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].
In this issue of The Voice, we celebrate the winners of our Summer Contest, Freedom! CONGRATULATIONS! And thank you to everyone who participated. The winning submissions are featured on the next three pages.
Community Leaders! You are the heart and soul of Young Writers Project – you put so much energy and love into this community that you deserve special recognition. Thank you, Community Leaders, for all you do for YWP, the thought and care you put into your own work, and the encouragement and positive reinforcement you give to others on the site. Community Leaders for 2021-22 will be listed here in September. This is a rolling list – and we always welcome NEW Community Leaders! If you are interested in joining the editorial team for the Community Leaders' monthly newsletter, mentoring other writers and artists, leading an online workshop, suggesting new writing or visual art challenges, hosting an online book discussion or open mic, join the Community Leaders. Just contact Susan Reid, YWP Executive Director, at [email protected]. Note to the YWP Community: Community Leaders are here for you! Reach out to them if you have a question about writing, photography, art – anything YWP!
SPECIAL INVITATION to all YWP community members who are high school graduates, recent and in years past: STAY with YWP! Continue writing on your blog, commenting, chatting on Tiny Writes, discussing books with the Book Club, and anything else that you love at YWP! You are important to us! We'll add a YWP Alumni tag to your name and you'll be all set.