Feb 15

Vermont Writes Day is TODAY!

Seven minutes! Seven prompts! Give it a try!
Is your school participating? Get your teachers to give your class time to write for fun.

This is Young Writers Project's annual day of honoring writing -- a day when people of all ages in Vermont (and our friends in New Hampshire and around the country) take just seven minutes to write to seven fun prompts. You can participate on your own, or in class with fellow students and teachers; you can use pencil and paper, or write on one of our websites -- here (if you have an account; if you don't, be patient it may take a while for us to approve your account) or vermontwritesday.org which (no account needed) will open Thursday morning.


Prez: Write a letter to the president. Tell him one thing you want him to do -- and why.

I am: Start or end a piece of writing with the phrase, "I am the one who ... ", to describe who you are, what you love, what you dream of, etc. 

Social media: Imagine if all social media -- Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. -- shut down. Would that be a good thing or a bad thing? How would it affect your life?

Kindness: What's the nicest thing a stranger has done for you? 

Write awful: Use cliches, mixed metaphors, tense changes, whatever you're not supposed to do when you write an essay.

Invisible: Write about a time when you felt completely invisible, literally or figuratively.

Turn around: You answer your phone and a voice whispers, "Turn around..." What happens?

And -- as always -- General writing is welcome. Write about anything you like!

(Hashtag it #vtwrites18 to let us know it was written for Vermont Writes Day!)

PDF version for download (Bottom of this page)
Feb 14

High School Credit Course

A high school credit course for students in Greater Burlington, VT: Storytelling. March 5 - April 18, Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ALL WELCOME. FREE.
Jan 16

The Voice - January 2018

Jan 01

New Workshops!

YWP Community,

We are kicking off the New Year with some new workshops in YWP Academy. Workshops are intended to help you dive deeper, gain some skills and, gulp, have some fun. They are free. Each will be active for at least 6 weeks. You can start anytime; go at your own pace and as your time permits. The more participants we have the merrier so bring in some friends. JOIN up today
(you must log in) to do more with: 
Playwriting -- best plays get performed at Vermont Young Playwrights Festival; 
Storytelling -- make something out of nothing
Hip-Hop -- turn your name into song; 
Photo Story -- tell a story with five photos;  
Sound -- gain chops on narrating your best stuff; 
Commenting -- there is an art to it and, oh, how you can help others!

Sign up today! 

If you want to do any of these (or have us design one for you) for school credit (high school usually) contact me (gg) and contact your school to see what we need to do to help you gain credit. Imagine YWP becoming your homework!

The workshops are led by YWP staff or outside experts who will provide you with feedback, guidance and, at some point, a video conference for the group and individual consultation. There will be a mentor assigned to each workshop as well. And a live chat. 

Feel like you don't have time? You do. Honest. None takes that long (except playwriting); and stretch it out over time.
Dec 15

Hildene Essay Contest

Every year, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, VT, runs the Lincoln Essay Competition for 8th graders throughout Vermont.  

First place winners receive $1000, second place $750, third place $500, and honorable mentions $250.

The deadline for submissions is Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, 2018. This year’s topic:

This year's essay topic:
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:

Mar 12

Writing Contest: 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]
Feb 15

Recent 6-word stories

CatLover: Should I change my user name?Mon, 02/12/2018 - 11:51am
k.daigle: Just like that, she was gone.Tue, 02/06/2018 - 6:38pm
Temperamental T...: "Where did those bruises come from?"Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:59pm
Temperamental T...: I'm the antagonist of my lifeMon, 02/05/2018 - 12:57pm
serenamae2020: You took my soul with you.Fri, 02/02/2018 - 8:06am
deleonaz: They are going through the unimaginableSun, 01/14/2018 - 10:52pm
Feb 15

Power of Commenting

Here's a piece we liked on Vermont Writes Day, and the encouraging comment one writer gave:

Seen, Not Heard.

Submitted by Writer on Thu, 02/15/2018 - 10:52
Feb 15
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Social media

Feb 08


It's Tonight! THURSDAY, FEB. 8!

Young Writers Project & Burlington City Arts present SOUNDCHECK,
a FREE writing workshop with YWP's Artistic Director Rajnii Eddins
and open mic to follow
6 pm writing & pizza | 7-8:15 pm open mic
at Burlington City Arts
135 Church Street, Burlington

Feb 08

The Voice- February 2018

Jan 26

Call for Writers! Deadline Feb. 23

This just in from YWP's pals, Jim Ellefson (poet extraordinaire) and Lesley Wright -- organizers of the Champlain College Young Writers' Conference:
Dear High-Stepping Daughters and Sons of the Word Road,
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!)
Jan 11
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My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving. I chose thanksgiving because I like the juicy turkey that looked like it had been steamed like the mouthwatering pictures in cartoons. The odor of the turkey cooking smelled so good that if compared to a large spread of food it would be100 times better. But I realize it just a skeleton with thick juicy meat on it when it cooks it feels like it smacked me in the face, that’s how good it smelled. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. 

Jan 05


Well, sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't.

I want to apologize to all of you for two things:
  1. In almost 12 years of running YWP I've never had the site down as long as I've had it down today (AND yesterday, either, for that matter). I've got some help in attempting a thorny fix and, well, it's not quite there yet. So sorry.
  2. In the process, you may have gotten (and you may still be getting) a bunch of old, weird email notifications that direct you to our development site. DELETE those. But, please don't mark them as spam. We want you to still get notifications in the future once things are working right.

The good news is that everything is exactly the same as it was before we put the site in maintenance mode. Your content is safe and sound. The site was, merely, in a time warp. So have at it. And we hope all of you who had a snow day today will share some of your experiences!

Enjoy the weekend and don't forget to sign up for the YWP Academy workshops! They'll get underway next week, but you can take them at your own pace. AND INVITE FRIENDS. The more the merrier!

And thanks to all of you who joined me at last night's video conference. GREAT ideas for workshops in the near future!


Jan 05

We have winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the second annual 12 Days of Commenting. From Dec. 24-Jan. 4, your comments made the holidays happy and bright! 

First place: Hazel.C.!!
Runner up: Anna P.!!

Honorable mention goes to: nean_bean, jbird18, H20.hollym, Nightheart, Flowerdragon and Love to write.