Welcome to Vermont (or wherever) Writes Day 2018

Submitted by ggevalt on Wed, 02/07/2018 - 13:19

Vermont Writes Day is Thursday, February 15!
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. 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 https://youngwritersproject.org 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 Feb. 15)


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!

  • PDF version for download (Bottom of this page)

How to participate on February 15

We encourage schools to stop everything and get as many people -- students, teachers, administrators, staff, visitors -- to write as possible. Use pencils and paper. Use a digital device. And SHARE the work in class, in the halls, in the cafeterias or, of course, on this site or through a submission to YWP for potential publication here or on youngwritersproject.org. (We encourage those with accounts on youngwritersproject.org to share on that site. And if you want, sign up for a new account there if you want to continue your writing in that civil, respectful community in the days ahead!)


  1. TO POST ON THIS SITE: No login is necessary. Simply click "WRITE" at the top left of the header, give your piece a title, choose one of the Writes Day 2018 Tags, write or paste your piece in the "body" and scroll down to ...
  2. WANT THIS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION? At the bottom of the Create 2018 Post form you'll see we are asking for Author's name, school, grade and email. This is optional. Fill out only if you want YWP to consider the piece for publication later in a special issue of The Voice or with some of our media partners. NONE of the information can be seen once you save your piece.
  3. MAKE SURE TO SAVE, but ... NOTE: Once you save your piece you will not be able to edit it. Sorry about that. So look it over before clicking SAVE.
  4. READ SOMEONE ELSE'S PIECE: Click on the links above to read others' work. Leave comments, too, though be patient: The comments are being moderated to comb out all those lovely bot links.
  5. Teachers, you may post on behalf of your students here or on youngwritersproject.org. No advance registration is required here, but you should create an account in advance on youngwritersproject.org.

Those participating in Vermont Writes Day should go to our Guest Book to let us know -- via a comment -- that your school participated. PLEASE skim through the comments to make sure someone hasn't already acknowledged your school's participation. AND, tell us a story about your and/or your school's participation.

IN YOUR SCHOOL: Find a way to share your work beyond VermontWritesDay.org! Join YoungWritersProject.org for more chances at publication!

QUESTIONS | Contact ggevalt@youngwritersproject.org or sreid@youngwritersproject.org with questions or photos/videos/audio you took of the day. 
APPRECIATE | Find a way to appreciate the efforts of your writers and the importance of writing. It is a key skill for learning, expressing oneself and for fully participating in community life.

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