May 4, 2022

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Hosted by WriteBoston

Join us to celebrate the power of writing and learning.

Pros&Conversation is WriteBoston's annual fundraiser and chance to celebrate the accomplishments of our students, teachers, and community. The centerpiece of this event will be compelling one-on-one conversations between local authors and young writers from our Teens in Print program.

This year, celebrate one of two ways.

Attend In Person

Wednesday, May 4, 20226:00 to 8:00 pmThe UMass Club, One Beacon Street

Join us at the UMass Club in downtown Boston for a watch party! We’ll air 3 compelling conversations between local authors and student writers. You’ll have the chance to to mingle with some of our featured writers, pick up a free signed book, and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres with friends.

We’ll celebrate with a limited capacity of 120 guests and adhere to COVID-19 protocols in Boston.

Attend Virtually

Wednesday, May 4, 20226:00 to 7:00 pmHeld online

Watch the event stream online. You’ll enjoy three compelling conversations between our students and guest authors — all from the comfort of your own home.

Our Featured Writers

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Neema Avashia

Author of Another Appalachia: Coming up Queer and Indian in a Mountain Place. Civics and history teacher in Boston Public Schools. Regular contributor to WBUR’s Cognoscenti.

Jennifer De Leon

Author of White Space: Essays on Culture, Race, and Writing, the YA novel Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From, and editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education.

Anthony A. Jack

Author of The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students. Assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Qadra Abdullahi

Junior at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and Teens in Print writer

Bethany Soto-Gomez

Sophomore at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and Teens in Print writer

Sanjida Surovi

Senior at Boston International Newcomers Academy and Teens in Print writer

Our Event Committee

Sylvia Baedorf Kassis, MPH
Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center & Writer

Leigh Belanger
Writer & Editor

Caitlin Dodge

Andrea Goodman
Eastern Bank

Kimberly Hensle Lowrance

Sam Howe
Nixon Peabody LLP

Nicole Iannucci

Doris Iarovici
Writer & Psychiatrist

Jenny Leopold
Community Volunteer

Cynthia Mohr
Literary Enthusiast, Community Supporter, Philanthropist

Jeffrey C. Moore
Tishman Speyer

Joni Lee Rossi
Back Bay Staffing Group

Fredi Shonkoff
Executive and Leadership Coach

Betty Southwick
Founding Director, WriteBoston

David Taylor
Former Journalist & Newspaper Editor

Ruth Weinstein
Freshman Fresh Start

Contact Us

For more information about the event, including registration or sponsorship options, please contact Anne Shackleford, Director of Development & Communications, at