Mar 11

I and You

Poetry Competition! Write! Get published! Win tickets to this amazing play! Deadline: Thursday, March 31.
Vermont Stage and Young Writers Project invite all middle and high school writers to respond to one of the writing challenges below to accompany Vermont Stage's upcoming play, "I and You," April 20-May 8 at FlynnSpace in Burlington. The winning submission will be printed in the play's program and the top three writers will receive a pair of tickets to see "I and You,"
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Think of one of your favorite places -- an old building or a barn or a house or a section of a park. Now imagine this place 100 years ago or even 200 years ago. What did it look like then? Who was around? Tell a story.

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Dec 12


Opening sentence exercise: Concepts: Writing is a series of sentences with each new sentence relating to the previous. Each written sentence can be explored with a question or two to help you formulate the next one. As you progress, more and more questions will arise. The challenge: Write an active, declarative sentence about a character -- could be a real person but if so hide their identity. KEEP that sentence, hit the return button, ask yourself a question about that character or the sentence you just wrote and rewrite the original adding more information. Keep repeating until you arrive at a sentence you really like that could begin a story.

Continuation exercise: If you like the first sentence, do the same process with a second sentence. And so on. Surprise yourself. Example:
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Oct 22


Martin Luther King Jr. was driven by his beliefs: His religious faith, his belief in the worth of each individual person and his belief in the desperate need for Black people to be treated with equality and respect and given the opportunities they deserved. He also believed in non-violence; he believed that by protesting with strength, persistence and non-violence, his message could not be ignored. As you look at yourself, what internal belief(s) do you have that you think define(s) who you are, what you do and how you conduct yourself? How do you apply that belief in actions and how might you use it to shape your world in the future? #pastchallenge #mlk
Oct 22


Have you ever been in a car that was pulled over by police? What happened? Do you think your appearance--or that of the car or people you were with--affected how you were treated? In what way(s)? Be specific. Use details. If your piece involves other real people, please use pseudonyms. #pastchallenge #mlk
Oct 22


Take a photo of someone in their environment. Friend. Teacher. Family member. Stranger. Ask them "What's the kindest or most respectful thing someone ever did for you?" Submit a photo with a quote from them as a caption. #pastchallenge #mlk
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What's happening in America -- or the world -- right now that makes you furious? What about the situation doesn't sit right with you? Explain using words, images and/or sounds. Supplement: Is there anything you can do, big or small, to right the wrong? What will the world look like if you're successful? #pastchallenge #mlk
Oct 02

Missed Connection

Have you ever been reading through the the missed connections page in the newspaper and found one that seems like the first line of a story-- or the last? Have you ever read this Craigslist missed connection? Write a story featuring a missed connection, literal or printed. If you're looking for a prompt, check out the online iSpies at