What is this project?
Young Writers Project Inc. is an independent non-profit that aims to engage youths in writing, help them get better at it and publish their work to external audiences. YWP has four parts (for more detail, click here):
- Online. This site, youngwritersproject.org, is a civil online community for teens to share work, submit to our publication partnerships, give and receive feedback and engage in respectful creative risk.
- Publications. YWP publishes best work in 22 newspapers and on Vermont Public Radio, mostly on a weekly basis. It receives from 100-400 submissions a week. For more information, click here.
- YWP Schools Project. YWP provides extensive professional development and mentoring services to teachers, some of which includes a digital platform for teachers to use as digital classrooms. For more information, click here.
- North by North Project: The NxN Project- Center for Creative Expression is a community-based, youth-driven project based at our headquarters at 12 North St., Burlington, VT 05401 with projects, workshops, events at the Center and throughout the city. For more, click here
How can I support this project?
YWP is dependent on the generosity of many people to support our work. We need your financial help. We are always looking for strong writers to serve as mentors and other volunteers are needed on a project basis. For more, contact Geoffrey Gevalt at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone him at 802-324-9537
Who can participate in the project?
The Project is open to all students in Vermont and select school systems in greater Lebanon, N.H. The Project focuses on grades 5 through 12, but students in the lower grades are welcome to participate -- and do.
How can students participate in YWP?
The primary way students take part in Young Writers Project is to submit their writing for review and potential publication in our member newspapers or on Vermont Public Radio or in our stage partnerships. Students can send in general work they've done at home or in class and/or they can respond to the weekly writing prompts YWP has set for the year. These prompts have been chosen by other students and teachers throughout the region.
How can students submit writing for publication? Register for an account (takes a day for us to verify and activate), login, click on the 'WRITE' button on the top left, add 'podcast' audio narration and/or image as appropriate, give the piece a title, add work to 'Body', choose a genre and click 'YES' at the bottom of the page when asked if this is a submission; fill out the rest of the material and SAVE.
How does a student or teacher know a YWP submission has been received?
After you submit, a page appears that says "Thank you for submitting your work." This means the work has been received and put into our database.
How is the student work selected for publication? We have a rotating team of student judges who vote on which student pieces should be published. These students are extremely hard-working and careful and do an excellent job. If you are a student and wish to become a judge, click here to send an e-mail to YWP's Publications Editor, Susan Reid.
How can teachers participate in YWP? Teachers can use the YWP prompts in their classroom and submit their students' best work by clicking on "submit writing" or "submit art" on this Web site. They can invite the YWP writers and editors into their classrooms. (For more, e-mail Geoffrey Gevalt, YWP Editor) They also can sign up for any of our professional development programs or our digital platform designed specifically to enhance writing in schools, by going to ywpschools.net for more information.
What can students do on this Web site if they register? They can write a blog, give and receive comments on their work, do a recording of their work directly on their blog, create photo galleries and chat. ,
How does a student or teacher register for this site? A student must be 13 years or over -- or have parental consent -- to participate on the Web site. (If you are under 13, please have your parents fill out and send in the permissions form which can be found by clicking here. In the upper left hand corner is a box called "User login" which has a link: "Register" Click that, fill out the form, submit and verify through a link sent to your e-mail account.
What happens to my personal information? Personal information will NOT be shared and is NOT visible to any other user. YWP will use a student's e-mail to verify, to contact the student if his or her Web work is to be used additionally or to update students and teachers on YWP activities.
How do I change my password? When you login with the numerical password given to you by this site, go to "My Account" and click "edit" and change "account settings." Choose a password you can remember, but if you ever forget or need help, send an e-mail to Doug Demaio, YWP's editor and webmaster.
If I am under 13 and want to participate on the Web site what does he or she do? Write to the Young Writers Project editor to obtain a parental consent form by clicking here
What else can students do? Judge student work. If interested, email Susan Reid.<a href="mailto:email@example.com>click here.
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Can I have a greater role on the Web? We are looking for YWP Lead Writers. These students would lead discussions and writing on this site, commenting, writing their own blogs or responding to discussions on the forum. Because this is a new site, students are sometimes hesitant about joining in. We need bold, articulate students who want to sign up to actively write, comment and discuss on this site. INTERESTED? Send an e-mail to Geoffrey Gevalt, YWP Editor.
What do the Terms & Conditions mean? In order for YWP to publish student work, it must assure the newspapers (and other publications) that it has the rights to authorize publication of the student work. Therefore, YWP "owns" the copyrights to the work. However, any student can retain the commercial rights to all his or her work forever simply by writing the YWP editor, Geoffrey Gevalt, and requesting those rights. The commercial rights allow a student to do whatever he or she wants with that work forever.
Who is Geoffrey Gevalt? Geoffrey Gevalt is an award winning writer and editor with 33 years experience in newspapers and magazines. He formerly was managing editor of The Burlington Free Press; assistant managing editor for local news at The Beacon Journal of Akron, Ohio; and business editor of The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass. He also worked at a variety of newspapers in the northeast and at the Associated Press. For two years he was a juror of the Pulitzer Prize in Beat Reporting.
How can a student, teacher, parent or reader reach the Young Writers Project? The mailing address:
Young Writers Project
12 North St. | Burlington, VT 05401