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.
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.
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!)
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
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
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!
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.)
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!