May 24


Feb 15

Power of Commenting

Feb 11

Refugee Stories

USCRI/Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program are sponsoring a writing competition about the refugee experience in Vermont.

Vermont writers, ages 14-22, are invited to write a short story or poem in response to one of these prompts:
  1. What does it mean to be a refugee?
  2. What is your experience in VT?
Due: March 19, 2018
Email submissions to: [email protected]

Winning submissions will be performed at "The Journey and the Destination," at the Burlington International Airport on April 13, 2018.

Feb 08


Jan 19

March for our Future

Vermont youth are invited to Montpelier TODAY -- Jan. 20 -- to march for human rights, dignity, and equality for all. This is one of several marches for youth around the country, one year after President Trump's inauguration.

When? SATURDAY, JAN. 20, 1 p.m.
Where? Montpelier High School 
Who? All young Vermonters (speakers range from 8 to 22!)

Kiran Waqar, one of the organizers says: "There is a speak-out directly after the speaker line-up so if young artists are interested in sharing their related work, this may be a really cool opportunity to do so."
Find out more about the Montpelier march!

(Photo credit: March for our Future)
Dec 08

Sen. Bernie Sanders' Essay Contest

Vermont High School Students:
Senator Bernie Sanders invites you to write a 250-500 word essay focusing on what you believe are the major challenges facing the nation and how to solve them.
Submit your essay at  The deadline is Jan. 10, 2018. 

A panel of Vermont teachers will judge the essays. The 20 finalists, including the selected winner, will be invited to a roundtable discussion with Sen. Sanders and have their essays entered into the Congressional Record.
(See attached pdf for more)
Oct 14

College Essay sign-up



Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

YWP Headquarters, 47 Maple Street, Suite 106, Burlington, VT
(AND ONLINE for those who can't make it to Burlington)

Presented by Young Writers Project and VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corp.)

Pizza lunch included
Oct 10

Academy: College Essay Tips

Do a search on "college essay tips" and you will be inundated with advice. Here are some highlights:

1. Brainstorm. Think. Give yourself time and space to consider what you want to write.

2. Make a list of all ideas, good and not-so-good. Think again. Consider which ones you should hang on to and which ones you should toss. Toss freely. Only the strong survive this exercise.

3. Don't cram, so there's no reason to panic and lose your confidence. You'll want to write several drafts and ask a trusted mentor, teacher, adviser to read them. Give yourself time between drafts -- this does wonders to tightening up long, ponderous essays. You'll discover all sorts of places to cut or enhance.
Jul 06

The Voice - July/August 2017