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Nov 15

YWP Academy: Diving deep!

YWP Academy is a new, exciting feature on this site that will help you with your school work, allow you to "mess around" with genres and digital media that interest you and engage you to deeply explore important issues with youths around the country and world.

YWP has begun to pilot the workshops in the Academy with a small group of you. THANKS! The input -- and your experiences with these cool workshops -- has been invaluable. The Workshops being offered are fun, bite-sized exercises with feedback, live interaction with the instructor and a finished piece you can be proud of.
We are continuing to accept applications for this FREE pilot phase!


The pilot is simple: Anyone aged 12-19 is asked to take at least two Workshops and provide us feedback. The application process is easy - just tell us who you are, why you're interested and what you want to learn.
This begins November 7 and runs through December 31.

In exchange, we'll give you FREE year-long access to YWP Academy in 2017 (memberships are valued at $120 each). Questions? Send them to [email protected].
Feb 15

Now this makes you proud to be a writer, no?

UPDATE: YWP is in conversations with this group to invite the young writers and their mentors into our community! More soon.--gg
I came across this video made by a group of young writers in Chicago:

Oct 14

FREE College Essay & Prep Workshop



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

YWP Headquarters, 47 Maple Street, Suite 106, Burlington, VT
Sep 21
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Peace Day-Sept. 21

Thursday, September 21 is International Peace Day, an annual day of ceasefire and non-violence adopted by the United Nations in 2001 and organized by the nonprofit group, Peace One Day. People around the world take this day to reflect on peace, to learn more about how to achieve peace and to write and speak about it.
Sep 12

At the end of this rainbow ...


A survey!      (Oh, no!)        Oh yes!

Aug 21
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Weekly Writing Challenges 2017-18

These weekly challenges are created by YWP's young writers, summer interns and staff to inspire YOU to write! They are scheduled each week with a Friday deadline and are sent to schools as part of our regular publication process in a dozen VT newspapers, on &
Aug 09

Your Voice Can Have Impact

So I make this request with considerable humility. I know it's summer. I know for me to ask you to review a 27-page document is, well, worse than spending a week at the beach in a hurricane. But... I am an optimist.

The State of Vermont has issued a draft of its Digital Learning Plan for the next five years. If you go to the last page of the document that's attached you will see that there were NO YOUTHS involved in the creation of this document which will have a great impact on what happens TO youths in schools. (At least all of you in Vermont.) 
Aug 07
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Week Three Reading — YWP Book Club

It's that time again – the activities for Week Three of reading have been posted on the YWP Book Club page! 

The YWP Book Club is reading Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart. This week, we will be reading chapters 14 - 19 (read through 19) from August 7th to August 12th. The activities are up, and the chat room is always open for us to talk about books. 
Aug 02
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Summer of Stories Revamped

Due to popular demand, we have UPDATED the last three weeks of Summer of Stories. Check out all of the new prompts for the last week HERE. 
Jul 24
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Time to Start Reading — YWP Book Club

The YWP Book Club is officially starting our book! It is time to start reading Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart. The reading schedule and the activities for the book have been POSTED. Go over to the book club HERE to check them out.

For Week One, we will be reading chapters 1 - 7 from July 24th to July 30th.
Jul 21
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Please Give

Young Writers Project depends on generosity and donations to keep our work going. Please donate today!
Jul 17
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The votes are in, and you have chosen to read Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart! The YWP Book Club will be reading this book together from July 24th - August 16th! Get your copy before the 24th so that you can start reading with us. 

Go to the official Book Club page HERE
Jul 12

YWP Book Club!

You spoke ... we listened! A couple of you suggested a YWP Book Club to recommend, discover and talk about books (and movies and, whatever).
Jul 06

The Voice - July/August 2017

Please tell us what you think in the comments section!
Jul 05

YWP Video Hangout #2

Jun 20

Site Under Construction AT 3 PM TUESDAY


Summer of Story tellers,

We at YWP are always busy and will soon be taking the site down for a bit to do some construction -- at 3 PM EST. Your content will be safe. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Those of you experiencing good weather, it is a WONDERFUL time to go outside and explore.


Check back with us.