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!


CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

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:

 
May 31

Missing the Spelling Bee this year?


Hey YWP! Check out the Washington Post's online Spelling Bee – moderated by YWP Board Member Jacques Bailly, who is also the Scripps National Spelling Bee official pronouncer! Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Scripps National Spelling Bee was canceled for the first time since World War II. In the Washington Post Opinions Spelling Bee, Post columnists and editors gathered on Zoom to face off against one another and 2015 national bee co-champion Vanya Shivashankar – with Jacques as the host! GO JACQUES!
 
May 27

The ELM: Edmunds Literary Magazine

For two decades, teacher Rich Boyers and his students at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, VT have created an annual literary magazine called The ELM (Edmunds Literary Magazine). This year, the coronavirus pandemic prompted them to make a change from traditional print to digital. The Edmunds editorial team asked Young Writers Project to collaborate with them on an online edition of The ELM for 2020. The result was a great partnership – and this Special Issue of The Voice. Congratulations Edmunds Middle School for finding a way around the pandemic to publish The ELM!
May 26

Special issue of The Voice

For two decades, teacher Rich Boyers and his students at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, VT have created an annual literary magazine called The ELM (Edmunds Literary Magazine). This year, the coronavirus pandemic prompted them to make a change from traditional print to digital. The Edmunds editorial team asked Young Writers Project to collaborate with them on an online edition of The ELM for 2020. The result was a great partnership – and this Special Issue of The Voice. Congratulations Edmunds Middle School for finding a way around the pandemic to publish The ELM!
May 25

What's your opinion?

May 25

Media Partners

THE NEWSPAPER SERIES: Young Writers Project started as a feature in The Burlington Free Press, and we continue to publish a page of YWP writers and photographers in the Free Press each week during the academic year. We also publish weekly in the Valley News, covering central Vermont and New Hampshire, and we have a monthly feature of local writers and artists in newspapers around Vermont, including the Addison Independent, the Bradford Journal-Opinion, the Brattleboro Reformer, the Charlotte News, the Essex Reporter, the Milton Independent, the Rutland Herald (and Rutland Reader), the St. Albans Messenger, the Times Argus (and Times Argus Extra), and the Williston Observer. The original YWP writing that has been published in the Newspaper Series can be found here on the YWP site.
May 23

Thanks writers!

Thank you writers and thank you Alex Muck for another great online writing party Friday night! More online parties to come this summer and fall! Stay tuned for dates!
 
May 22

This Week's One Word Story

May 22

Workshop-Character Development

May 22

Workshop-Understanding Character

[Workshop and photo: YWP Archive. Workshop by Cindy Faughnan; Photo by Kevin Huang]
In this multi-part workshop, we'll work on creating a new character or developing a character in a story you're already working on. Let's figure out what really makes your character tick -- and make that character come alive.
  Have fun!
May 21

Imagine If It Was The World


Try taking an everyday object or living thing you see every day, and imagine if that was the world
May 16

Summer of Stories 2020

[Illustration by Autumn Larocque, Danville School]
YWP's annual Summer of Stories is here! New writing, photo and art challenges each week through the summer! Join us! Have fun! Stay connected with the YWP community!
May 10

Vermont Young Playwrights Festival!

The Vermont Young Playwrights Festival continues today, Tuesday, May 12 with High School Day! Watch here! The festival is a two-day livestreamed event May 11 (Middle School Day) and May 12 from 8:30am-6pm (High School Day). ​Tune in anytime through the day (just click the button on the photo), and make sure to watch for these Young Writers Project playwrights:
  • Tuesday, May 12, 12:30pm-1:45pm: Featured Plays:
  • "I've Got News for You" by Charlotte Hughes,
  • "Out of the Woods" by Isa Blankenbaker,
  • "Erotomania" by Finn Verdonk
Congratulations, Charlotte, Isa, and Finn! And congratulations Lily Hutcheson, whose play "Sparrow Flies" was featured Monday!
May 05

Publication Opportunity

Sam Aikman and Delilah Kramer, students at Big Picture School in South Burlington, are collecting art and writing from students of all ages across Vermont about their experiences during COVID-19. Interested? Go to their website, A Collection of Capturings. Deadline: Wednesday, May 27.
May 02

Books on Writing

[Photo: Kimberly Farmer, Unsplash]
For Middle School, High School and Beyond

"The Elements of Style"(fourth edition) by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White

"Writing Magic" by Gail Carson Levine

"Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life" by Anne Lamott

"The First Five Pages: A Writer's Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile" by Noah Lukeman

"Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind" by Natalie Goldberg

"How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling" by James N. Frey

"On Writing Well" by William Zinsser

"Essential Literary Terms" by Sharon Hamilton

"Because Writing Matters" by Carl Nagin & The National Writing Project (Jossey-Bass)

"Active Voice: A program of Writing Across the Curriculum" by James Moffett (Heinemann)