A creative community of respect for youths from anywhere.
(a cropped version of) Photo by Marley Doubleday, EHS
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(Application approval is not immediate. YWP verifies applicants' information to ensure a youth-only space. You'll get an email upon approval.)


Why Write?

Why write? Why do you write?
To help, some other questions: What happens to your mind when you are writing? What do you write? What happens when you share what you've written? What happens when your writing is published? How does it make you feel?


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 REACTION to someone else's post. Do it several times. In your reaction, 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 a private message 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.
Meet Balkisa, Hawa, Lena and Kiran. They're Muslim Girls Making Change: the first team in over a decade to represent Vermont in Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival. From now until July, they'll be practicing, performing and raising money for their trip - but they can't do it alone! MGMC needs an audience, donations and friends to spread the word. And they're counting on you! Pack their performances. Donate dollars if you can. MGMC is in it to win it - and with your help, they can! Read on for information about their upcoming performances and more!


Young Writers Project needs to raise $4500 in order to send Muslim Girls Making Change and their coaches to the Brave New Voices Festival and national slam poetry competition this July  - and we need your help!

All donations should be sent to Young Writers Project and are tax-deductible. Checks should be made out to Young Writers Project with a memo to let us know that it's for MGMC's trip.

You can donate
  • in person at any of the team's performances;
  • by sending a check to Young Writers Project offices at 47 Maple Street #106, Burlington, VT 05401; or
  • by card via secure PayPal transaction - just click the 'Donate' button below!
We will send you acknowledgement of your kindness. Thanks! 

Latest Issue


Celebration of Writing 2016

Join Young Writers Project in celebrating all writers and photographers who were selected for publication in the 2015-2016 school year! Whether you were selected for your local newspaper, a partner website or in the Anthology (everyone who was selected for the Anthology has already been notified by Susan Reid personally, via e-mail or phone call), we want to honor you with a party!

We'll gather at 7 pm on Friday, May 13, 2016 in the Film House at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center (60 Lake Street, Burlington) for sumptuous snacks and refreshments, moments of recognition and a stacked program of brilliant YWP writers reading their pieces selected for publication in Anthology 8. Grab your copies of the latest Anthology on your way out the door!

RSVP - Let us know you're coming by Friday, May 6, 2016!

How This Community Works

This site is a community that provides peer, mentor and professional support through reactions to individual posts, projects (youth-led, artist-supported initiatives) and, coming in September 2016, formal learning XPs (mini-exercises) and Playlists (a series of XPs) for a small fee (or free if you can't afford.)  This community has only one rule -- RESPECT -- which leads to it being one of the most civil spaces on the Internet. We value that; if you know that your ideas will be supported, you're more apt to try something new, to take a risk.

This site is open to all youths from anywhere. To ensure that youths -- and approved adults -- are the primary participants we:
  • Check the information you provide on your application to verify that you are real and are who you say you are; THAT MEANS THERE WILL BE A DELAY OF APPROVAL. Please be patient with us. 
  • IF information you provide is false, your application will not be approved. So please be accurate and truthful.
  • We do not share the personal information with anyone; the information is only viewable by YWP staff.
YWP retains the initial copyrights of all material submitted; we do that only to facilitate easy publication/presentation of your best work with our partners. HOWEVER, you are automatically granted back full commercial rights to your works and thus may do whatever you wish with your own material, without acknowledging YWP or seeking our permission. If any youth needs to be granted back the full copyright, we are happy to do so; simply email Geoffrey Gevalt, call him at 802-324-9537 or write him c/o Young Writers Project, 47 Maple St., Suite 106, Burlington, VT 05401

This site was hatched on Aug. 22, 2015, nine years to the day from when the first site was launched. (The old site can be found at archive.youngwritersproject.org.)  For more specifics on this site: