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.


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)How to participate on February 15

On the day, you can write with pencils and paper, or use your device. Either way, we want to know what you wrote!
Young Writers Project Account Holders
Login and post your pieces on youngwritersproject.org. All of the prompts will be posted as Challenges on the front page of the site, and are also linked at the bottom of this post. Pick the Challenge that sparks your imagination, click the WRITE button beneath it and fill out the information. Before saving, put the hashtag #vtwrites18 in the body of your post. If you took Vermont Writes Day photos, you can upload those to our site, too! Click WRITE > Create a Blog Post in the menu bar. Then click Add Media and choose Advanced Upload in the images section. Before saving, put the #vtwrites18 hashtag in the body of your post.

Everyone Else
Visit vermontwritesday.org. It will be open for one day only on February 15 and no login will be needed in order to post. Each prompt will clearly be highlighted in the top menu bar. Click the name of the prompt that interests you to read it and see what others have written in response. When you are ready to post, click WRITE in the top menu bar and fill out the form.

You may post on behalf of your students on both sites. No advance registration required.

On February 15, those submitting student work via vermontwritesday.org should sign our Guest Book. The Guest Book will give us an idea of which schools and teachers participated in Vermont Writes Day via the special site. If you took photos during your Vermont Writes Day festivities, you can share them with Young Writers Project when you fill out the Guest Book. A link to the Guest Book will be in the front page post on vermontwritesday.org and also in the right sidebar under the INFORMATION headline.

Those submitting via their youngwritersproject.org accounts need not notify YWP of participation; your account information tells us who you are and where you teach. If you wish to upload photos or a write-up about how your school/class celebrated, go to WRITE > Create a Blog Post and type away! Remember to put the #vtwrites18 hashtag somewhere in the body of your post before saving.

(Hashtag it #vtwrites18 to let us know it was written for Vermont Writes Day!)
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Thursday, February 15, 2018