YWP is a community of young people who create and connect online at youngwritersproject.org through words, photos, and art. Since Young Writers Project started in 2006, more than 120,000 youth have participated in YWP. It can be a life-changing experience. YWP's interactive website is the beating heart of the community. Publication of the best of 10,000 submissions to the site each year brings genuine affirmation to our writers, photographers, and artists. Most are between 13 and 18 (those who are 12 years of age may join with parental permission), most are from our home state of Vermont, but we welcome young people from everywhere! Thanks to generous individuals, businesses, and foundations, all programs are free! JOIN TODAY!
(Top illustration by Alexandra Contreras-Montesano for YWP)
Younger than 13?Permission Form is here. This site is intended primarily for teens, 13-18, but writers and artists who are 12 years of age are welcome to join with parental permission. Please ask a parent or guardian to complete the permission form and return by mail to Young Writers Project, 47 Maple St., Suite 216, Burlington, VT 05401 – or scan in and email to [email protected].
Young Writers Project revolves around our website, youngwritersproject.org, with more than 4,500 active users and a world of creative activity and connection with other young writers and artists.
YWP writing and art are published weekly in the Burlington Free Press and on VTDigger.org, Vermont's largest online news source; monthly in the Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus; and in YWP's own publications – The Voice, our monthly digital magazine; and each year in our anthology of the year's best writing and visual art. More details here.
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
YWP hosts online workshops throughout each school year. They happen monthly and sometimes more frequently and include poetry, fiction and nonfiction, photography, journalism and more. YWP also has pop-up events and projects led by members of the YWP community, including podcasts, online book discussions, and open mic nights.
HOW TO CONTACT US
Young Writers Project, 47 Maple St., Suite 216, Burlington, VT 05401 Contact Executive Director Susan Reid: [email protected]; (802) 324-9538
YWP STAFF AND BOARD
YWP STAFF: Executive Director Susan Reid: [email protected], (802) 324-9538 Susan is a former journalist at newspapers in Vermont and Canada. She is a former political reporter at the Toronto Star and editorial page editor of the Burlington Free Press. She joined Young Writers Project in 2011 and became executive director in 2018.
Publications Coordinator Anna Forsythe: [email protected] Anna is a writing and publishing graduate of Emerson College. She joined Young Writers Project in 2018 and coordinates our stable of publications including our newspaper series. She also mentors our writers, and provides outreach through social media.
Editor William Anderson: [email protected] William has worked in many areas of newspapers and magazines, and has a specialty in arts coverage. He is the former managing editor of Vermont Life magazine and before that, weekend editor at the Burlington Free Press. He joined Young Writers Project in 2018, and focuses on programs such as the Community Journalism Project, editing, and grant-writing.
YWP Founder Geoffrey Gevalt:[email protected] Geoffrey created Young Writers Project in 2003 and founded YWP as an independent non-profit in 2006. He retired from YWP in 2018 to pursue his own creative writing projects.