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This workshop is designed to help you find and explore story ideas BUT but but maybe not finish anything.

We know that's contrarian, but we want you to find an idea you're excited about. So, if in doing this workshop, you find that idea, well, that's going to be the story you end up finishing.

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Geoffrey Gevalt
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Info: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Which is a long time. I was a journalist for 33 years, started YWP in 2006 and now draw joy from watching all of you create and give each other support and comments. Thank you.

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This workshop is aimed at helping you create a 10-minute play that you like. As an added bonus, YWP will be selecting several plays for special presentation in the Vermont Young Playwrights Festival in May 2018. ANY young person from ANYWHERE can participate; and you can see how your play is presented even if you live in Sri Lanka: We will be live-streaming the event and, afterwards, your play's video will accompany the text of your final play.

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Geoffrey Gevalt
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Info: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Which is a long time. I was a journalist for 33 years, started YWP in 2006 and now draw joy from watching all of you create and give each other support and comments. Thank you.

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This workshop is aimed at getting you to tell a tale. And this workshop will show how a story can come from the seemingly commonplace and how it can come from some small thing that happens to you, or that you see, or that comes out of your brain (by accident.) We'll  emphasize prose, but if you feel like writing narrative poetry -- go for it.

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Geoffrey Gevalt
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Info: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Which is a long time. I was a journalist for 33 years, started YWP in 2006 and now draw joy from watching all of you create and give each other support and comments. Thank you.

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So Vermont youths (and guests), gather around, lend an ear.

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Geoffrey Gevalt
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Info: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Which is a long time. I was a journalist for 33 years, started YWP in 2006 and now draw joy from watching all of you create and give each other support and comments. Thank you.

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THIS IS A PREP FOR COMMUNITY STORY -- 102

OVERVIEW: Storytelling, or narrative, is at the root of all good writing. This project -- pre-work and workshop -- is aimed at helping all of you -- students AND teachers -- create an engaging story about your community. It can be a tiny moment or a big change, it can be about you or someone who's lived in the community a long time; it can be poetry or prose or rap.

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Geoffrey Gevalt
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Info: I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Which is a long time. I was a journalist for 33 years, started YWP in 2006 and now draw joy from watching all of you create and give each other support and comments. Thank you.

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This playlist follows Interviewing I and will help you focus on more topic-based projects and help you with interviewing sources, or talking to someone for a profile or finding out information that you can only get from talking to someone in person. This is the basics of journalism.

The playlist will help you decide upon a topic and choose some people you'd like to talk to -- in person or, even, by phone. We'll go through some of the things you need to keep in mind -- preparing, how to keep it conversational, how to draw out what you need -- and then some.

 

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Susan Reid
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Info: Taking off and landing are the best parts.

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As you move through middle school to high school, you will be asked to think about yourself as a person and a learner and what your goals are for the future. One part of this playlist will be to determine some of those goals if you haven’t done so already. 

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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!

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This Playlist will result in the completion of a poem called a Pantoum. It comes from Malaysia, and consists of four stanzas, with four sentences in each stanza. The fun thing about the pantoum is that it uses repetition, so if you want to reemphasize some very memorable detail in the piece, you can do so. But we will get to the form later. (I know you can't wait, but bear with me.)

Pantoum can be about anything (that is another great thing about it)--but we are going to begin with--well, let's call it the foundation.

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Reuben Jackson
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Info: Reuben Jackson is a word nerd, jazz nerd, and erstwhile poet. I host a jazz show on Vermont Public Radio, and have been an online mentor with YWP since 1857.

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Are you having trouble getting started with a story? Jump into this playlist, and start building your ideas. We'll help you explore new characters and build up a setting and conflict, until you have the makings of a story!
 

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Doug DeMaio
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In this Playlist, we'll explore what it means to have a voice in your writing. There are many ways that your own writing voice plays into your story. Often, authors have very distinct voices in their work--you can always tell it's their writing, even when the narrator and characters are different. Some authors take on completely new voices from one story to the next. Let's explore the different ways to use your voice.
 

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Doug DeMaio
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Once you've made it through the preliminary rounds of the job search (sending in a cover letter, crafting the perfect resume) one thing that you can hope for, is to be invited in for a face to face interview. Interviews can be pretty intimidating, especially if you haven't done one before. Let's use this Playlist to figure out how to prepare, and to get comfortable with the idea of being in a job interview.
 

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Doug DeMaio
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When applying for jobs or internships many postings will request or require a cover letter to be included with your resume. And even it's not requested, it's a good idea to include one--granted you know how to create one. This Playlist will help you figure out what a cover letter is, what you need to include in one, and how to write and format one. Between this and the Resume Playlist, you'll be well on your way to securing that job or internship that you have your eye on.
 

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Doug DeMaio
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A resume is generally one of the first things you need to go out looking for a job or internship. A good resume will tell your potential employer a bit about yourself, your experience, and your goals--in a well-organized, easy-to-read format. This Playlist will help you figure out what to include in your resume, and how to organize and arrange your resume to make it effective.
 

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Doug DeMaio
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Welcome to Digital Drawing Level II. In this Playlist, you will be going more in-depth with the skills learned in Digital Drawing Level I. The xp's in this playlist will be shorter, because at this point, you will need to play around with your program and get used to drawing on the computer, with limited guidance.
 

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