May 28


May 16


May 04


Take pictures of things that are the color yellow. Make a slideshow. Write an accompanying poem or commentary on the photos.

[YWP Photo Library; Photo by Grace Safford]
May 04


Record the sound of yourself writing. Post the piece you were writing, and your audio clip, to YWP.

[YWP Photo Library; Photo by Shannon Ripp]
Mar 23

Sound 4 - Surprise

You walk downstairs to make breakfast only to discover the animal in this recording standing in the middle of your kitchen. Write about the chaos that ensues...

[YWP Photo Library; Photo by Grace Safford; Sound Credit]

Frank Glazer -- An Elder Story -- audio/photo

Jan 19


What gets you really angry? What makes your blood boil? Write a slam poem about it. Record yourself performing it, and post the audio and the writing. 

[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Shannon Ripp]
Nov 03


Your character is walking, hands in pockets, when they hear this sound, or they are on a bike speeding past a field. Let this sound and setting inspire your story.

[Photo Credit: Perriscope, Creative Commons License] [Sound Credit: RCA, Freesound]

Oct 06


What is a fear you have that is sure to make people say, “That’s weird.” Write an example of how the fear has played out – or could play out – for you.
[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, Christi Tassie]

Sep 27

Basic Recording Tips

When recording someone, or yourself, there are a few tips that will make your experience go that much smoother. (NOTE: Check the ACADEMY to see if there are any audio workshops underway. You can jump in anytime.)

Renting. If you have a smartphone, you can easily record with that. And there are plenty of free apps for that. But if you want to have a slightly higher quality recording, many people opt to use an actual audio recorder. You can often borrow or rent audio equipment at your local library, at your school, or through community programs such as public access TV or, even, music shops. There are also some good, inexpensive digital recorders to purchase; if you are doing a lot of sound work, it's probably worth the investment if you can.

Workshop Description:

This Playlist will walk through the steps needed to record, manipulate, and export high quality audio content--all with free software and hardware available on most computers. This is a great place to start if you want to begin playing around with sound--turning your writing into spoken word recordings, adding soundtracks or soundscapes to your work, or learning the basics behind recording a song.

We'll be using a free program called Audacity, but you can use whatever program works for you. There are links in each XP to more detailed tutorials, if you have further questions.

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Doug DeMaio
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Hey! I'm Doug, the Young Writers Project Web/Instruction Coordinator. Feel free to ask me questions about YWP!

Workshop Description:

In this Playlist, we'll take the first steps toward using sound in our storytelling. The XPs explore the power that using music and/or voice can have, when utilized in your digital stories. This Playlist is aimed at helping you develop ideas around how and why to use sound. We'll also touch on some principles of voice-over recording and background music. You may want to keep a notepad handy for when an idea strikes you!

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