Winter Tales: Sixteen Young Writers will get to see their work performed live on stage at Winter Tales, Dec. 4-8, the Flynn Center, Burlington. Congratulations! (Follow the link to view the schedule and details--come by and check it out.)
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"The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese."
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Check out the Prompts and post your written or visual work to be considered for the newspaper, or submit podcasts for your chance to be on VPR.
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Each week YWP selects a piece of writing and an accompanying podcast to feature on VPR.net and often on the airwaves as well.
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In 2013-14, Young Writers Project is publishing best student work in about 20 newspapers in VT and NH and on Vermont Public Radio's Web site, vpr.net (and some on-air appearances, too.) RECORD/POST PODCASTS FOR YOUR CHANCE TO BE ON VPR!
Attached below is a .pdf version of the prompts. ALSO, hover over the photo prompts in the slideshow at the bottom for information about prompt number and source. You can also click on the photo to download the original for printing. Newspaper series directions. ... Under 13 parental permission form.Read more »
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This speech, given by President Obama at about 1:30 a.m. (Eastern time) on Nov. 7 after his re-election, is a powerful piece of writing that shows strength, voice, vision and emotion. Obama's delivery was remarkable. It's worth study. Here is the video; the text follows and if you just want to listen while you read without the video, click the audio player. Sorry I didn't get this up sooner.
What did you think? And what are you impressions, feelings, observations, anecdotes or take-aways about the Election? Post a blog with tag of Election2012 -- gg
In 2012-13, YWP is publishing best student work in 22 newspapers in VT and NH and on Vermont Public Radio's Web site, vpr.net (and some on-air appearances, too.) Click on the prompt and see the writing that has already been submitted. Add yours today! We want your work! Attached below is a pdf version of the prompts. ALSO, large versions of the photos are in a slide show at bottom; if you click on the photo you can "download the original" for the purposes of printing it out.
all this talk about
is not for
is also here.
Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa
so simply say
One morning as I was walking with my parents to the cave of dawn I looked behind myself and I saw hunters. One minute later I was all alone until two animal rescuers and I got to go to the animal rescue center. I felt scared. I had never seen people before. Once I got to the animal rescue center there were a lot of elephants waiting to be friends with me. "Hello my name is Emily do you want to be my friends," I asked. When I got hungry I got to eat formula that the workers made. The workers took me and the elephants for a walk every day to get some exercise. The workers had to come with us so they knew where we were. Then we would go back to the elephant reserve center. When I was not on a walk I was in a cage. The color of the cage was green. When I had been there for a couple of days I had a lot of friends to hang out with. It was fun to have friends to play with every day and to walk with. Now that I am 20 years old the workers have returned me to the wild. I will miss my friends and the workers that took good care of me. "Good-bye," I said. "I will miss you." Now I am happy in the wild being free.
(Photo by Kevin Huang)
By David Gossens -- BHS Register Staff
What was accomplished at the meeting? In what direction should we be moving now? And what impact did the meeting have?
The meeting achieved its intended purpose. People came together and spoke about racial injustice and inequity. Being heard meant a lot to people. Safia Haji, a student at BHS, said, “This meeting had a huge impact on me personally...I felt like my voice was heard loud and clear and that there are people out there who actually care and are working towards making change. It was definitely worth going to.” Norah, a member of the BHS student council who helped facilitate at the meeting, said that the meeting couldn’t give solutions but it kept the conversation up and helped people express their opinions. Hal Colston, Director of the Partnership for Change, said “We need to have more and deeper conversations that lead to actions of justice and equity.” He explained that both parties, the dominant group and the oppressed group, must both be on the same page. “Learning to see and experience the world through the eyes of those oppressed can lead to healing and reconciliation.”
Both Safia and Norah agree that the conversation must keep going. And that seems to be the clear path forward from this meeting. As Safia said, “Change will take a while but we’ll always be where we are if we don’t take any action. Educate people about racism, talk about racism to your kids, students, colleagues, friends.”
By Emma Forbes -- BHS Register Staff
Eva Edwards-Stoll may be small in stature, but she has no fear of making her voice heard. Thirteen years old and an eighth grader at Edmunds Middle School, Eva has spoken out for Treyvon Martin, participated in campaigns for better gun control, and helped to raise awareness for William’s Syndrome and other disabilities at a number of public forums. She came to the Racial Justice conference with a clear, honest point to make.
A common complaint at the conference was that conversation and clarification were not enough, and tensions were running high. But the volatile atmosphere did not daunt Eva, who seems to understand more than anyone the transformative power of words.
“Kids don’t really talk about things like this…but I didn’t grow up that way,” Eva said confidently. “I grew up like, you talk about what you want, and then what you believe in, and if no one hears you, do it again. And if no one hears you – do it until someone hears you. And then you get your point across.” Read more »
By Lizzie Michael - BHS Register Staff
Perhaps the most peculiar occurrence at the race and diversity event was the repeated use of the word “racism.” Contrary to the night’s title, Working Together, We Can Do Better: An Intergenerational Community Dialogue on Racial Justice, the issue in Burlington does not lie specifically with racism, but with diversity as a whole.
It is often seen that when people begin discussing diversity, they tend to lean towards black vs. white instead of all ethnicities. This is an issue whose roots can be easily pinpointed- after all, race has been a focal point of American culture since the eighteenth century. Unfortunately, this view is growing too old to be relevant, and thus must be corrected.
In the world of anthropology, most scientists agree on three basic, extremely general “races” in mankind: Caucasians (typically white), Mongoloids (typically Asian), and Negroids (typically black). Yet there are more than three ethnic groups in the world, which makes the term “race” incomplete. The use of a word that gets its roots from the Middle Ages to describe the issues within Burlington is weak, lacking substance, and outdated. The incredibly large range of cultures in Burlington should be focused on instead. Read more »
Burlington High School students, staffers on the newspaer, Register, covered a citywide discussion last month on the topic of Racial Justice. The writer was a faciilitator of one of the break out groups.
By Mabel Prine -- BHS Register Staff
Throughout the event, two main things resonated with me as a facilitator. The first was how impressed I was with the citizens of Burlington. The members of my group were passionate about their community, open to sharing their stories, conscious of the importance of listening to others, and ready to see change in the community. When it was time for groups to “share out”, most round tables talked along similar lines. Community members spoke about themes, personal stories, standout moments, problems, and solutions. Although some topics could be harsh, they were always shared sincerely and with positive outlooks on how to do better.
The second thing that stood out to me was the results yielded from the “fishbowl” talk. The people in the group were not new to this scene; many were experienced racial justice activists. Many had seen events like this happen time and time again, with no results. They were done with “conversations” on race. They were angry with the injustices occurring in Burlington, and ready to make change NOW. Read more »
Last month, the City of Burlington and Partnership for Change sponsored a discussion about racial justice: We Can Do Better. Six members of Burlington High School's newspaper (Register) staff, with YWP and teacher David Lamberti's guidance, covered the event. Here is the main story. Click the keyword, Burlington Dialogue for the other pieces. Photos by Kevin Huang
By Emmett Werbel - Burlington High School -- Register Staff
More than 100 members of the Burlington community gathered at the Echo Center in late October to attend Working Together, We Can Do Better: An Intergenerational Community Dialogue on Racial Justice. The event featured speeches from Mayor Weinberger and Police Chief Mike Schirling, as well as small and large group discussions.
The direction of conversation shifted throughout the night from cheerful banter to a more harsh dialogue. While most attendees arrived in high spirits, at times the mood of the discussion became heavy and emotional.
The event was organized to generate broad and collegial conversation. The night began as Mayor Weinberger briskly took the stage and gave a short speech on the topics of the evening. Read more »
Today I learned how to make pancakes.
First, you mix the batter,
Second, you pour the batter,
Third, you flip the pancake,
Fourth, you go to IHOP and buy some pancakes.
That's how you make pancakes everybody and thanks for watching.
Kudos to the young writers at Stowe Middle School -- and their teachers and principal -- for their hard work on Young Writers Project.
Principal Dan Morrison sent this photo of his school's proud display of published writing that has appeared in the Stowe Reporter. Thanks Dan! And thanks to the teachers and students at Stowe Middle School!
You made our day!
Thank you also to the Stowe Reporter for being such a supportive media partner.
Nov. 21st -- Poetry Reading Day:
ALL-AGES SLAM: Led by Geof Hewitt: Bring your poems to The Whammy Bar or just come to listen or maybe judge! Located in The Maple Corner Store, 10 miles north of Montpelier on the County Road. Sign-up 6:45 - 7p (Nov. 21)
PODCASTING AND PIZZA PARTY: Can't make it all the way up to Montpelier? The Grammar School in Putney is hosting a podcast recording and open mic session starting at 5:30 (Nov. 21)
Any other happenings? Comment below. Read more »
Want to have your Winter Tale read by a professional actor at FlynnSpace?
You have until tonight Friday (Nov. 15) at MIDNIGHT to write to this prompt and have your piece considered for this annual winter wonderland stage production!
The prompt: Tell a narrative about winter in short, fresh descriptive poetry or prose.Read more »
Thanks to everyone who came to Celebration of Writing of Writing 2013. What amazing energy, fun and work was done.
We want you to tell us what you thought and what you did: Share your reactions, give us ideas, post your photos AND writing AND video using the Celebration of Writing 2013 keyword!
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TONIGHT, Nov. 21 5:30p The Grammar School in Putney will be hosting Young Writers for an open mic poetry reading and podcast recording sessions. Bring some of your own work and be submitted for publication on VPR.net and VTDigger.org!Read more »
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
Writers! Spinners of tales of imagination and fancy! Anyone else pumped for Halloween? Ghosts and goblins and ghouls and all kinds of other "myths" and "stories" are lurking in the shadows, just begging you to write their tales!
Last year I asked you guys to write some Halloween Tales of Horror and they were great! Anyone want to try to outdo that?
I love reading scary stories, and in fact, I'm writing one myself this year.
Anyone else? I'd love to read them!
Good luck, and may the Jack-o-lanterns be with you!
Due to changes at the Burlington Free Press, the Young Writers Project page did not appear in its usual place in the Oct. 26 edition. Starting this week, the YWP page is scheduled to run only in the Hometown supplement that is mailed to non-subscribers.
We were not informed of this change and therefore were unable to alert our writers and readers. Our apologies to those who were looking for their writing and couldn't find the page. As it stands, Free Press subscribers will no longer receive the YWP page. Non-subscribers will see it in the Hometown supplement, arriving in mailboxes Friday or Saturday, depending on the area.
We apologize for any inconvenience and confusion this may cause.
(Please see the attachments below for the Oct. 26 page as well as the page that was scheduled to run Nov. 2.)
So as much as I hesitate to suggest an idea like this (we'd hate to see you absent for a while) we have a unique challenge. And an amazing one at that...
A senior editor at a major New York magazine asked us to find a few of you who would be willing to STOP USING THE INTERNET FOR TWO WEEKS and write about it in a casual, natural way, i.e., using your VOICE.
This is an amazing writing opportunity. You must be in the 14-17 age range. It would be really cool if you were a social networking butterfly (not that I want to inflict pain upon you, but it might make the writing challenge more fruitful). Contact me ASAP. No guarantees you will be chosen; I'll give you some more details and then pass your contact info to the editor.
And if any of you just want to do it -- and for me that would be like not breathing for two weeks -- and want to keep a journal and then post excerpts later, have at it! Keyword: NO INTERNET And try writing in advance; write about what you expect to happen. Then when you return tell us what really happened.
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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