YOUNG WRITERS PROJECT'S MISSION: TO INSPIRE, MENTOR, PUBLISH, AND PROMOTE YOUNG WRITERS AND ARTISTS

YWP is a community of young writers and artists who create and connect online at youngwritersproject.org, and in person, through words, photos, and art. Since Young Writers Project started in 2006, it has been an oasis of civility and respect. More than 115,000 young people have participated in YWP, and it's this culture of civility that continues to make YWP so incredible. YWP revolves around three core areas -- the website, publications, and workshops -- for young people between ages 13 and 19 (younger with parental permission). We are based in Burlington, Vermont, and welcome youth from everywhere. Thanks to generous individuals, businesses, and foundations, all programs are free! ​JOIN TODAY!


Listen to YWPer Sophia Cannizzaro:

 
(Top illustration by Alexandra Contreras-Montesano for YWP)

SITE HELP

HOW THE SITE WORKS
YWP - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
PERMISSION FORM
Younger than 13? Permission Form is here.
Writers and artists, 12 and under, please ask a parent or guardian to complete the parental 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
YWP has online workshops, such as The Writer's Craft, and the Community Journalism Project. And live workshops, Writing on the Roof, which will resume in fall 2020 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.

Publications Coordinator Anna Forsythe[email protected]
Anna is a writing and publishing graduate of Emerson College. She co-ordinates our stable of publications to help the work of young writers reach a genuine audience.

Programs Coordinator/Editor William Anderson: [email protected]
William has worked in many areas of newspapers and magazines, and also has a specialty in arts coverage. He focuses on new programs, editing, development and communications.

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]
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 Birdhouse) near the intersection of Maple and Battery Streets. Enter via Maglianero Cafe, and find us on the second floor (near the back stairway). Street parking is available at metered spots, though spaces fill up during summer and other busy times. The nearest parking lot is close by at Perkins Pier — from the corner of Maple and Battery Streets, head west toward the lake and Perkins Pier will be right in front of you.
GET INVOLVED!
YOUTHS who want to explore writing, photography and performance.
MENTORS who provide encouragement and feedback. 
EDUCATORS who share our dedication to the arts.
FUNDERS who sustain us financially so we can continue our mission.
PARTNERS who seek to connect with young people.