Feb 08

The Voice- February 2018

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:
Describe a current or recent event in which the actions of the participant(s) may be viewed as patriotic by some and as unpatriotic by others.  Discuss the differing points of view.  What is your position and why?

Complete application packets (including guidelines and tips) can be downloaded: http://www.hildene.org/schools.html.

Contact: Stephanie at [email protected]
Dec 05

Nov/Dec 2017 Issue

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:

Jul 05

Today's Pick

Jul 03

Protesters in Burlington

Jun 28

Writing Contest: Explore

This writing contest -- Explore -- comes to YWP from Alex Baker, who leads a UK teen writing group, Igniting Writing, at the public library in Wokingham, England.
Jun 12

Youth Activists: Sunday event

Don't miss the Youth Activist Summit TOMORROW -- Sunday, June 16, 10:30-5:00, in Barre, Vermont! Whether you are part of social justice work or want to learn more about getting involved, come to this youth-led event, supported by the Peace & Justice Center! It's geared to teens in middle and high school, and it is FREE or by donation at the door. Limited mileage reimbursement available. Lunch included. Register today here.
Jun 11

YWP awarded national grant for journalism project

[Credit: Ryan Mercer/Burlington Free Press]
We’re thrilled that Young Writers Project received a $25,000 national grant from USA TODAY NETWORK’s A Community Thrives initiative! We were one of 16 national grantees, selected from more than 1,500 applications to A Community Thrives, part of the Gannett Foundation.This grant will help support a new community journalism project for the 2019-20 school year! More details here.
Jun 02

Good Thoughts

May 24

Songwriters Bootcamp

Join critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Myra Flynn at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts for an eight-day songwriting workshop for teens and adults, starting June 1 (5-6:30 pm) and culminating with a show at Burlington's Lamp Shop on June 9. Tuition $200 (scholarships available).
Find out more here.
May 24

Summer of Stories

May 16

Having Voice

Young Writers Project writers Narges Anzali, Charlotte Hughes, and Hazel Civalier led an amazing spoken word/social justice workshop at Up For Learning's Power Squared Conference at Lake Morey, Vermont last month. During the course of the day, the three were also interviewed by the Vermont Folklife Center for its Listen In audio project: "What does it mean to have a voice?"
May 15

Listen Up Project!

Young Writers Project is excited to present YWP writers and artists an opportunity to be part of Vermont filmmaker Bess O'Brien's Listen Up project! Find out more here, see the writing prompts below -- and read on!
May 15

Summer Writing Workshop

Credit: Alexis Brown, Unsplash
Write with Jennifer Cohen at Vermont Commons School: Monday, July 15th - Friday, July 19th, 9:00- 1:00; OR Monday, July 22nd  - Friday, July 26th,  9:00 - 1:00. Ages: Must be at least a rising 7th grader. Cost for one week: $300. Location: Meet at Vermont Commons School (75 Green Mountain Dr., South Burlington), but will venture outside to comfortable, inspiring places. Bring your own lunch. ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: Jennifer Cohen teaches English at Vermont Commons School in South Burlington, VT. She has taught for 27 years and has masters degrees from Harvard and the University of Washington. Of this workshop, she says: "This summer workshop will gather creative writers who will plan a week of short readings and creative writing, based on their individual interests.
May 09

In the News: YWP Board Member Jacques Bailly!

May 09

Thanks VSC

Rebecca Valley was the recent recipient of a scholarship for YWP alumni to experience a week-long writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT.