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The Daily Read

Dec 11
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Hearts and Snow

The temperature has dropped, and the water has frozen over. The last thing is for us to bundle up, like a warm waffle in the toaster. To spread your love and care, and put your Christmas wishes in the air. A few months ago when I first started my account on here, I did a piece titled "Home". It was based about "Home is where the heart is." And looking back at it, has made me feel warm in a way. See, the cold weather may be upsetting to some, or very nice to others, but when you think about it, it's what brings us closer. We stay inside with our coco and cuddle up next to the fire, but we do it with family, with our hearts. Cause being inside, with your family, all huddled in the living room together because of the cold weather. It draws us closer. And as the snow falls blissfully on the moutains peaks like white shining winter hats, and the sky darkens earlier in the day, you start to realize that your family is right there on that couch in front of you.
Aug 02

Today's Tiny Write

When I'm introducing a particularly challenging and complicated character into my book, before I do anything with the character that I'm going to put into a final draft, I write the character into different situations that will test their emotions. How does this character react in a tough situation? How do they show happiness? Is this character an innocent person? Do they work well under stress? What kind of people do they like or dislike?
- Rubber Soul

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Recent Daily Reads

Dec 11
fiction 1 comment challenge: Power
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The power of calc

If I were to obtain a power unique to me and no one else would choose it, it'd have to be the power to do calculus. I am struggling really hard in calculus right now so it makes sense to have it, plus who's gonna wanna know how to do calculus to its maximum potential? Having this power means I would actually be able to make honor roll, plus have a good GPA. And of course this would allow me to get into an advanced college of my choosing. Even though it probably won't have the major I'm looking for, it's still helpful! Plus I can help others pass calculus as well and hey, if my career path doesn't work out, I'd always have a great fallback career. It's a win for all!
Dec 10
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every day

my mother is a teacher to 7 year olds.
she brings home stories about their funny thoughts about the world,
whether or not santa is real,
when they accidentally swear
and them peeing their pants from excitement.
the other day when she came home,
she didn’t have a funny story,
a man had walked into her school without checking in with the office.
so over the loudspeaker they asked if the
“man without identification could come to the main office."
my mother had students and one of her 7 year olds looked up at her and asked:
“is this our shooter?”
this kid is 7 years old.
she looked at him and explained that they didn’t have a shooter.
she finished her story and flopped down on the couch.
i sat down next to her and leaned on her shoulder.
then i began to think.
do we all have a school shooter?
the next week we got a threat.
and another threat was made to another school,
Dec 10
poem 1 comment challenge: Snow
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Snow on the Mountain

The old chairlift creaked and swayed gently
as the crisp morning flurries nipped at the rosy, red cheeks of the young girl.
Her grandmother sat to the left and her grandfather to the right.
Both of them had their arms wrapped tightly around her, attempting to keep her warm.
They sat in silence and watched the mountain grow in front of them.
The bright sun illuminated every aspect: the smooth coating of ice that clung to the trees,
and the conformity of every neatly groomed trail.
The previous snow had left a fresh layer of powder
that wordlessly begged them to disrupt its purity.
At the peak, they looked down and out over
the mountain, the town, and the valley that seemed to stretch on forever.  
The sky taunted them, dangling just out of reach,
and the overwhelming panorama reminded them how small they were
—even at the highest points.  
Dec 09

me and mlk

The day is bloated with heat and

the air is buzzing with voices.

I stand with my arms close to my sides

while bodies brush past me,

some nodding as they pass me by.

I am a rock,

watching the stream pass over me.
Behind me folks are beginning to take off their shoes

as they slip their worn feet into the coolness of the pool.

I look down at my own feet, dusty from the walk

just when a booming voice begins to speak.
My legs nearly cave;

his voice floats above the massive crowd

in which I am only a tiny speck,

but still a piece nonetheless.

Every voice is quieted,

every ear is turned to listen,

every eye looks forward towards those steps,

and the air becomes solid with anticipation.
We wait for his voice again.

Finally, it comes.

And when it comes,

Thanks for all your support!

Dec 07
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YWP News

Dec 10

Writing on the Rooftop

Photo credit: Karma Bird House

Nov 10

See Winter Tales this week

Twelve YWP poems and stories will be presented at WINTER TALES until Dec. 16 by Vermont Stage at Main Street Landing Black Box Theatre, 60 Lake Street, 3rd Floor, Burlington, VT. Read on for the winning submissions. Click here for tickets.
Jul 30

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Weekly Challenges

Aug 03


A higher power decides to grant a superpower to all 7.6 billion people on planet Earth. But there’s a catch — if any two people name the same power, it becomes ineffective. What unique power do you choose, and what do you do with it? 
[YWP Photo Library, photo by Lia Chien]
Aug 03

Photo-6 Satire

Try your hand at satiric comics such as this one from Burlington YWPer Connor Byam. Tap into your artistic side. Throw in some humor -- and voila!
[YWP Photo Library, illustration by Connor Byam]
Oct 15

A writer's gift

Anthology 9 cover art: Neelie Markley
Anthology 9 would make a great holiday gift for family and friends! Email Susan Reid at [email protected] to order yours today (include name, number of copies and address if you want the book(s) mailed). Books are $10/copy if you stop by our office to pick up, or $15/copy for mailed copies (includes shipping and handling). And big congratulations to all the writers, photographers and artists who are published in Anthology 9! See YWP photographer Lia Chien's photos of the book launch on Oct. 14.