YWP: I write everything – VTDigger

Young Writers Project, an independent nonprofit organization based in Burlington, encourages young people to write and use digital media to express themselves with clarity and power, and to build confidence and skills for school, the work and life.

Check out the latest issue of The Voice, the Young Writers Project’s monthly digital magazine. Click here.

Each week, VTDigger features a writing submission — an essay, poem, fiction, or non-fiction — along with a photo or illustration from the Young Writers Project.

YWP publishes approximately 1,000 student works each year here, in Vermont newspapers, on Vermont Public Radio, and in YWP’s monthly digital magazine, The Voice. Since 2006, it has provided a place for young people to write, share their photos, art, audio and video, and to explore and connect online at youngwritersproject.org. For more information, please contact Susan Reid at sreid[email protected].

“Boots”, by Lauren McCabe, 16, of South Burlington.

In a modern consumer culture where every minor purchase, every insignificant choice made, seems to define our personality, “you are what you own” is more appropriate than “you are what you eat”. This week’s featured writer, prose poet Charlotte Dodds of Burlington, doodles a meandering but hilarious stream of consciousness evoked by the rather distinct pink paper on which she writes.

By Charlotte Dodds, 17, of Burlington

…on a pink notepad, because this time I read the story of a middle-aged white woman with black hair
who lived in Manhattan and produced movies and took all his notes on pink notepads, and the
the photographs of her apartment looked so stylish, and whoever wrote this profile of her did it all
its so glamorous

that i went out and bought a pack of pink legal notepads for myself

look like her – this rich woman with stringy black hair –

and now I write everything on these pink notepads, even if it’s the kind of thing that belongs to the woman who is a film producer or someone who reminds Elle of “Legally Blonde”, but not to me (I’m not like Her; I don’t have the slightest desire to become a lawyer and spend half my days in a cold, stone courtroom where justice will never be guaranteed, and how could I ever choose my career over an act of severe hatred towards an ex-boyfriend?), plus it’s that having those pink notepads on my desk is embarrassing because I wouldn’t usually buy notebooks like that , which is a bit of a disappointment, but that means they’re out of place and don’t fit with my other stuff, except I’m not going to buy any other type of notebook as I’m too scared of the overconsumption to buy it for me and ––

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