Information on VT Writes Day


Vermont Writes Day is Friday, February 1!
Seven minutes! Seven prompts!

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 (or pick "general" if you want to write about something else.

You can participate on your own, or in class with fellow students and teachers; you can use pencil and paper (and send us the best), or you can use your account on and respond to the same prompts there or you can write on this website without having to log in or create an account! (This site will only be open for use on February 1.)

The challenges can be accessed through the links at the top menu and are listed below.

Click WRITE on the right-hand side to post your writing. On the form, give it a title and under 2019 Prompts make sure to select one of the prompts or general.

Also, if you wish to have your post considered for publication, give us your name, school and a contact -- phone, email or teacher name -- in the bottom of the form. NO ONE can see your name except YWP staff.

The prompts:

COURAGE: Describe a time, real or fictional, when you have to summon up your courage. Focus on the actual "moment of truth," when time slows down and you have to commit to breaking through. What happens and how do you feel afterward?

ELVES: Some people believe that forests are enchanted places, with elves living there. Write a story or poem about the forest elves. Or tell the tale of a person who doesn't believe this, but then something happens to make them less certain.

JEFFERSON: Thomas Jefferson said, "I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." Write about a situation in which you, or a character you create, put a lot of work into something, and then luck seems to follow.

MONEYBAG: Two strangers happen upon a bag of money while they're waiting for a train. Who are they? What do they do?

RULE: You have just been put in charge of the world, but you can only make one rule. What is it and what events or experiences led you to it?

SPAGHETTI: You've walked past this sign for years. One day, it seems to be calling you inside -- and the adventure begins. Tell the story.

4PHOTOS: Choose one of the photos in the slideshow and write a story or poem about it.

GENERAL: Write about anything that you feel like writing about.