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].
Katherine Arden is the New York Times best-selling author of the Winternight Trilogy: The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower and The Winter of the Witch. She is also the author of the children's horror novels Small Spaces and Dead Voices. She lives in Vermont.
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Art is an excellent way to connect with news, current events, and storytelling. Great art shines somehow. It has flair and originality. It often has an idea, a striking component or an element of surprise behind it.
Illustrations are often inspired by a written piece and meant to enhance the message. For the Community Journalism Project, you could create art inspired by a commentary or story by another YWP user. You could also, if you are so inclined, do both — write a commentary and create an accompanying illustration.
You might also choose to tell a story through a graphic novel, as YWP alumna Erin Bundock did, at left, in this personal story set in a hospital ICU.
The Community Journalism Project is made possible by the support of the Gannett Foundation/USA Today Network, Lisa Schamberg and Patrick Robins of Burlington, the Windham Foundation, and the National Life Group Foundation.
We also wish to thank YWP's major donors for their ongoing support, including The Bay and Paul Foundations, Physician's Computer Co., Vermont Business Roundtable, and Amy E. Tarrant Foundation.
Young Writers Project is funded solely by foundations, businesses, and individuals whose generosity allows us to offer our programs free to young writers and artists.
Here is an example, taken by Abigail Harkness of Shelburne, of what newspapers and magazines call "wild art." It is basically just a compelling photograph. The photographer is alert to the moment and captures "life" as it unfolds. For the Community Journalism Project, we are especially interested in seeing images that capture your perspective on your community. Keep your eyes open for "wild art" around you.
A photo essay works best with a brief written introduction. This ushers the reader toward a general sense of what you were thinking as a photographer, and what to expect in the photos to come. After that, you do not have to identify every photo with a caption, though of course you can if you want to.
YWP photographer Lia Chien of Richmond, at left, creates a photo essay of her experience at sunrise at the top of Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park. Lia writes: "Hundreds of people had come to watch the sunrise, more than I had ever seen. They came to watch something that happens every day, literally! The sun rises every single day of the year and we don't come outside to watch it. Something about being on a mountain makes people want to wake up early to go watch the single most reliable event in the world. I pondered this for a while, questioning why I, too, did this."
ON GUN CONTROL (S.6, S.221, H.422) By Paige Autumn, South Burlington
[Author's Note: I was asked to write a testimony to give at a student-organized rally in Montpelier while the bills (S.6, S.221, H. 422) were in the process of consideration. I spoke my truth in front of the public and news outlets that afternoon instead of going to classes as did the other students who were there. Leading up to that day, I organized rides to the State House and helped circulate a petition among students at my high school in support of these bills. Along with writing and submitting this piece to outlets such as VT Digger and The Other Paper, I asked my classmates to submit their testimonies as well. You can find a lot of South Burlington High School students' and other Vermont youths' pieces on VT Digger. Remember, your voice matters. Take space and leave space.]
[Credit: Luis Tato/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images]
The world’s land and water resources are being exploited at “unprecedented rates,” a new United Nations report warns... Read The New York Times report here. YWP's Hazel Civalier and Sophie Dauerman will be leading a climate change workshop as part of Voices for Change on Thursday, Sept. 19 at Burlington City Arts, 135 Church St., Burlington! More details coming soon ... Don't miss this!