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.
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?
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].
Hey YWP, you might know me on the site as Nightheart. I want to introduce you to some great poets I've discovered – from all walks of life. APRIL'S POET IS KAHLIL GIBRAN! (See more below.) Learn about their style, their themes, their contributions to the poetry landscape. Gain inspiration from the topics that they choose to write about, and become inspired by some of their most famous poems! Write to the Great Poets challenge if you're inspired by these poets' work. The poets are organized by months, but you can write about any of the poets anytime in this ongoing challenge.
APRIL 2021 – Hey poets! April is Middle Eastern Heritage Month, and we're going to be focusing on one of the most famous modern poets of Middle Eastern descent, Kahlil Gibran. While his more famous works are in English, he was a huge influence in the Arabic Romantic movement. He was born in what is now northern Lebanon, and was educated in England, Paris and Beirut. He was an amazing figure in both poetic circles and in art, as he was a painter as well.
I really need new ideas for poems. And Quickly. if you don't get me some I will literally lose it! In the two weeks, I have begun to love poetry. They're really fun and have made me find a deeper understanding of things. Please respond with some ideas, it can be an object, a topic, anything!(please type things I would know of ;) thanks)
Author Aimee Picchi, a Young Writers Project board member, business reporter for CBS News, and mother of YWP writer charvermont, has been named a finalist for the 56th annual Nebula Awards by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA). She is an award finalist in the short story category for her flash fiction piece “Advanced Word Problems in Portal Math.” Congratulations, Aimee!
Vermont poets are invited to submit recordings of themselves to VPR reading short, original poems in celebration of National Poetry Month in April. Submissions accepted until April 20. For details, go here.
Hear VT State Rep Karen Dolan read YWP writer Ruth Knox's poem "For the school year, for the teachers, for my friends," on the Vermont House Floor for the devotional on March 16, 2021: https://youtu.be/g0xYN6qVJbc?t=21 Ruth's poem was also featured on VTDigger.org. See it here.