Nov 10

Winter Tales 2018

Congratulations to this year's YWP writers whose poems and stories will be presented at WINTER TALES by Vermont Stage, Dec. 12-16, at Main Street Landing Black Box Theatre, 60 Lake Street, 3rd Floor, Burlington, VT. Read on for the winners. Click here for tickets.
Sep 25

Anthology 9 Celebration!

Front cover art by Neelie Markley
Join YWP as we honor the young writers and artists who are published in Anthology 9!

All are welcome!

Sunday, Oct. 14, 5-7 pm
Maglianero Cafe
47 Maple Street, Burlington, VT
Feb 15

Vermont Writes Day is TODAY!


Seven minutes! Seven prompts! Give it a try!
Is your school participating? Get your teachers to give your class time to write for fun.


This is Young Writers Project's annual day of honoring writing -- a day when people of all ages in Vermont (and our friends in New Hampshire and around the country) take just seven minutes to write to seven fun prompts. You can participate on your own, or in class with fellow students and teachers; you can use pencil and paper, or write on one of our websites -- here (if you have an account; if you don't, be patient it may take a while for us to approve your account) or vermontwritesday.org which (no account needed) will open Thursday morning.

THE PROMPTS​

Prez: Write a letter to the president. Tell him one thing you want him to do -- and why.

I am: Start or end a piece of writing with the phrase, "I am the one who ... ", to describe who you are, what you love, what you dream of, etc. 

Social media: Imagine if all social media -- Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, etc. -- shut down. Would that be a good thing or a bad thing? How would it affect your life?

Kindness: What's the nicest thing a stranger has done for you? 

Write awful: Use cliches, mixed metaphors, tense changes, whatever you're not supposed to do when you write an essay.

Invisible: Write about a time when you felt completely invisible, literally or figuratively.

Turn around: You answer your phone and a voice whispers, "Turn around..." What happens?

And -- as always -- General writing is welcome. Write about anything you like!

(Hashtag it #vtwrites18 to let us know it was written for Vermont Writes Day!)

PDF version for download (Bottom of this page)

MGMC at Maglianero's Tonight!

MUSLIM GIRLS MAKING CHANGE

LAST SHOW BEFORE THE AWARD-WINNING SLAM POETRY TEAM GOES OFF TO COLLEGE


AUG.13 6:30-8:30 PM
 MAGLIANERO'S (47 MAPLE STREET – BURLINGTON)


FUNDRAISER FOR PEACE & JUSTICE CENTER
 
Join Hawa Adam, Lena Ginawi, Kiran Waqar and Balkisa Omar for their final performance as MGMC before they leave for college. Suggested donation: $5 to support the Peace & Justice Center


 
Jul 29

Saturday, Sept. 8 at Clemmons Farm

Clemmons Family Farm & Young Writers Project present "To Sing of Common Things: The Voices of Young People in 2018"
Next event in the series: Sept. 8, 3-4:30 pm
Featured artists: Rivan Calderin & Asha Ganguly-Hickok
Location: Clemmons Family Farm, 2122 Greenbush Road, Charlotte, VT
Our partner, RETN (Regional Educational Television Network), filmed the first two events in the series featuring Muslim Girls Making Change. See them here: Hawa Adam & Balkisa Abdikadir; and Lena Ginawi & Kiran Waqar.
May 11

Voices for Change! This Friday

Don't miss this FREE youth conference and slam poetry celebration of identity and voice with special guest artist Amir Sulaiman, renowned Muslim slam poet. Voices for Change is presented by Young Writers Project, Muslim Girls Making Change (MGMC) & our generous sponsors!
Friday, May 11, 4-9 pm
Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, Burlington, VT
Free and open to all (some material might not be suitable for children under 13).
"Amir Sulaiman is going to own the stage during his performance and will leave the crowd in complete awe, just how he left me in awe when I first saw him."
- Lena Ginawi, Muslim Girls Making Change

Apr 12

SoundCheck rocked!

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!

Mar 16

SoundCheck on Friday, March 16 -- You Spoke Out

Photos by aesythe, YWP Publications Coordinator.

Thanks to all who presented and all those who came out to cheer on the folks who presented Friday night at Burlington City Arts. Great crowd. Powerful presentations. 

(
pI (gg) was so entranced by the presentations of Alex and Firegirl, he totally did not notice that the camera had lost power, thus zapping the stream and recording. He's mortified really.)

Mark your Calendars:

April 12, 2018 -- 6 p.m. workshop and pizza, 7 p.m. Open Mic at Burlington City Arts.
Jan 19

March for our Future


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."
 
Find out more about the Montpelier march!


(Photo credit: March for our Future)
Jan 05

We have winners!


Thank you to everyone who participated in the second annual 12 Days of Commenting. From Dec. 24-Jan. 4, your comments made the holidays happy and bright! 

OUR WINNERS ARE:
First place: Hazel.C.!!
Runner up: Anna P.!!


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.)
 
Nov 18

Fall Celebration of Writing 2017!

Congratulations to all who participated in the Fall Writing Conference in Montpelier, Vermont on Saturday, November 11! It was amazing to hear all your voices through all kinds of writing, there was so much talent to be heard!  
 
Oct 27

Poetry Experience

Join us 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month @ Fletcher Free Library from 1-3pm upstairs in the Pickering Room. All Ages!
 
Oct 27

Poetry Experience

Join us 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month @ Fletcher Free Library from 1-3pm upstairs in the Pickering Room. All Ages!
 
Oct 27

Poetry Experience

Join us 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month @ Fletcher Free Library from 1-3pm upstairs in the Pickering Room. All Ages!
 
Oct 27

Poetry Experience

Join us 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month @ Fletcher Free Library from 1-3pm upstairs in the Pickering Room. All Ages!
 
Oct 27

Poetry Experience

Join us 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month @ Fletcher Free Library from 1-3pm upstairs in the Pickering Room. All Ages!
 
Oct 27

Poetry Experience

Join us 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month @ Fletcher Free Library from 1-3pm upstairs in the Pickering Room. All Ages!
 
Oct 27

Poetry Experience

Join us 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month @ Fletcher Free Library from 1-3pm upstairs in the Pickering Room. All Ages!
 
Oct 27

Poetry Experience

Join us 1st and 3rd Saturdays every month @ Fletcher Free Library from 1-3pm upstairs in the Pickering Room. All Ages!