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].
AND, drumroll please A special, in-depth short-story Workshop that'll last as long or as short as you want.
This Summer of Stories Extravaganza kicks off June 25! Don't miss it. Write til you drop! Chocolate to best commenters, most prolific writers, zaniest pieces, and other categories we'll think up as we go along. (Suggestions, recommendations ALWAYS welcome.) Other prizes, too.
Does the SHORT STORY WORKSHOP led byYWP Mentor Eliza Mager appeal? (A six-part online course in short story writing that will lead a piece of writing that will amaze your friends, impress your elders and most certainly set you on the road to stardom!) Well get this: Spaces for Eliza's course are limited! Don't Dawdle. (And don't worry; no grades -- though you could possibly do enough to get credit in high school -- and while challenging, fun, too!)More info and signup here!
And remember, whether you choose the workshop, respond to challenges or follow your own muse, use a hashtag on everything you create: #SOS18
SR,SR (SO confusing, first one is YWP Director SUSAN REID; second one is Intern Extraordinaire SHANNON RIPP) and AF (Anna Forsythe our Jill of All Trades.)
Thanks all for coming to YWP's last SoundCheck of the year -- and sharing your words and positive energy!
Coming next ...
Friday MAY 11: Voices for Change, a special performance event at Burlington City Hall Forum, workshop with world-renowned slam poet Amir Sulaiman Open Mic, Free Food And an hour-long performance by Sulaiman MARK YOUR CALENDARS ALL ARE WELCOME!
Ongoing: What Can You Do?Write, of course. A challenge set up for the rising activism by high school students against the gun violence happening in schools. What's your take? March 14:Enough: National School Walkout: Across the U.S., a walkout for 17 minutes at 10 a.m. to honor the 17 lives lost in the Parkland, Fla., school shooting and to demand action on gun violence. March 24: March For Our Lives will march in Washington DC -- and in communities across the US -- to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools. Are you marching? April 20: Change.orgis organizing a national high school student walkout against gun violence on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting.
Vermont youth are invited to Montpelier TODAY -- Jan. 20 -- to march for human rights, dignity, and equality for all. This is one of several marches for youth around the country, one year after President Trump's inauguration.
When? SATURDAY, JAN. 20, 1 p.m. Where? Montpelier High School Who? All young Vermonters (speakers range from 8 to 22!)
Kiran Waqar, one of the organizers says: "There is a speak-out directly after the speaker line-up so if young artists are interested in sharing their related work, this may be a really cool opportunity to do so."
Honorable mention goes to: nean_bean, jbird18, H20.hollym, Nightheart, Flowerdragon and Love to write.
Thank you all for taking that extra, generous step to connect with other writers, to offer support and encouragement, to notice and listen! Please keep the positive energy flowing, and leave a thoughtful comment today! Bring love to those who haven't received any comments yet. (You can find them by hovering your mouse over READ > RECENT and click RECENT-TABLE.)
Vermont High School Students: Senator Bernie Sanders invites you to write a 250-500 word essay focusing on what you believe are the major challenges facing the nation and how to solve them. Submit your essay at www.sanders.senate.gov/stateoftheunion. The deadline is Jan. 10, 2018.
A panel of Vermont teachers will judge the essays. The 20 finalists, including the selected winner, will be invited to a roundtable discussion with Sen. Sanders and have their essays entered into the Congressional Record. (See attached pdf for more)
You spoke ... we listened! A couple of you suggested a YWP Book Club to recommend, discover and talk about books (and movies and, whatever).
IT'S HERE! Join the new YWP Book Club by clicking this link or by going to the ACADEMY menu item. And when you get there, just click JOIN in left column. Have Fun! You will see new, updated information about our plans to read a book together EVERY month. We will begin reading our book on July 24th!
Thanks to the 25+ youths and adults who met Thursday May 18 to think and talk about the beginnings of the Youth Voices of Change Project (better name to be decided! :) ) a concentration of effort to help Muslim youths and youths of color to gain the skills, confidence and audience to be heard.
This youth-led project is just getting underway and YWP was so appreciative of the energy and ideas expressed in a forming meeting in Burlington.
How would you like to become a Community Leader on this site? Have you ever wanted to choose what goes out on the front page? Or help improve some of the site's features? Or bring some of the other community members some shine?
This community of more than 3,200+ digital writers depends on each other to provide support. Imagine if each of you exchanged feedback with another. Wouldn't that be a kick? Well we have a special incentive as February ends and March begins:
Congrats to MaisieN and Della -- their plays were selected to be given dramatic presentation at this year's Vermont Young Playwrights Festival. Dramatic456 receives honorable mention! Way to go. And thanks to all the others who participated!
Young Writers, you outdid yourselves! On Feb. 10 -- Vermont Writes Day 2017 -- a total of 1,500 youths posted here and on vermontwritesday.org. Wow. We've heard that at least 49 schools participated in full (go here and if you don't see your school, comment or send an email) and we had some posts from New Hampshire and beyond!
The posts were funny, weird, powerful, interesting, entertaining. We will be publishing a new issue of The Voice on Feb. 21 with some of the best posts of the day!