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Feb 11

YWP Winter Conference 3.11.17 -- Sign up NOW!

Sign up for Young Writers Project's Winter Writing Conference! This is a fun, full day of madcap writing in the morning and intensive workshops in the afternoon. If you are in Grades 7-12, don't miss this day!
Workshops will be led by two incredible teams: Poetry: Poet and VPR Jazz Host Reuben Jackson and Dramatic Artist, Director and Teacher Robin Fawcett; OR Prose: YWP Founder and writer Geoff Gevalt and Storyteller Mary Simons.
Choose one afternoon workshop when you sign up!
It's bring-your-own-lunch with amazing snacks provided (yes, your favorite chocolate granola clusters will be in attendance).
Advance sign up is required to secure your spot. $20/person. Scholarships available: Email sreid@youngwritersproject.org in advance.


Date: Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 10.00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Place: Vermont College of Fine Arts - College Hall (36 College Street, Montpelier, VT 05601)
Price/person: $20 in advance. $25 at the door. Scholarships available (email Susan, sreid@youngwritersproject.org).

Payment Methods: 
  • Secure credit card payment via PayPal (click button above). Please print your payment confirmation! You'll be asked to show it at the door.
  • Secure credit card payment via JustGive.orgPlease print your payment confirmation! You'll be asked to show it at the door.
  • Check (mail to YWP, 47 Maple Street #106, Burlington, VT 05401)
  • Scholarship (email sreid@youngwritersproject.org). Please print your email from Susan confirming the scholarship! You'll be asked to show it at the door.
Day's Schedule:
10 am Registration and welcome
10:30 am - Noon Madcap Writing
Noon-1 Lunch: Bring your own!
1-3: Poetry OR Prose Workshops

(Workshops are first-come, first-served. For the benefit of all, workshops will be divided evenly so sign up early to get the one you really want! Both are going to be awesome!)

Sound and Words.
With Reuben Jackson and Robin Fawcett. In group and solo activities, indulge yourself in the music of language; explore the "how" of words, not just the what. Witness the transformation in your writing when you play with the sound of the words you use. You'll leave this workshop with your own music in a poetry or prose piece and a new appreciation for the beauty of sound in the most common things around you.

About Your Workshop Leaders:

Reuben Jackson: Reuben is a poet, jazz expert and mentor/workshop leader with Young Writers Project. You can hear Reuben every week on Vermont Public Radio as the host of Friday Night Jazz. For more than 20 years, Reuben was curator of the Duke Ellington Collection at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., his hometown. His music reviews have been published in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, All About Jazz, Jazz Times, Jazziz, and on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. He is the author of a book of poetry, "Fingering the Keys" (Gut Punch Press, 1991).

Robin Fawcett: Robin is an artist and teacher devoted to fueling the urge for artful expression in others. She is a master at making the most reluctant among us become joyful participants and performers! For over 30 years, she has worked as a director, choreographer, creator of new works, and teacher. Robin provides workshops to all ages throughout the region and teaches theatre arts full time at CVU High School in Hinesburg.


Finding the story within you. Each of us has stories -- lots of them -- but sometimes we just don't know how to find them, explore them, bring them out and make them wonderful. This workshop will help you find a few things that have happened in your own life and then show you how to take them much further -- into the world of fiction. You'll learn some of the basics of storytelling and will learn how to keep your stories believable and compelling. And, you'll leave with a very cool story to share. 

About Your Workshop Leaders:

Geoffrey Gevalt 
founded YWP as a non-profit in 2006, but created the concept back in 2003 when he was managing editor of The Burlington Free Press. Gevalt spent 33 years in journalism as a writer, editor and newsroom leader. His work has won numerous awards over the years and he was, for two years, a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes. Gevalt believes writing is -- and should be -- fun. And storytelling is -- and should be -- part of all writing. Gevalt also loves to tell stories.

Mary Simons is founder and director of Conversations From the Open Road, a not-for-profit organization that takes high school students to places in the United States to explore storytelling. This spring, for instance, she is leading a group from Champlain Valley Regional High School to Mississippi to meet and interview people who perform or listen to or study Delta Blues music. Participants will create digital stories about what they discover. Mary taught in both independent and public, middle and high school in Connecticut and Vermont. She started CFOR in 2011 to knit together her passions:  traveling, listening and learning from and with young adults, working creatively and collaboratively, and cultivating experiences in which to challenge and expand ourselves.

Sat, 03/11/2017 - 9:30am