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:

Feb 15

New Yorker Poetry Editor comes to VT

Kevin Young, poet, poetry editor of The New Yorker, and director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at New York Public Libraries, is giving a free lecture, open to the public, at the Davis Center at UVM on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 4 pm. Find out more!

Feb 12
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what i'm thinking

If you do, read the second word.
Feb 10

Congrats Rebecca Valley!

Rebecca Valley has been chosen as the recipient of a new writing residency scholarship for YWP alumni at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT. Congratulations, Rebecca! 
Feb 03

A Surfeit of Riches

Month Two of the new, improved Voice -- and we are thrilled with the exceptional writing, photos and art you see in this issue! This is just a sample of the many high quality posts submitted on youngwritersproject.org recently. Wish we could have included everything we loved here. But there's always next month.
  • Kudos to LadyMidnight for her cover photo of winter waves on Lake Champlain. Beautiful.
  • Vermont Writes Day, YWP's annual day of writing on Feb. 1 -- what a blast! -- brought in hundreds of poems and stories from people across the state and beyond -- and we hope they discovered that writing is FUN and the YWP community is amazing!
  • This month, we were also delighted by the artwork of students at Danville School, submitted to YWP by their teacher Abigail Bartell, abartell. Thanks Ms Bartell! You'll see the students' drawings and digital art throughout this issue.
Feb 03


Feb 01

Thanks for a great VT Writes Day!

Photos Vermont Writes Day at Hinesburg Community School by Geoff Gevalt
Students and teachers from across Vermont -- and beyond -- were writing like made on Friday -- YWP's choice for this year's annual Vermont Writes Day! Thanks so much for all your participation. And Don't Stop! Keep on writing here and wherever. Writing is such an important skill to own.

Here's a sampling of some of the storytelling we saw. (We'll be going through all the posts here and on https://vermontwritesday.org to select the very best for publication!)

I was waiting for a train,
I was waiting in the rain
on a trip to Tennessee,
my whole family waiting for me.
I went to board
then exclaimed "OH LORD"
what was below my feet,
made my exclamation repeat.
Jan 25

YWP Alumni! Call for Submissions

Photo courtesy of Vermont Studio Center
Incredible opportunity for alumni of Young Writers Project!
Full scholarship for a one-week writing residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT this spring
Vermont Week writing residency scholarship  
Dates: April 29 until May 6, 2019
Where: Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT (Info on the center)
Who: If you are a YWP alumni, 21 years or older, you should apply
Deadline: Submissions must be received by Friday, Feb. 1!
Jan 19

Writing on the Roof #1: Photos of the day

Writing on the Roof got off to a fabulous start Jan. 19 with the first in the series -- The 'I' in Memoryscape! Thanks Mindy Wong for leading this inspiring workshop, and thanks all who joined us to write on a wintry Saturday morning, just moments before the whopper snow storm hit! The next workshop in the series is The Killer College Essay on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 12 on the roof of the Karma Bird House, 47 Maple Street. Sign up!
Jan 18

The VTWRITES Challenges

Jan 17


Join YWP and writer Mindy Wong for the first in a series of Writing on the Roof workshops tomorrow! Grab one of the last seats for an inspiring morning! Sign up here
WHEN: Saturday, Jan.19, 10 am - 11:30 am
Jan 16


Writers: This challenge has cash prizes. Read on ...


1. Write a persuasive essay urging people to take action against the invasive insect, emerald ash borer (EAB). Present a fact-based argument. You might include why this matters, how communities and homeowners can respond to EAB, and why a response is needed.
2. In poetry or prose, tell the story of an ash tree that is threatened by EAB. You might stretch back to the ash tree's history and its important role for the Abenaki people, for wildlife, or for the community where it grows. You could tell a story of empowerment, a tree that rebels and fights back. Or perhaps you have a special relationship with that tree and it dies. What happens? What takes its place? Let your creativity guide you.

Click here to respond to the Challenge.
Read on for more details ...
Jan 05

A New Voice ... A New Year

We are so excited to launch this beautiful new version of The Voice! 

This digital magazine highlights some of the best writing and art we've seen recently at Young Writers Project. And we'll have a new issue for you every month through the school year. We're thrilled to bring the magazine in-house to youngwritersproject.org, with this new look, after publishing on an external platform since September 2014.

If you have thoughts on the magazine - suggestions, improvements, anything at all, we'd love to hear from you! And if you want to comment on the writers' work, just click on the little speech bubble at the end of each piece and your comment will magically appear on their blog on youngwritersproject.org