A fantastic thing occurred on this site during the summer of 2014: Hundreds of young writers were on this site every day writing, commenting, responding (occasionally) to the daily narrative prompts we presented for you. And what you produced has been downright impressive. (Check out the writing here: S2014)
We provided a bit of incentive -- mentors, along with community members, provided feedback; some of the best work was selected for publication in The Voice, YWP's digital magazine; and we had three sponsors -- Cabot Cheese, Trader Joe's and Nutty Steph's -- who provided our edible prizes and YWP gave out some really nice wrting journals.
Read more for the concept and directions for the special YWP Challenge.
OBJECT: To do a whole lot of narrative writing over the summer. YWP will offer ideas -- daily prompts to help you along and you can take your own path at any time. Our hope is that by the end of the summer you will have several stories -- and lots of small pieces of writing -- you want to polish and publish.
not so HIDDEN AGENDA: To help you find out how much fun narrative writing can be.
DETAILS: Write for 10 minutes a day (more if you'd like, of course). Miss a couple of days? DON'T WORRY. (Or do some make up writing.) All you have to do is post something and use the S2014 tag.
YWP has worked hard to offer a slew of prompts -- a new one each day -- that center on the process or elements of narrative writing (setting, characters, conflict, etc. ) and fall into these different types of prompts: The World Around You (what you notice), Photo Prompts, Sound Prompts, Word Prompts and In The Style Of ... (imitating a writers style).d
YWP will provide feedback (and encourage community members to do the same) and hold live sessions in the The Storytelling Room.
dang it all RULES: None really except be respectful, as always.
ok here they are CRITERIA FOR PRIZES: Who determines who gets prizes? A small group of YWP staff, interns AND young writers.
ELEMENTS and schedule:
Week 1 - June 16: Setting, playing with the where and when
Week 2 - June 23: Character, protaganist -- the good gal/guy
Week 3 - June 30: Wants/Needs, what drives the story
Week 4 - July 7: Character, antagonist -- the (or part of the) obstacle
Week 5 - July 14: Design: research, structure, presentation (media) & audience
Week 6 - July 21: Point of view, vantage point
Week 7 - July 28: Multimedia, playing with sound & images
Week 8 - August 4: Dialogue, credible conversations
Week 9 - August 11: The Turn, the confrontation, climax; and Resolution, the changes
Week 10 - August 19: Revision, choose the best idea from the summer and go deep with it.
Week 11 - August 26: Finish! Final edits. Finish media. Submit. Awards given. Gala, black-tie, red-carpet event at Thunder Road (just joking).
DAILY PROMPT TYPES: