Hello YWP Community,
Welcome to our latest project -- YWP Radio -- host of spoken word, live slams, podcasts, original music, mixes, and who knows what else. If you wish to set up a smart phone or tablet or desktop app to pull in the feed, here's the url: majestic.wavestreamer.com:6657
DD (doug demaio) is our grand guru of the radio and has assembled hundreds of tracks from YWP sound over the years -- recorded slams, songs, music, performances ... that loop 24/7 and which now are arranged and scheduled by tags.
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING? Do you love audio? Do you like to experiment? Do you want to set up a variety show? Play your own music? Do a call-in? Interview some folks? Air a journalism project?
Talk to Doug. Write to Doug. Send Doug a message via carrier pigeon. Call him on the phone late at night. What do you think? You interested? If so, comment below. Let's get started.... think of the possibilities.
Order Anthology 5 -- the best of the best of your work -- for great reading or gift. Here's how:
- Contact YWP's Kate Stein via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-324-9538.
- Mail your info, number of copies and check to YWP (YWP, 12 North St., Burlington, VT, 05401) (1 copy-$7; 2-$14; 3-$21; 4-$26; 5-$32 Costs include shipping)
- OR order here by PayPal (or credit card) or through SQUARE Market (also credit card) by clicking READ MORE.
ebook version: http://youngwritersproject.org/node/87807
Or SUPPORT your local bookstore!
- SHELBURNE: Flying Pig Bookstore (center of town)
THANKS TO ALL -- YWP staff & board volunteers; student readers; Tobin Anderson; VCFA; National Life; workshop artists; ALL who came and dove into the workshops young and old
All-ages slam in Barre on Friday; screening of Girl Rising in Burlington on Saturday; screening of Hungry Heart in central/southern Vermont this week. Go see the movies! Write about it here!
Very interesting event THURSDAY at the ECHO Science Center, Burlington. -- a Conversation about Racial Justice, sponsored by the City of Burlington. Burlington High School students stood proud as facilitators and journalists. Look for the BHS journalists work here and at various other YWP partner publicatons in the coming weeks.
FRIDAY, OCT. 25, 6 p.m. at Aldrich Library, BARRE: All Ages Slam. (6 PM for free pizza, 6:30 for brief quickwrite, 6:45 Slam begins: bring a couple of your poems or choose to read whatever you've written during the quickwrite). Enter through back door! Share your slam here!
SATURDAY, OCT. 26, 7:30 p.m. at Main Street Landing, 60 Lake St., Burlington: Screening and discussion of GIRL RISING. $7 adults, $5 students, proceeds donate the Girl Rising Fund for Education. Hosted by acclaimed Vermont YA author, Tanya Lee Stone. To reserve seats PLEASE RSVP to: email@example.com
TIckets will also be available at the door The film is deemed appropriate for 12 and up. Around the world, millions of girls face barriers to education that boys do not. And yet, when you educate a girl you can break cycles of poverty in just one generation. Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film that has already been seen by millions. More info at girlrising.com/IDG
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Our new publication partner!
YWP is excited to let you know that we will have, starting this weekend, a 20th Vermont publication point for your best work: vtdigger.org What's vtdigger? The news medium of the future, a website run by devoted, talented journalists who report all sorts of news about Vermont, particularly news about how our government works and, sometimes, doesn't work. The site is also a nonprofit organization.
vtdigger gets a great deal lot of traffic and we're honored that vtdigger's founder, Anne Galloway, was interested in providing a new audience for your best work. We will be sending them a couple of stories, a photo and, whenever possible, a podcast. They will highlight the work each weekend.
Click the links in the pieces below to see them on vtdigger.org.
As you know YWP, under the leadership of YWP's Susan Reid and her team of kid (and a few adult) reader/selecters publishes 1,000 of your pieces each year in 19 Vermont and New Hampshire newspapers and on vpr.net (and occasionally on air on Vermont Public Radio). YWP also publishes, and will be publishing more frequently, best work on cowbird.com
So on any given week, your best work can be seen by hundreds of thousands of people.
See how far your words can travel!
Keep reading for more info on how to... Read more »
The Burlington School District invites you to a screening of the documentary film Bully, at the Burlington High School cafeteria.
"Bully is a wrenching, potentially transformative look at an epidemic of adolescent cruelty and adult paralysis in the nation's public schools." -NPR
Join in the discussion during National Bullying Prevention Month and work to eradicate bullying from our schools and community.
Where: Burlington High School cafeteria
When: Tuesday, October 22, 6pm
Snacks, Raffle, Discussion, and Plans for Action to follow the screening. Read more »
We mourn the sudden passing of Olivia Mae Scott, 16, a student at Mt. Abraham Union High School. By all accounts, on Facebook and elsehwere, bullying played a part in her death. Which makes it a deeper tragedy.
Our hearts go out to her family, to her friends, to the Mt. Abe community and to all students in Vermont who are touched by the issues surrounding her death.
We did not know Olivia, but perhaps some of you did, and we encourage you to share your thoughts here -- remembrances or, even, the problems students face with bullying. As always, be respectful. Keyword: Olivia Mae Scott
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sanderson-Ducharme Funeral Home, 117 South Main St., Middlebury. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at 6 p.m. at Mount Abraham Middle/High School at 220 Airport Dr., Bristol. And a "Remembering Olivia Mae Scott" gathering at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Mt. Abe.
If you have something to say about bullying and harassment, join the conversation, Oct. 22 at Burlington High School.
Click Read More, to view a video of a song created and sung by a classmate, Alyssa Genova. And the WCAX report on her death, including comments from her parents.Read more »
Celebration of Writing 2013
at Vermont College of Fine Arts
Workshop Summaries and Artists’ Bios
Keynote: M.T. Anderson, more info below
10: 30 a.m. Reuben Jackson – The Musicality of Poetry. Reuben will tie together his two passions – music and poetry – for a fun interactive workshop that will help you conceive and write poetry in a different way. Read more »
Congratulations to Alice Munro, the masterful (Canadian) storyteller of the heart and human condition, who has won the Nobel Prize in Literature! Read her work! Read about her in The New York Times.
Thank you to everyone who came and read, listened, and hung out at our Poetry Podcasting and Pizza Party Thursday night. We've got great audio recordings, live and 'in studio' along with some great pictures of you guys reading. We'll submit the recordings to be on VPR.net and VTDigger.org.
For everyone who came--please send us your favorite picture of yourself! We want to use your favorite picture to put on VTDigger.org with your piece.
Thank you so much for a great night!
We'll keep you posted on when and where the next one will be!
Millennial Writers on Stage next goes to Brattleboro on Saturday, Oct. 5. Noon to 1 pm at New England Youth Theatre, 100 Flat Street, Brattleboro. See you there! This is a free and fantastic event, part of the Brattleboro Literary Festival!
To listen to the Burlington performances and see photos from the event, click here or follow the sprout link below.
Burlington Writers: You did a superb job at Millennial Writers on Stage at the Burlington Book Festival on Sept.21! You really are the next generation of great writers! And you drew a nearly full house -- the audience loved you. Thank you -- all 18 of you -- for such fine writing and stellar performances! And thank you to our hosts, Robin Fawcett and Reuben Jackson. You are pros! RETN will have the show available for viewing soon.
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So a couple weeks ago we asked you all to come up with some stories to share -- ones that involved anything real or imagined, showcased some interesting characters and a little conflict.
We got some pretty awesome submissions. It was difficult to make our selections amongst all the wonderful tales you've spun, but we've settled on three winners:
Once again, congratulations to our winners Kerridwyn, Archibald the Prophet, and angela weasley, and many thanks to everyone who submitted pieces for Angst Week.
At long last, the time has come to award prizes!
3rd Place (Kerridwyn, Rain-Child): Little Black Box of Sweet Suffering
An angst-themed box filled to the brim with a delicious, chocolatey surprise.
2nd Place (Archibald the Prophet, Recurring Dreams): YWP Staff Member Tears
A whole liter of them!
1st Place (angela weasley, Dark Fears): Emily Dickinson
Well, an anthology of her work, at least.
Winners, come pick up your prizes at our North by North headquarters any weekday between 10 and 4, or private-message me, wingpoet, with an address to mail your prize to.
Again, congratulations to our winners! Now go write something cheerful!
Well, Angst Week is over. Many thanks to all who participated; incredible things happen when you explore the darker, deeper, edgier side of poetry and storytelling!
Our experienced panel of judges has deliberated at great length, and believe us when we say that deciding winners was very difficult indeed. There were many gems to choose from, but at long last we have reached a decision:
3rd Place goes to Kyrridwen for her chilling short story Rain-Child.
2nd Place belongs to Archibald the Prophet for his mind-bending poem Recurring Dreams.
And finally, our 1st Place winner and Angst Week champion is...angela weasley, who steals the crown with her deliciously dark poem Dark Fears!
Congratulations to our winners and to everyone who submitted work for Angst Week! Follow the links to see the winning pieces, or simply look for them on the front page. Prizes shall be announced at the end of the week!
The Young Writers Project Summer Camp program has begun! See what happens when a group of young writers from Hunt Middle School venture forth onto the trails of LaPlatte River Marsh Natural Area, a Nature Conservancy preserve in Shelburne, armed only with their wits, their love of the outdoors, and a brace of new cameras.Thanks to Tim Duclos and Kim Ward of The Nature Conservancy for showing us around...
Greetings, fellow YWP wordshapers and songwriters. We had an exciting challenge for you all, and you RESPONDED!
From Friday June 28 to Sunday July 7, the Young Writers Project hosted Angst Week, a contest intended to highlight the turbulent, emotionally charged and often thought-provoking side of our writing community. We invited all to create your angstiest piece yet. For those familiar to the genre, we hope this provided a refreshing challenge. For those new to the scene, this we hope was a good opportunity to get your feet wet in the world of what ifs and if only's! We asked you to submit your angstiest, feels-iest, existential-iest poetry, prose, or music. The judges are nearing their decision on which three "Angstiest" pieces will be selected and featured on the YWP front page. Further, we will decide on their awesome prizes!
THANKS TO ALL!
FYI, our few ground rules:
1. We are looking for angst, but some elements do cross a line. Pieces that talk about self-injury will not qualify.
2. Keeping in mind some of these works will be featured on the front page, try to keep language/references at a PG-13 level. Use your common sense, and healthy vocabulary, with this one.
3. The contest ends at 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 7. No exceptions!
(not even for gg)
In our never-ending effort to put your brilliance on display in front of a wide audience, we are endeavoring to create a network of platforms to showcase your work.
Of course, the more followers, favorites, likes, retweets, reblogs, karma points, friends, and repins we as a community can get, the more attention your work will get.
And it starts with you!
Find us on:
We are always looking for great new content to share with the people of Vermont and beyond. The partnerships with VPR and Cowbird have given you all a much wider audience than ever before-- now it's time to show them what we're made of! Let's hear 'em! Read more »
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Vermont Young Playwright's project and festival, a collaboration between the Vermont Stage Company and the Flynn Center for Performing Arts. YWP provided a digital space for the student participants and helped out in several workshops; we also did the live stream and live text commenting at the festival and will have medium and high resolution videos of each presented play soon.
In the meantime, feel free to go here and find the video of the play you are interested in:
FYI, 107 people tuned into the live two-day Festival, accounting for nearly 60 hours of total viewership! Also, the recorded videos have so far been viewed by 230 people.
Congratulations to Hannah Freedner of Vergennes!
-- Addison County Writer of the Month for May --
See Hannah's winning writing... Read more »
YWP receives "Small and Inspiring" grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to support North by North CenterSubmitted by admin2006 on Wed, 05/01/2013 - 12:46pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Young Writers Project recently received a $2,500 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation’s Small and Inspiring grant program to support workshops for youth in the North by North Center at YWP’s offices at 12 North St., in Burlington. The North by North Center is YWP’s community writing center that is driven by youth leaders and the needs of youth. North by North provides neighborhood youths a safe, quiet place to write, receive instruction and feedback and connect with youths from similar and different backgrounds.
Through its Small and Inspiring grant program, the Community Foundation hopes to help foster the spark that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy by finding and supporting projects in every town in Vermont where a small grant can make a big difference.
YWP is a Vermont 501(c)(3) nonprofit formed in 2006 that engages thousands of Vermont and NH students in grades 3-12 in a variety of writing projects, helps them improve and present their best work online, in newspapers and on radio and stage through a variety of media and arts partners. Read more »
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Students and a few faculty from Harwood Union High School are finishing up their annual trip to Rwanda, where students work at a local school and do other community visits and work. This engaging video is of one student introducing his own dancing spirit and watching what happens.... Check out some of the students' posts at rwanda.ywpschools.net
As some of our astute users may have already noticed, YWP now has a group of talented mentors that we kidnapped from the UVM Writing Center. They are all tutors for college level writing of many types, and talented young(-ish) writers themselves. They are excited to work with everyone here, both posting their own work and providing detailed feedback on yours. Read more »
Okay, so, I’ve compiled a little more basic information to help avoid confusion, and set a more specific but really general setting.
About four or five months after colonization and the mass building of cities is when the supplies on some of the ships are starting to reach a lower marking. Through damage and other circumstances (up to your imagination) some supplies was inevitably lost.
Also, if you were wondering about what year these shenanigans are taking place, I’d say circa 2500 A.D., though due to abnormalities in the ship’s logs, we can’t be exactly certain of the year.
The Network is a global satellite system that transmits, stores, and monitors information regarding population, supplies, and general information. It also has links that can take you back to Old Earth history and literature/art and such and such. Not all was salvaged, but some data was saved.
For the sake of continuity, I have here included a general map of Eos, and where each of the ships branched out from, and their relative sizes. Keep in mind, they’re massive “cities”, almost more like provinces.
Please, remember that I in no way intend to impede your creative ideas! If you feel the need to deviate, do so without remorse! These are just guidelines… suggestions… ideas…. Springboards… Nothing more! Read more »
Congratulations are in order for Quella, our newest Writer to Read. She deserves it, so let's hear it for her. Great work, keep it up!!
(So, before I get started, I'd like to thank Archibald the Prophet and Bart the General for all their help setting up this introduction into this new wonderful universe! Thanks you guys, couldn't get it going without you!)
This is an introduction to “Shared World 2.0”
(That should be the keyword you use, like I have. After it’s tagged and posted, by clicking the tag you can view all the other stuff that’s a part of the world.)
This is just a basic introduction to the world, the universe, and the general setting, a kickboard for your future writing endeavors.
So, my friends, finally, welcome to Eos.
Congratulations are in order for our two newest Writers to Read... Thors Apprehension and Imperfect. Great job guys, it's been a long time coming. Nobody deserves it more. Show them some love.
“The students didn't want to stop writing!” ~ Lynne Manley, Milton High School
“We wrote in our AP Lit class, then everyone shared part or all of what they wrote. Love doing this in class!” ~ Margaret Slate, Grade 11, Peoples Academy, Morrisville
“I overheard several students saying that they planned to go back and write more from home… the idea that they left the experience motivated to write more warms my teacher heart!” ~ Lee Orlando, Hunt Middle School, Burlington
Comments like these from teachers and students echoed around the state (and parts of New Hampshire and even North Carolina) – about Vermont Writes Day. Schools stopped everything on February 7 to write for 7 minutes, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.
In its fourth year, Vermont Writes Day provides a spark for schools to emphasize the importance of good writing skills for expression, critical thinking and success in the workplace and life. Sally Hayes, a teacher at C.P. Smith Elementary School in Burlington, put it this way: “Thanks to YWP for inspiring us to focus on writing. It is an immensely critical skill for students to practice and feel comfortable with. The prompts are excellent, the inspiration necessary and in the future it reminds me that our schedules need to allow for long blocks of time for writing during each and every school day!” Read more »