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Feb 21
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The Voice - Feb.March 2017

Each month, with community help, YWP assembles the very best writing, images, audio and video for display in The Voice, our monthly digital magazine. This magazine celebrates the very best that this community produces. This month casts light on the amazing energy and entertaining content from Vermont Writes Day and the events surrounding it.
Nov 28

Winter Tales!



Congratulations to the winners of the Winter Tales Challenge! Selected works were presented in early December by the Vermont Stage Company actors and by all accounts the shows were outstanding!
Selected were: Eliza Goodell, Sophie Usherwood, Chloe Gagnon, Julia Remillard, Shannon MacDonald, Sophia Nistico, Saia Patel, Landon Smith, Finn Verdonk, Sophie Dauerman, Remy Schulz, Abby Simmons, Anna Phelps, Devon DeMarse!


SELECTED WORKS & WHEN THEY WERE PRESENTED BELOW
CLICK HERE TO READ ALL THE WINTER TALE RESPONSES
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!


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

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 ggevalt@youngwritersproject.org.
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:

 
Apr 24

Ch-Ch-Changes....

Howdy. You will note some changes on the site:
  • A new look for when you create/edit a blog. This was done to make it look a little cleaner AND have it work properly in a Smartish Phone or small tablet. Cool.
  • AND AND and... The Big Change in AUDIO. You will now see in your blog create/edit, within ADD MEDIA, two (2) fields for Audio, one Audio Upload (hmmm, wonder what that means?) and Audio Recorder. Both are much easier to do than before and we really would love to have you start using the Audio Recorder functionality. It now works on ALL BROWSERS in Desktop and Laptops (still trying to get iOS and Android technologies).  WHY would you? Because we love the sound of your voices. Because our media partners love stories that have your voices that are well-recorded.
Apr 19
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The First 100 Days

Apr 17
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Donation = Love

Young Writers Project depends on generosity and donations to keep our work going:
  • this community: a safe, non-judgmental space with feedback and encouragement open to youths all over the world;
  • our Learning programs: The YWP Academy, a unique, free collection of interactive workshops on this site; The Schools Project, an inexpensive, supported digital platform for students to practice writing and have fun; and live (often video-streamed) workshops; and 
  • our Publications: Best work published in newspapers, with radio and TV, on other respected websites and in The VoiceYWP's digital showcase. 

Young Writers Project (YWP) is a 501c3 nonprofit. Your donation is tax deductible. Recurring monthly donations are saintly. Checks are awesome. Credit card donations may be made RIGHT NOW and securely through JustGive.org:
 

 

Or PayPal:

 

Apr 17
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SoundCheck! May 5!


DON'T MISS THE FINAL SOUNDCHECK OF THE YEAR!

Join Burlington City Arts and Young Writers Project for the finale of this amazing youth spoken word event!
Anyone age 13-18 is welcome to sign up in advance to perform stories, poems, slams to a live audience! 
Workshop/warmup and pizza at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 p.m.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO PERFORM!

Apr 17
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College Prep Boot Camp This Summer

ARE YOU IN A PANIC ABOUT YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY?
YWP IS AT THE READY TO HELP YOU WRITE A WINNER!

If you are a High School Junior or Senior in Fall 2017, consider spending just three days with Young Writers Project and the experts at VSAC (Vermont Student Assistance Corp.) to help focus your college aspirations and craft an outstanding college essay that captures your story and shows the world who you are and where you want to go.
Apr 13

Turning Bullies into Leaders -- DML Research Hub


Turning Bullies Into Leaders Through Writing
Thursday, April 13, 2017 
By Howard Rheingold

Journalist-turned educator Geoffrey Gevalt is speaking of the Young Writers Project, an online writing magazine and community by and for more than 3,000 young people: “This site is a community that provides peer, mentor and professional support through reactions to individual posts, projects (youth-led, artist-supported initiatives) and, formal learning Playlists — offered for a small fee (or free if you can’t afford it.) This community has only one rule — RESPECT — which creates one of the most civil spaces on the Internet. We value that; if you know that your ideas will be supported, it’s easy to try something new, to take a risk.”
Apr 06

The Voice - April 2017


 Each month, with community help, YWP assembles the very best writing, images, audio and video for display in The Voice, our monthly digital magazine. In the April issue, meet Writer of the Month Elizabeth Hardt, read all about news & events, discover new writers and artists. Be inspired!
Apr 03

YWP Wins Grant to Promote Tolerance

Young Writers Project has been awarded a national grant to foster understanding of and reduce bias against Muslims.
Apr 03

French Poetry Competition

Write an original poem in French (any length) and win cash prizes!
Submissions due: April 14
Submit to: info@aflcr.org (The Alliance Francaise of the Lake Champlain Region)
Mar 31

YWP Gets Doris Duke Grant -- Seven Days

Young Writers Project Wins Grant to Promote Islamic Art and Culture
BY KYMELYA SARI 
FRI, MAR 31, 2017 

For the first time, the Young Writers Project will receive a grant from the New York City-based Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art. YWP is one of 11 organizations nationwide receiving the grants, which are funded by DDFIA's Building Bridges Program and designed to foster understanding of and reduce bias against Muslims across the U.S. 

The grant — $90,000, over two years — is intended to support a youth-led project that will "engage Muslim and non-Muslim youth in Vermont with storytelling, performances and publication of work that expand their understanding of Muslim cultures and related social justice issues," according to a statement from the foundation.