Opposite. We think a lot about who we are and what we want to be. Now think about what and who you are not – and create a character, your alter-ego. (It could be physical attributes, emotional states, abilities, skills, etc.)
Erase. You are given the chance to erase something you have done or a memory that haunts you. Do you take the chance? If so, what do you erase and why? If you don't want to take the chance, why not?
Can you do us a favor?
In seven minutes, can you
- Tell us what you found here, at Young Writers Project, that was unexpected?
- Or, describe a YWP moment that changed your perception in some way?
- Or, tell us what have you gained from getting comments, being published or connecting with other writers in a safe space?
What needs action now? In a forceful and eloquent speech on April 4, 1967, Martin Luther King Jr. came out against the Vietnam War. This was an unpopular position at the time, but it opened an intense dialogue on the disparity of African-Americans serving and dying in that war. It was part of what gave impetus to the rising public opposition to the war that resulted, six years later, with its end. In his speech, King called on citizens -- much as President Obama did last week -- to take action; and King said the time for that action is NOW:
We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.
As you think of his words, as you look around at your own world, what issues do you think require immediate action? Why? Submit original words, images, sound and/or video. Deadline: End of day, Tuesday Jan. 17.
This special prompt is timed around both MLK's birthday and the inauguration of a new President. We are also partnering with Dartmouth College to hold an event and workshop -- featuring renown writer Jo Knowles -- on Feb. 3 in Hanover to create and share work. This early deadline -- Jan. 17 -- is so YWP can publish a few of the best submissions -- poems, stories, music, spoken word pieces, digital stories, short narrative essays -- around the theme of civic and community action in the upcoming issue of The Voice.
P.S. This is NOT an academic essay contest. We welcome well-reasoned essays, of course, but any genre will do.