YOUNG WRITERS PROJECT
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 115,000 youth have participated in YWP and experienced its culture of civility and respect. YWP's dynamic website is the beating heart of the community. Publication of the best of 12,000 submissions to the site each year brings genuine affirmation to our writers, photographers, and artists. Most are between 13 and 19 (younger 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)



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SITE HELP

HOW THE SITE WORKS
YWP - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PERMISSION FORM
Younger than 13? Permission Form is here.
This site is intended primarily for teens, 13-19, but writers and artists who are 11 and 12 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].

YWP PROGRAMS

WEBSITE
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.
PUBLICATIONS
YWP writing and art are published weekly in VT newspapers and on VTDigger.org; monthly in The Voice, YWP's digital magazine; and each year in the anthology.
More details here.
WORKSHOPS & EVENTS
During the 2020-21 school year, YWP has moved workshops online with monthly themed workshops such as Write with the Harvest Moon with Alex Muck and pop-up events and projects led by YWPers, including podcasts, online book discussions, and open mic nights. When the pandemic ends, we're hoping to resume our live workshops Writing on the Roof in the rooftop conference room of the Karma Bird House, 47 Maple Street, Burlington.

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
A former reporter and bureau chief at the Toronto Star and editorial page editor of the Burlington Free Press, Susan joined Young Writers Project in 2011 and became executive director in 2018. Full-time.

Publications Coordinator Anna Forsythe[email protected]
Anna is a writing and publishing graduate of Emerson College (2015). She joined Young Writers Project in 2018 and co-ordinates our stable of publications including our newspaper series. She also mentors our writers, provides outreach through social media, and assists with events. Part-time.

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 mentoring, grant-writing, and communications. Part-time.

YWP Founder Geoffrey Gevalt: [email protected]
Geoff founded YWP in 2006 and was at the helm for 12 years. He has retired from YWP, but he'd love to hear from you!

YWP BOARD
Kathy Folley, Chair (retired teacher);
[email protected]
Aimee Picchi, Board Vice-Chair (writer, journalist); [email protected]
Jessica Hyman, Treasurer (nonprofit leader, consultant); [email protected]
Jacques Bailly (UVM classics professor); [email protected]
Reuben Jackson (Poet, jazz archivist, former VPR Friday Night Jazz host, YWP workshop leader); [email protected]
Rita Markley (executive director of COTS, Committee on Temporary Shelter); [email protected]
Nathaniel Millarhouse (community organizer); [email protected]
Hillary Read (writer, marketing & communications); [email protected]
Shannon Ripp (digital, social media, former YWP intern); [email protected]
Mindy Wong (teacher, writer); [email protected]

DIRECTIONS TO OUR OFFICE
We are located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, at 47 Maple St., Suite 216, (the Karma Bird House) near the intersection of Maple and Battery Streets. Enter via Kestrel Cafe, and find us on the second floor (near the back stairway). There is some street parking at metered spots and the nearest parking lot is at Perkins Pier, just below the corner of Maple and Battery Streets.
YWP ANNUAL REPORT
See YWP's most recent annual report here.