This is a community of respect where youths take creative risk.
Open to all youths from anywhere.

To ensure that this site is populated only by youth and approved adults (mentors, teachers, artists) we personally check every application. 
That means a slight delay (no more than a day) before you are approved to login and post. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

NOTE to prior community members: This is a new site, so you have to create a new account even if you were on the old site.
The old site can be found at archive.youngwritersproject.org to see or retrieve your old work.

Daily Challenge



You are moving. You've finally conquered the heartache. You are almost excited. You are all jammed in the car, been driving for hours, and are getting closer, getting closer to your new home. You come around the corner to see your new house! OMG! Are you kidding me? Write the story.

Get Published

When you submit your work to Young Writers Project, it gets noticed.
After fellow writers, mentors, artists and staff have read, reacted to and recommended your work for publication, it ends up all over—in YWP’s digital magazine, in newspapers, on stage, radio and TV and on partners’ websites.
That’s an audience of hundreds of thousands of people!

Read more about how to get published.

Mentoring

Youths give and receive feedback. So do mentors -- YWP staff, artists, college students and YWP Alums. Our aim is to help you focus your ideas, strengthen your work and gain digital skills you'll need to express yourself and change the world.

Storm (Inspired by Sheets)

***NOT MY PICTURES***
This is a poem I wrote called "Storm" I read "Sheets" by Erin and I loved the way she used the tool New Hive. I decided to try it for myself.

Daily Read

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                             Day One

      Rain falls in a clear, steady downpour that coats the world in grey. Water runs down the sidewalks and across the street as the bus splashes noisily through it. It's windows frame the faces of the passengers; they stare with little interest at the city outside. People scurry by, the less fortunate who have only their umbrellas to shelter them from the weather. The clock at the front of the bus reads 3:37 pm. I sigh, leaning my head against the window and feeling the cold of the glass as it presses against my cheek. 

     Seattle is used to this kind of weather. We see it often; the water turning our city into so many shades of grey and blue. We go about our business; progress doesn't stop for rain. We wake up, go out. We are fed facts each day, statistics and dates and names and then are forced to spit it back out again, prove that we know it. Society welcomes those who do this well, the news reporters feeding us stories of death in faraway places as we eat our breakfast cereal, and watch with eyes wide open. The models who put on the high heeled shoes and show us just how bad we look. Society pushes away those who don't have the vision to see the news; who can't fit into those shoes. It's a fact of life I know well. 

        Pulling my journal from my bag, I open it and write in bold, purposeful letters: January 15th, 2012. I watch the way the raindrops slide down the window, each one like a single tear. My pencil floats across the page, capturing the poetry of the rain. 

    The bus splashes past apartment buildings that rise high against the clouds. It comes to a rest and I make my way off; standing behind an old man in a yellow raincoat. It has tiny ducks printed along the bottom, and I want to tell him I like it. But he walks off quickly, head bent, hands in pockets. He whistles as he goes, and I smile quietly to myself, beginning the walk home. 




     Billboards surround me; and cars rush by.  Everyone is everywhere, rushing to and fro like clockwork figures. I open my arms wide, and stand still. I tilt my head back; closing my eyes as the raindrops patter out a rhythm on my face. My smile is wide, mirroring my arms. I have found a solitary kind of peace here, in the heart of the city. 

Courses

In late September, YWP will begin offering courses -- focused, progressive exercises aimed at helping you gain deep knowledge on a particular technique or genre. Our first will be on Writing the College Essay. We will be having others on Creating a Podcast, Digital Storytelling, Performance Poetry. Eventually we will be developing courses that you can take for school credit or to take advantage of YWP's artist bank. Stay tuned for more information.

Spread the word!

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The new site seems to be getting off to a great start. Please let your circles know about it! Get your friends to join!

We're so excited to see those of you who've joined the community -- and a particular welcome to those youths who've joined from around the country -- who have already started taking creative risks. We're blown away by all that we see -- posts, ideaboards, reactions, revisions, six-word stories -- already.

For those of you expecting to see the old site, this one requires a NEW account. (Your old username and password work on archive.youngwritersproject.org where your old content is safe and sound.)

Over the next few weeks, we'll be rolling out more features -- labs, projects, courses -- but we hope you'll dive in on the CHALLENGES -- a NEW one every day. And check out slideshows and recent reactions for some different ways to navigate the site (both under READ).

This is a digital writing space so we encourage you to incorporate photos and sound, to create slideshows and digital stories or, even, to let the digital media lead the story.

Please let us know what you think: What do you like? What confuses you? What do you wish we (you) could do on this site? How can we get more youths into this community? Send an email or message me (gg).

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Take a lab

COMING SOON: LABS! These short, live exercises -- with examples and resources and led by a YWP selected artist -- will help you develop your ideas and build specific skills in writing, digital media and finding audience. New labs will be rolling out on a regular basis and will be highlighted in the YWP Events calendar.

Can't make the live lab? Don't worry.These will be set up so that you can take advantage of them anytime.