mentor meetings with nationally and internationally recognized writers.

2019 Keynote Speaker Rosanne Perry:

Rosanne Parry is the author of six award-winning middle grade novels and one picture book. Her most recent are The an Irish immigration story set during the American Civil War, Last of the Name and a wildlife adventure story, A Wolf Called Wander. She has run the League of Exceptional Writers, a free mentoring program for young writers for nine years. She is a part-time book monger at Annie Blooms Books. She lives with her family in Portland and writes in a treehouse in her back yard.