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Aug 19


 Silence. “The house was dead quiet ...” Finish the story...
Oct 26


Tell us your best ghost story. Real or imagined, original or passed down through family and friends. Let's get in the halloween spirit!
Aug 19


Photo3-Lights. Write a piece inspired by this photo (by Alagich Katya, Creative Commons license).
Sep 20

YWP Stories

Everyone has a YWP story. We want to hear yours! How has this site helped you? How have you grown? What did you find here that was unexpected? Can you describe a YWP moment that changed your perception of yourself, or gave you a new lease on life? What have you gained from getting comments or being published or connecting with other writers and artists?

In addition to making us feel warm and fuzzy, your stories will help us grow this site! We plan to publish your tales all over (anonymously, if you wish) as videos, sound bites and text stories. They'll let other kids know what they can gain by joining and help funders understand what YWP is and why it matters. 

Thanks to all who have responded to earlier versions of this challenge and to those who plan to respond with a new story.  We're standing by, ready to comment!



Sep 19

Nov 5 - Fall Conference

Create work using words, photos, sound, poetry, humor and performance... all in one whirlwind day! At Young Writers Project's Fall Conference, you'll get to try out ALL of the workshops in the morning and then choose two to dive into in the afternoon. We'll have an open mic at lunch where you can present some of your newest work. Oh, and don't forget the prize drawings! We'll give away books, chocolate and a super-secret, extra-special grand prize. Read on for schedule and other important details.

Daily Read

Oct 24

First Snowfall

Thought I would go out and take some photographs as the first snow fall lasted :)
Oct 23
in poem 2 Comments challenge: Beauty
Della's picture


i'm not talking about
i'm talking about
this moment
that we share
side by side
talking about
and everything
quiet laughter
no need
to do anything
be anywhere
except here
amid this
Oct 24

Now, I See

I can't believe
it took until now
for me to notice
your vicious ways.

You made me feel special.
You made me feel important.
But because you
don't love me anymore,
I must not be.

It took the pain
of losing you
for me to know
the truth.
About your cowardice,
your deceit.

Now that I'm
not your target,
I can see
how I was played.

I can see how
you do the same to others,
you charm your way in.
You convince them,
that they can lean
on you, you'll support them.
Until you want to leave,
so they crumble down,
like I did.

You broke me,
yet I almost wish
I was still the one,
you would carry
to the top of that
beautiful mountain,

just to drop
off the cliff.

Apply Today!

Sep 15

YWP Academy -- Apply Now!

YWP Academy: a new area designed to help users learn specific writing and digital media skills, and explore specific topics -- now accepting applications for our pilot phase!

YWP seeks 75 enthusiastic folks aged 12-18 to explore YWP Academy and provide feedback. The application process is easy - just tell us who you are, why you're interested and what you want to learn. You'll be asked to participate in and review at least two "Playlists" between November 6 and December 31.

In exchange, we'll give you FREE year-long access to YWP Academy in 2017 (memberships are valued at $120 each). Questions? Send them to [email protected].

Aug 11

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, formal learning Playlists--offered for a small fee (or free if you can't afford.) This community has only one rule--RESPECT--which creates one of the most civil spaces on the Internet. We value that; if you know that your ideas will be supported, it's easy 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 who you say you are; THAT MEANS THERE WILL BE A DELAY BEFORE 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 personal information with anyone; the information is only viewable by YWP staff.
YWP retains the initial copyrights of submitted work; we do so to facilitate easy publication/presentation of your best work with our partners. HOWEVER, you are automatically granted full commercial rights to your work and 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

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 to help us provide this creative, respectful space for youths and to mentor them and publish their best work for free.

Credit card donations may be made securely through JustGive.org:


Or PayPal:

Check donations may be sent to:
Young Writers Project
47 Maple Street # 106
Burlington VT 05401

To learn more: youngwritersproject.org/about

Geoffrey Gevalt
YWP Founder and Director