Congratulations to the winners of the Winter Tales Challenge! Selected works were presented in early December by the Vermont Stage Company actors and by all accounts the shows were outstanding! Selected were: Eliza Goodell, Sophie Usherwood, Chloe Gagnon, Julia Remillard, Shannon MacDonald, Sophia Nistico, Saia Patel, Landon Smith, Finn Verdonk, Sophie Dauerman, Remy Schulz, Abby Simmons, Anna Phelps, Devon DeMarse!
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].
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!
For 10 years, Young Writers Project has operated this site with relative consistency; we've only had a few minor (almost always planned) outages. On Dec. 5, the company that houses YWP -- Blackmesh -- put us and 258 other clients on a new installation. Cool. Everything was going swimingly until early on Dec. 23, when Blackmesh reported a "catastrophic failure." Oops.
For much of the day, the Blackmesh support crew -- and more were called in on their days off -- struggled to find out what happened. Finally, they decided they needed to go to plan "B" which was to return us (and 258 other clients) back to our old servers. This took time. Finally, at 1 p.m. Dec. 24, all was back to normal. Cool.
We're sorry if any of you lost any work. We hope you will repost. Believe us when we say that this will not happen again. Have faith.
It's been beautiful to work with these women, watch them grow and see their message gather momentum around the nation. That's what YWP is all about: helping youths find ideas, develop voice and share their works to audiences everywhere. Just think: YOU could be next!
Keep writing, sharing and exploring new ideas -- you never know what's just around the corner...
Amazing work by all; you've all done your part to stengthen this community, and we hope you've made some lasting connections along the way! Thank you to everyone who participated. Keep the energy going, and leave a thoughtful comment today!