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Jan 20

The Voice -- January

Each month, and with YWP community members' help, YWP assembles the very best writing, images, audio and video for display in The Voice, our monthly digital magazine. This magazine celebrates the very best that this community produces. This month a special focus on responses to the special Dartmouth College/YWP challenge: The Urgency of Now.

If you would like to help edit and create this magazine -- a monthly --  please contact Susan Reid, Publications Coordinator and editor of the magazine.

Please help build the audience for this magazine, by posting a link on your social media channels or on other Web communities.

Nov 28

Winter Tales!

Congratulations to the winners of the Winter Tales Challenge! Selected works were presented in early December by the Vermont Stage Company actors and by all accounts the shows were outstanding!
Selected were: Eliza Goodell, Sophie Usherwood, Chloe Gagnon, Julia Remillard, Shannon MacDonald, Sophia Nistico, Saia Patel, Landon Smith, Finn Verdonk, Sophie Dauerman, Remy Schulz, Abby Simmons, Anna Phelps, Devon DeMarse!

Nov 15

YWP Academy: Diving deep!

YWP Academy is a new, exciting feature on this site that will help you with your school work, allow you to "mess around" with genres and digital media that interest you and engage you to deeply explore important issues with youths around the country and world.

YWP has begun to pilot the workshops in the Academy with a small group of you. THANKS! The input -- and your experiences with these cool workshops -- has been invaluable. The Workshops being offered are fun, bite-sized exercises with feedback, live interaction with the instructor and a finished piece you can be proud of.
We are continuing to accept applications for this FREE pilot phase!


The pilot is simple: Anyone aged 12-19 is asked to take at least two Workshops and provide us feedback. The application process is easy - just tell us who you are, why you're interested and what you want to learn.
This begins November 7 and runs through 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].
Feb 15

Now this makes you proud to be a writer, no?

UPDATE: YWP is in conversations with this group to invite the young writers and their mentors into our community! More soon.--gg
I came across this video made by a group of young writers in Chicago:

Jan 16

Vermont Writes Day 2017

Vermont Writes Day is Friday, Feb. 10!

Join hundreds, thousands -- meeeelions! -- of writers across Vermont who will stop what they're doing for JUST SEVEN MINUTES -- AND WRITE!
This is Young Writers Project's annual day of honoring writing, a day when people of all ages in Vermont (and our neighbors in New Hampshire) take a few minutes to write to YWP's fun and zany prompts.
The seven writing challenges will be announced HERE on the big day -- and will also be on our special Vermont Writes Day site -- vermontwritesday.org -- open only on Vermont Writes Day!
You can post stories, poems, essays, songs, rants.
You can post here and use the #vtwritesday17 hashtag.
Jan 10

2017 Calvin Writing Prize


Could Calvin Coolidge Win Today?

Dec 26

YWP Outage

For 10 years, Young Writers Project has operated this site with relative consistency; we've only had a few minor (almost always planned) outages. On Dec. 5, the company that houses YWP -- Blackmesh -- put us and 258 other clients on a new installation. Cool. Everything was going swimingly until early on Dec. 23, when Blackmesh reported a "catastrophic failure." Oops.

For much of the day, the Blackmesh support crew -- and more were called in on their days off -- struggled to find out what happened. Finally, they decided they needed to go to plan "B" which was to return us (and 258 other clients) back to our old servers. This took time. Finally, at 1 p.m. Dec. 24, all was back to normal. Cool.

We're sorry if any of you lost any work. We hope you will repost. Believe us when we say that this will not happen again. Have faith.


Dec 16
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The Voice: December

Each month, and with YWP community members' help, YWP assembles the very best writing, images, audio and video for display in The Voice, our monthly digital magazine. This magazine celebrates the very best that this community produces. This month a special focus on the Election 2016. If you would like to help out on this project, please contact Susan Reid, Publications Coordinator and editor of the magazine. Please help build the audience for this magazine, by posting a link on your social media channels or on other Web communities. Thanks!
Dec 13

What's a SPROUT?

Dec 13
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We Bow to You

YWP's  first EVER 12 Days of Commenting Challenge was a huge success -- because of you!

You amassed around 700 comments in 12 days! Wow! And we've been heartened by the depth, specifity, insight, humor, sensitivity that you show in your reactions to others' work. Fantastic. This is what builds this site as a community.

We'll be tabulating the numbers and announcing the prizes later this week. For now, a roll call of uber-commenters:  jbird18, Madiscon C, Adelle_M_Brustead, Worlds.Within.Words, Firegirl, Fiona Ella, Emily Anne, Talia, JulietteD, bailly-I, Hannah Campbell, angelaweasley, BrookT, H20.hollym, JuliaR, gbrouillette, Della, About to Snap  ... whoa, the list goes on and on.

Bring love to those with ZERO comments today. How to find them? Hover your mouse over READ > RECENT and click RECENT-TABLE.

So why all this fuss about comments? Comments are the best. They make you feel fuzzy and warm, because someone actually took the time to read your piece and think about it and write a thoughtful response. We writers want them all the time.
And, as you've seen, the best way to receive lots of comments is to give them to others.

Comments have many forms... a "nice going", a "nice going and here's, specifically what I noticed," and a sprout ("I was so moved by your piece that it made me write this ..."), and we encourage you to comment back and thank anyone who commented (or sprouted).

Tune in later this week for prize announcements!
Dec 07

Miss the Open Mic? Here it is.

THANKS to everyone who came out to SOUND CHECK onf Friday Dec. 9. Over 70 people turned out for the YWP/Burlington City Arts event. The artists were terrific, the crowd responsive and a great night had by all. Look for an edited video and selected text/audio in The Voice. We're looking at February or March 2017 for the next event.

Thanks to the performers! In the order they appeared: Lena Ginawi, Genesis Van Dyke, Adelle Brunstad, Lila Taylor, Liam Frey, Patrick Slattery, Shyloh Wonder-Maez, Dan Gregory, Cierra Loomis, Hannah Freedner, John Rue Jr., Fiona Goodman, Julia Remillard, Maisie Newbury, Grace Brouillette, Elizabeth Magnan, Maria Hurne, Isabella Silva, Isabel Blankenbaker, Oliver Bugbee and Summer Getty.

Dec 06


This challenge was created in partnership with Dartmouth College.

Dartmouth's annual MLK Celebration honors the life, work and values of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and asks people to think about how they still apply in today's world. The best submissions will be featured in The Voice digital magazine, and presented live at Dartmouth College on Friday, February 3. The event, which will include a writing workshop beforehand, will also be open to the public and feature an open mic segment and reception. For more information about the event, and to sign up to attend the workshop or present during the open mic, visit youngwritersproject.org/MLK2017.
Dec 02
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How YWP Academy Workshops Work

Welcome to YWP Academy

YWP Academy is devoted to giving you the learning opportunities you want, in a way that's fun and easy to manage. Click on the YWP Academy link at the top of the home screen to enter the Academy.

YWP Academy is divided up into a number of Workshops, with content based on suggestions from the YWP community. These workshops are designed and led by artists, YWP staff, and seasoned mentors. Each of these Workshops is broken up into different steps or activities called XPs. Each XP contains something for you to do--an activity or a response to make. Instructors and mentors will be dropping in all the time to leave feedback and keep you on the right track.

How it Works

Nov 23
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Support YWP All year!

YWP depends on donations to keep going. Your or your family's donations help us keep this community safe and interesting. Your donations help us publish your best work, provide you support -- workshops and events. But mostly YWP -- and the community -- helps you find voice and audience.

Can you help us?

If you value this community, please give or get your parents to give or get your grandparents to give to YWP! This respectful community is a major part of our work. We need your help -- our finances depend on donations -- to stay in business.

All donations are tax-deductible. Credit card donations may be made securely through JustGive.org:



Or PayPal:

Donations by CHECK may be sent to:
Young Writers Project
47 Maple Street # 106
Burlington VT 05401

To learn more about YWP: youngwritersproject.org/about

Or contact me. THANKS!  Geoffrey Gevalt, YWP Founder and Director, 802-324-9537, ggevalt(at)youngwritersproject.org
Nov 19

Thanks for VirtualReal Workshop!

Thanks so much to librarians, parents, 25+ youths and wandering-in adults who participated in Saturday's Interactive Video Workshop with noted YA author Doug Wilhelm (Revealers, True Shoes, Falling ...) We were amazed (but shouldn't have been) by the quality of work created in such a short period of time. And by the engagement of all participants in the SIX, count 'em, 6, libraries that participated. Spread the word! More workshops like these coming after the holidays.