WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WORLD STOPS? Young Writers Project and YWP alumna Adelle Brunstad are working together to document the COVID-19 pandemic through the eyes of YWPers. We are collecting your candid reflections of the strangest period of our lives in words, photos, and art. Share your observations, moments, realizations, frustrations, laughter, sadness, fears, hopes -- whatever you're thinking, feeling, seeing. When this is all over, we will create a digital book documenting the coronavirus days. Check in here for all updates about the project. Where to start? The COVID-19 challenge for writing and COVID-Art for photos and art.
What a wonderful day it was Friday as so many many people participated in VERMONT WRITES DAY!
The day was Young Writers Project's annual day of honoring writing, a day when people of all ages in Vermont (and our friends around the country) took just seven minutes (or more) to write to any of seven fun prompts, including 4Photos (above). Or they picked "General" and wrote about their own ideas.
Many schools participated and principals, teachers, teachers' aides, visitors also jumped in. Many schools reported that their entire school participated and also took time out to share what had been written.
We could ask for nothing more to show the importance of writing and the fun of writing.
Part I: MGMC Welcome poems; Forum on Youth Activism led by Rebecca Haslam; (at 1:30) Amir Sulaiman workshop -- how he writes poetry or The Two Pillars: Sincerity and Beauty
Part II: Open Mic; (at 1:03) Amir Sulaiman performs
Voices for Change was an amazingly powerful event! Thank you all -- all poets, all listeners, our featured slam poet Amir Sulaiman, Muslim Girls Making Change and Beata Tsosie-Peña of Tewa Women United, the youth forum panelists, the brave and brilliant writers at the open mic, the samosa makers, our generous sponsors... More on this later, but to everyone who participated in any way, thank you! Friday, May 11 at Contois Auditorium will always be in our hearts as one of the best YWP events ever! Maybe THE best ...
Mark MARCH 16 on your calendars. YWP's monthly pizza/workshop/open mic at Burlington City Arts -- was again postponed because of snow -- and will focus on gun violence, school safety, political inaction.
PLEASE COME. Join in a workshop with YWP's Denise Casey and Rajnii Eddins at 6 p.m. and open mic at 7 p.m. Bring your writing. Bring your outrage.
YWP's Rajnii Eddins and Geoffrey Gevalt will soon launch a unqiue, live/interactive course on storytelling and performance. Open to all high school students; held in Burlington Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. beginning March 12 through April 18. FREE. Digital component. AND, performance/presentation event as culmination of your work on May 10 at City Hall, Burlington.