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CHALLENGES

Aug 29

School's Back

School. It's back. Share your worries, excitement, apprehension, preparations, rituals... if you're feeling it, we want to hear about it! What do you expect this year to be like? Do you have good luck charms to help you usher in a successful new year?
 
Aug 07

General

Share your best writing of any category (including images, sound, digital stories).

#livechallenge
Oct 08

Feedback Frenzy

REACTIONS: This community now has more than 1,800 authors. Wow. Our intentions are to grow it to twice this size so there is a constant stream of traffic and energy. To do that, we need your help to build this community. Here's how:
  • Post a COMMENT to someone else's post. Tell the author what you notice, what moved you and, specifically, what you wondered about. Offer a suggestion if you can. Don't talk about spelling, grammar or punctuation unless you really really think it harms the content. NOTE: They'll get an email saying you posted a reaction. Maybe they'll return the favor!
  • INVITE A FRIEND. Click here or click the link below the ME menu (if you are logged in.) Know someone OUTSIDE of Vermont who'd have fun here? Know anyone down the street? Invite them.
#livechallenge
Apr 01

YWP Stories

We LOVE hearing from you about your experiences with YWP. Why do you like this site? How has it helped you? How have you grown? Describe the impact of getting comments or having your work selected for publication or connecting with others. Your stories help us improve our offerings. They also help funders understand what YWP is and why it matters. That, in turn, helps us raise money to keep the community going! Thanks to all who have responded already and to those who plan to respond. We're standing by, ready to comment!

#livechallenge


 

Daily Read

Aug 28
Worlds.Within.Words's picture

Summer of Stories

Dear Young Writers Project,

Today is the end of Summer of Stories. The thought echos around my head, swirling and sinking and possibly sloshing, weaving through all of the words I have written and read and loved.
It is so late, in the summer and in the night. School starts in two days and babysitting starts tomorrow at 8 AM. But I will stay up until past midnight, until it is tomorrow and it is not Summer of Stories anymore, if I have to.
I just read through August's Voice for the first time, greedily slurping up old favorites and new ones alike, smiling at all of them. The fact that I have read so many words this summer, created by other young people, real people who aren't dead or famous but SHOULD be (famous, not dead), is much more amazing than I've really considered. The fact that I can still go through and find new words that I haven't yet read, new people whose words I haven't yet been touched by, is staggering. And the fact that so many of those people, new and old, have read my words is liberating.
So then I went back through my blog, waded through it to the beginning of the summer, and read backwards. And as I read, my eyes started to go numb a little. Partly from staring at the computer screen for too long, but partly from the beginnings of tears. Tears of joy. Because every single word I read was my own, they emerged from my mind onto the page all in one summer, and I could hardly believe it. As I read I felt so many of the emotions I described: bliss and nostalgia, fascination and exhaustian, beauty and nostalgia, summer and fall. Beginning and end. I was reminded of how long the summer really was, how many wonderful things it was filled with, and my fears of having wasted it started to ease. Because I did so much, and if nothing else, I did this: I wrote. I did not write every day, not even close. But I stuck it out from beginning to end, the whole way through. At the beginning, I had community points in the 40s. Now I have community points in the 400s. And I did so much more than accumulate numbers, we all did. We wrote and we read and we commented and replied and we shared. And maybe, we changed a little bit for the better. I did.
So you, who is reading my sappy and half-asleep thoughts: thank you. You helped make this magical summer, and fragments of your words will probably surface in my thoughts years from now and I'll smile. And I hope that you, too, feel at least a fraction of my words, the ones you are reading right now.

Love,
Worlds.Within.Words

#summerofstories16
Aug 30
Fiona Ella's picture

An Unusual Conversation with the Doctor

"Yes, ma'am?" 
"Hello, Dr. Conway." 
"What seems to be the problem, ma'am?" 
Hesitation. 
Fingers fiddling with the fringe on her jacket. 
"Well, I ...
I haven't felt in the best of health lately. 
It doesn't make sense—
I've been excercising, and going to school, 
and spending time with my friends, 
and sleeping and eating well, 
and all those things that they tell you to do—
but I feel ill." 
Pulling out a notepad—
regarding the patient with concern. 
"Yes? 
Please describe your symptoms?" 
Biting her lip. 
Taking a deep breath—
more hesitation. 
"I think perhaps it's neurological, 
because sometimes I'll have a thought, 
and suddenly I'll feel dizzy and ill—
like the entire world is spiraling out of control. 
That's not normal, is it?" 

Happy Birthday YWP!

Aug 21
gg's picture

Happy Birthday YWP!

I still remember the moment. Aug. 22, 2006. I was standing in an elevator staring at the buttons. I was standing in an elevator at what was to be my new place of work -- a nondescript, office-park type building -- staring at unfamiliar elevator buttons trying to remember what floor my shared office was at. But mostly I was just staring, wondering, frozen, feeling a wave of doubt come over me -- a deceptive moment of clarity: What have you gotten yourself into this time? Are you crazy?

I pressed 3. The elevator doors shut. The elevator shook and then began moving up. Verrrryyy slowly. The doubts persisted: You left 33 years of journalism to come work here? To start a nonprofit? That tries to help kids write better? How is this going to work? What were you thinking?

The door opened on the third floor ...

And here we are 10 years later.

By our own conservative estimates, YWP has watched you -- 36,000 of you who've joined this site over the last decade -- post over 330,000 poems and stories and rants and reveals and comments in this community. The amazing thing? ALL of those posts have been respectful, or supportive. And all have represented your having taken a risk.

Aug 01
gg's picture

The Voice -- YWP's Monthly Digital Magazine

Each month, and with YWP community members' help, YWP assembles the very best writing, images, audio and video for display in The Voice, our monthly digital magazine. This magazine celebrates the very best that this community produces. If you would like to help out on this project, please contact Susan Reid, Publications Coordinator and editor of the magazine. Please help build the audience for this magazine, by posting a link on your social media channels or on other Web communities. Thanks!

New Photos

Aug 28
AboutToSnap's picture

Cow

Community Update

Aug 05
gg's picture

Site Update: Wow! A meteor!


OK, I have no pride. I've gone from a kitty to a baby. Just to get your attention.

But now that I have it...

We recently updated the MAIL system AND the notifications when you receive a comment. WOW! The impact has been amazing. Doug DeMaio of YWP says the increse in commenting has been fantastic! So glad.

ALSO, we have just created a NEW notification: You can OPT to receive an email if a post you commented upon is revised. This is handy to see the impact of your feedback AND to see how others are progressing on work you connected with! (TO RECEIVE THESE EMAILS, go to your profile, and click the EDIT tab, scroll down near the bottom -- above the legal-beagle agreement -- and check the box beside the words "Update Notify.")

ALSO COMING:
  • THE YWP DIGITAL LEARNING CENTER -- A place you can mess around and learn some stuff. We soon will accept applications for a small group of you to try out the PLAYLISTS we are creating. These will have fun, quick, powerful exercises to help you build skills or finish homework or dig deeper on interesting topics or all three. 
  • A HELP Center with easy-to-follow guides on how to do things on the site and how to wander around the site.
HIGHLIGHTS of work done so far this summer:
  • ADD MEDIA option on your blog now allows you to: upload multiple images (choose "Advanced upload", drag and drop as many as you'd like and they automatically become a slideshow); upload or record audio (under audio, click browse and RECORDER tab to record from your desktop/laptop (requires the dreaded Flash for the moment); embed video or audio; or upload video.
  • NEW COMMENTS: they refresh right away!
  • And, of course, a new look and a lot of behind the scenes stuff.

WHAT DO YOU THINK? -- Click and COMMENT!
 OR,  drop me an email or a private message!


gg

Aug 03

Help YWP Thrive!

Young Writers Project depends on your generosity to provide programs to thousands of youths. YWP  is a 501(c)3 nonprofit so all donations are tax deductible. Donate what you can —$25, $50, $100, or more — to help us provide this creative, respectful space for youths from all over and to mentor them and publish their best work for free.

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Young Writers Project
47 Maple Street # 106
Burlington VT 05401Thanks so much.


To learn more about YWP:  youngwritersproject.org/about or email me or call at 802-324-9537.

Geoffrey Gevalt
YWP Founder and Director