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:

Dec 10

SoundCheck features Javan Nichols

Thursday night - DEC. 13 - from 6-8 pm, Young Writers Project and Burlington City Arts present SoundCheck featuring Javan Nichols! 135 Church Street, Burlington. This event is free and open to all. Writing Workshop. Pizza. Open Mic.

ABOUT JAVAN: A freshman at Rice Memorial High School, Javan was recently published in YWP Anthology 9 (*see poem below) and he performs at spoken word and open mic events in the Burlington area. Javan is part of YWP's Voices for Change project and works on his poetry with Rajnii Eddins, YWP's artistic director and slam poet. Javan started writing poetry in 6th grade and was encouraged by his teachers at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington because of his strong voice. Much of his poetry has to do with social injustice and racism.

*The One They Fear
By Javan Nichols, Burlington

Published in YWP Anthology 9
I am the one they fear.
Dec 10

Writing on the Rooftop

Photo credit: Karma Bird House

Dec 04
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Trees cant speak

    Matthew Hayes
Dec 01

YWP Recently

See what we've been up to lately...
Nov 29

Voices of the World

Join the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program at Flynnspace in Burlington on Saturday, Dec. 1, 7 pm for a showcase of Vermont talent from around the world. Young Writers Project's Narges Anzali, Javan Nichols, and Asha Ganguly-Hickok are among the featured artists!
Nov 24


Nov 16

Featuring YWP's Narges Anzali

YWP Community Leader Narges Anzali is the featured artist at the Voices of Color Showcase on Monday night! Come out and hear Narges perform some of her inspiring work: Nov. 19, 7-9 pm at the Light Club Lamp Shop, 12 N. Winooski Ave. Burlington.
Nov 06

Shout Out to Leonardo's!

Congratulations to Leonardo's, a loyal supporter of YWP!
Leonardo's was just named Business of the Year for 2018 by The Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce. The chamber said Leonardo's "has demonstrated a strong commitment to both their employees and our community, supporting numerous community events and organizations." Leonardo's is YWP's go-to source for pizza and other tasty food at our events, and we urge everyone in the YWP circle of friends to support this great family business!

Nov 05

Great [email protected]

Read any good books lately? Check out the growing list in comments to this post and share your recommendations! Just click "read more" and add your list to the comment box. Thanks to dogpoet for this idea! 

Thanks, Hazel and Sophie!

Photo credit: Kyle Tansley for Burlington City Arts

Big shout-out to Sophie Dauerman, left, and Hazel Civalier, right, YWP Community Leaders for an amazing open mic and workshop on Climate Change!
Oct 17

Special Thanks to our Donors!

Thanks to all of you for providing us support to ensure that YWP keeps going! Your contributions are extremely important. We are particularly thankful to the following organizations and foundations who have shown faith in us for many years. Thanks:

Oct 16

"Anthology 9" Book Launch!

October 14, 2018 - YWP "Anthology 9" Book Launch at Maglianero Cafe in Burlington, VT

Congratulations to all the young writers and artists who are published in YWP's new book, "Anthology 9."
It was such a privilege and incredibly inspiring to listen to all these speakers and to be able to be a part of something so incredible. Congrats to everyone!
- Lia Chien
Oct 15

Vote For Me

Oct 15

A writer's gift

Anthology 9 cover art: Neelie Markley
Anthology 9 would make a great holiday gift for family and friends! Email Susan Reid at [email protected] to order yours today (include name, number of copies and address if you want the book(s) mailed). Books are $10/copy if you stop by our office to pick up, or $15/copy for mailed copies (includes shipping and handling). And big congratulations to all the writers, photographers and artists who are published in Anthology 9! See YWP photographer Lia Chien's photos of the book launch on Oct. 14.
Oct 11

Writers Block

Is there any challenges I should do this month/year, I've hit a creative road block. So let me know if there is any challenges I should do. Thank You!