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:

Jan 26

ywp-cjp logo

Jan 22

YWP Newspaper Series - 2021

Read or download YWP submissions to Vermont newspapers
Burlington Free Press, 1/25/2021

Jan 21

Great Poets

[Photo: Phil Botha, Unsplash]

Hey YWP,
I want to introduce you to some great poets I've discovered – from all walks of life. Learn about their style, their themes, their contributions to the poetry landscape. Write to prompts that flow from these poets' work. This month's featured poet is xxxx. RESOURCES, examples, etc.
If you're inspired, write to these challenges: CHALLENGE-EXAMPLE
Need more info or just want to talk poetry? Message me on the site at Nightheart.

Jan 18

Lincoln Essay Competition

Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, VT, invites Vermont 8th graders to enter the annual Lincoln Essay Competition by responding to this prompt: Choose one issue that you think demonstrates how our nation either is or is not honoring the ideal that all people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Give three examples to support your position. Suggest one step that could either further strengthen our course or get our nation back on track and explain why this step would be effective.  

First place: $500; second place: $400; third place: $300; and up to four honorable mentions of $200 each.
Deadline: Feb. 26, 2021
Contest application: https://hildene.org/learning/lincoln_essay
Contact: Stephanie at [email protected]
Jan 17

Coming Tuesday, Feb. 2!

Jan 14

Tell Me A Story Contest

Writers, ages 15-18, are invited to participate in the 6th annual "Tell Me A Story" contest by Narrative Magazine. Details:
  • First place $500, second place $200, third $100. Plus publication on NarrativeMagazine.com.
  • The prompt: Escape. Write a poem (10-50 lines) that takes your audience on an escape that only you can write—in your unique voice.
  • Must be previously unpublished in print or online.
  • Submit work through your English teacher on contest submission page
  • Deadline: Feb. 4, 2021
Jan 13

Listen Up: Black Voices of Vermont

Black Voices of Vermont is a collaborative story-sharing project to amplify the stories of Black teenagers across the state. Kingdom County Productions, Centerpoint, and the Listen Up Project are seeking teens interested in sharing their experiences of being a Black person living in Vermont. Based on email questions, the interviews will be featured on various social media platforms during February, Black History Month, and beyond. If you're interested, contact director Shani Stoddard at [email protected].
Jan 12

Seeing & Disrupting Racism

Jan 11

Today's Tiny Write

Dec 31

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Dec 30


Dec 30

January Book: Black is the Body

The January Book Pick is "Black is the Body" by Emily Bernard. YWP's charvermont, who selected this month's book, says, "Black is the Body is a memoir of essays about Emily Bernard's life. They are beautifully written and made me think a lot." Emily Bernard teaches at the University of Vermont. Stop in any time to THE YWP BOOK CLUB to discuss this book or any book – new discoveries and old favorites.
Dec 27

Write with us! Tonight!

Poet Reuben Jackson and Teaching Artist Alex Muck team up for a magical night of Sounds and Singularities, a special YWP online writing salon on the powerful connection between music and poetry – Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, 6:30-8 PM EST. SIGN UP HERE!
Dec 27

Open Mic this Saturday, Jan. 30

Oh Snap! Online open mic nights every month with hosts eyesofIris and Yellow Sweater!
Next one is Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 PM EST! Sign up here.

Oh Snap! will be held the last Saturday night of each month through May! You must have a YWP account to participate. Sign up forms for your Zoom invitation will be on the site before each event. Signup is here.

Here are the upcoming dates; all events start at 7 PM EST:
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Saturday, May 29, 2021