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Sep 26

Debate One

Tonight marks an important milestone in the 2016 presidential election--the first debate between the Democratic and Republican nominees, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

We want your reactions. We're open to all views and opinions, as long as they abide by the one and only Young Writers Project rule: Be Respectful.

If you're having trouble deciding how to approach this as a writing topic, here are two ideas:

1. Messages. How could you boil down the messages (words, implications, attitudes etc.) of each candidate into a single paragraph?

2. Sound Off. Watch part of the debate with the volume turned off. What are your reactions to the posture, body language, facial expressions? What do they tell you about the candidates? What might they have been saying?

(image courtesy of yahoo news)

Aug 19


Brainstorm. Create a single blog post on youngwritersproject.org where you list all your story ideas. Start with a few from your own life, and keep adding as more come to mind. Use this blog to spark your creativity through the year. Click here for inspiration.
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!


Aug 07


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


School's Back

Aug 29

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?

BONUS PHOTO CHALLENGE:  Take photos on your camera or phone to document a day in the life of your school. (Remember to get the OK from your principal and/or teachers and the subjects of your photos.) Upload your photos under Add Media. We'll publish the best in an upcoming issue of The Voice!


Sep 15

YWP Digital Learning Center -- Apply Now!

The YWP Digital Learning Center is now accepting applications for its pilot phase.

YWP seeks 75 enthusiastic youths aged 12-18 to explore the Digital Learning Center and provide honest feedback. The application process takes three minutes - just tell us who you are and why you're interested. You'll obtain a free, year-long membership to the Digital Learning Center and be asked to participate in and review at least two writing and/or digital media Playlists by December. Questions? Send them to ggevalt@youngwritersproject.org.


Weekend Read

Sep 23
in fiction 4 Comments challenge: Object
jessie.daigle's picture

A Place to Get Used To

I was bought from a small store in a small town in Northern Vermont. I was your average souvenir-y knicknack: a small stuffed moose. On my stomach was a green heart, bearing the letters VT. There were various sizes of moose like me. I was the smallest. The larger ones typically went first, so I was pleasantly surprised when I was taken from my spot on the shelf.

    A small girl picked me up and showed me to her mother. I smiled, wanting so badly to be taken home with this family. The mother was on her phone, chatting away with a friend, maybe. She doesn’t pay much attention to her daughter, just glancing at her and giving her a fake smile that doesn’t travel to her eyes. It makes me sad.

    The girl looks down, frowning. I half expect her to burst into tears, or start throwing a fit. Instead, she walks back to the shelf and sets me down. Now I feel like bursting into tears.

    I watch the girl, who is watching her mother. The girl sits on a bench, studying her mother. They have many similar features: the same long, brown, curly hair; the same shade of blue eyes; the same hooked nose. I wonder what the father looks like.

    After a few minutes, the girl gets bored and stands up. Her mother is still talking on the phone, paying no attention at all. The girl looks around the store, looks back at her mom, and then slips out the front door. Her mom is leaning over a jewelry case, marveling over the necklaces and rings and bracelets that she’ll never own. Her daughter is narrowly crossing the busy street.

I push myself forwards, using every ounce of stuffing inside me. I’m able to push myself off the shelf and fall onto a stack of bells. The mom jumps, and looks around, finally realizing that her daughter is gone.

“Rosie?” she calls, looking at me. I’ve managed to land pointing in the direction of the door. Rosie had already made it across the road and entered a different store. The mom threw her phone into her purse and rushed across the street. I can’t help but wonder if I’ll see either of them again. That thought makes me incredibly doleful.

in memoriam

Sep 16

Poet Leland Kinsey dies

I learned this morning a great sadness: Leland Kinsey died of lymphoma at the age of 66. Leland was, I think, one of the greatest poets to live and work in Vermont. And that's saying something. There have been, there are, so many. Let's just leave the list at Robert Frost.

But I think Leland's poetry had far more substance, far more depth, far more intricacy than Frost's. I should change the tense. Because Leland's poetry lives on. His poetry will continue to make you feel, make you think, make you see. His legacy.

Leland Kinsey's poems are almost always about Vermont but they are more than that. They capture the texture, the soul, the humanity of Vermont, and the parts you can't see, the details you miss. Which, I guess, is the definition of a great writer -- someone who helps you see what you hadn't seen.

Story Exhibition

Sep 26


 Conversations From the Open Road
A unique nonprofit that takes youths on storytelling experiences around the country

 2016 Story Collections

 WHERE: Burlington City Arts, Church St., Burlington
 WHEN: Thursday, September 29th
WHAT TIME:  Doors open at 6, Films start at 6:30
 Q & A to follow each collection

maya from Conversations From the Open Road on Vimeo.

Aug 03

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