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The Daily Read

Feb 09

Especially when they land on you

I like snowflakes.
They look like they should be warm and soft and you touch them and
they're gone.
You were too warm.
They were unprepared.
They weren't ready for your incredible heat,
your incredible power.
You touch them 
and they disappear.

I like snowflakes,
but especially when they land on people's pom pom hats 
knit by their grandmothers
or themselves
and when they rest on people's eyelashes and hair.
I like them because they're temporary and 
you can only stare at them for so long,
then they sink into the hair or the hats or the eyelashes and you can't enjoy them anymore.

I like snowflakes,
especially when they land on you,
because it gives me an excuse to stare.
Nov 22

YWP Book Club: March Read!

You can find the YWP BOOK CLUB here! (Also under READ in top bar. Log in to share your favorite books and participate in the discussion!) AND check out LadyMidnight's monthly recommended read for March:  "This Is Where It Ends" by Marieke Nijkamp. "It's an incredible book about gun violence in schools and really makes you think about it in new ways," LadyMidnight says. Each month, LadyMidnight suggests a personal favorite for Book Club members to share: "It's a fun way to connect to other writers by reading the same book at the same time. :) Happy reading!" she says. If you have a favorite book for the monthly read, let LadyMidnight know!  JOIN THE BOOK CLUB ANYTIME!
Aug 19

THE COMMUNITY JOURNALISM PROJECT

The COMMUNITY JOURNALISM PROJECT (CJP) is a new initiative this year by Young Writers Project that offers writing and photo challenges, journalism skills-building, workshops, and publication throughout the 2019-20 school year. It is for students and teachers, inside and outside of the classroom. Find out more in this SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE VOICE! Join us for community events like the Gallery Exhibit Opening for Apocalypse Diet at Burlington City Arts, Feb. 21! And a big THANK YOU to our donors!
Aug 22

Community Leaders 2019-20

Photo by Kevin Huang, YWP Archive
MEET YWP's COMMUNITY LEADERS!
Jul 30

Community Leaders' Newsletter

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Want to talk about writing?

Feb 24

YWP Podcast!

Hi, I'm Iris! (eyesofIris here on YWP.) I am starting a YWP podcast and I'm looking for writers to collaborate with. Here's how it works: you read one of your poems, and then we talk about the inspiration behind it, what it means, an overall analysis -- and we make a podcast! I think that it will be a really fun way to learn more about YWPers and their writing. Let me know if you're interested!

Challenges

Jul 22

Shy

Write about a person who is shy, and how they decide one day that they are OK with that.
[Photo credit: YWP Media Library, photo by Delaney Harrison]
Jul 22

Me

Choose one (or more) of the prompts below as a jumping off point for a free-write about you. 
  • I am the one who...
  • This I believe...
  • Myself, when I am real...
  • I like...
[Photo credit: YWP Media Library, illustration by Tess LaLonde]
Feb 22

CJP-Message

[Photo credit: Annie Bolin, Unsplash]
Gun control measures will always hit a wall of opposition, as happened in Viriginia recently. But if you think gun control matters, speak out. What message would you send?

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Feb 13

Writing in Winooski: March 16

Mindy Wong brings her creative nonfiction workshop to Winooski Memorial Library on March 16! Teen writers, join Mindy in exploring your sense of self and how that can be translated into words. It's free! But please sign up!
Feb 15

Climate Writing Opportunity

Erika Brown, a senior Professional Writing major at Champlain College, is seeking young writers to submit personal essays or fiction about how communities are affected by climate change (500 word max) for an anthology of writing. Due: Feb. 29. Find out more here.
 
Jan 21

Casting Call

Audition for a touring musical about Vermont teens! Sign up by Feb. 27: https://www.listenupvt.org/ Congrats to the YWP writers who helped Bess O'Brien and Kingdom County Productions write the script!