Julia Seaman, a sophomore at Hanover High School, says, "Writing, especially poetry, allows me to express my feelings and
thoughts in a way I can’t when I’m just talking. My truest voice comes
out when I write."
Matt Hollar, of Montpelier, a junior at Champlain College, says his
main incentive for writing is for “the satisfaction of performance.
“The actual process of writing is very hard for me, but sharing my work
with an audience is effortless – and a ton of fun!”
Rice Memorial High School graduate Evan Wing’s fictional journal was
among the three prize-winning entries for a writing challenge about the
Future of Vermont co-sponsored by Young Writers Project and the
Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission’s ECOS Project. The
prompt was to write about Vermont, specifically Chittenden County, in
the year 2035.
Elijah Cory, a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School and a summer
intern at Young Writers Project, says he wrote this pantoum (a form of
poetry with repeating lines) while thinking about “the fleeting and
conflicting natures of youth and beauty.”
Rebecca Valley is a longtime Young Writers Project writer.
“This piece,” she says, “was written to the soundtrack of a pack of
coyotes howling in the woods behind my uncle’s home in the middle of the