April 26, 2017

Young Writers Project: spooky stories

Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve and connects them with authentic audiences through the Newspaper Series (and youngwritersproject.org) and the Schools Project (ywpschools.net).

This week, we publish excerpts from spooky stories submitted by students. Read the full stories online at youngwritersproject.org.


The Haunted School 

Katherine Veronneau 

Grade 5, Williston Central School

Jona walked into her new classroom and saw her best friend Anna. Jona was so excited because they were starting a new school year and she had been afraid that she would not be with any of her friends. Now that she knew her best friend was in her class she only had one worry. Her worry was that she had heard some rumors that the school was haunted…

Read the complete story at youngwritersproject.org/node/85333


The Ghost in the Platform 

By Olivia Cabral 

Grade 5, Williston Central School

About 18 years ago, on a nice summer day, there were two little girls (the older one was named Anna and the younger named Izzie) at Williston Central School.

They loved to hang out together. This day began like any other day but then, something terrible happened! Anna and Izzie were on a bench talking like they did every day when all of a sudden, a boy came dashing out of the doors screaming like a little school girl, saying, “GHOST ON THE TOP FLOOR!”

Anna came up to the boy and said in a very loud voice, “I will investigate for you!”

Izzie said, “I don’t know, should we?” Then Anna said very calmly, “Yes, we should.” Without another word the two girls set off inside the dark school. They found the staircase and they heard a noise, like the sound of a bookcase falling…

Read the complete story at youngwritersproject.org/node/85335


You Call That a Spooky Story?

Ashley Davidson

Grade 6, Williston Central School

One day I was at my family’s log cabin with my little brother Ryan. We were sitting by the fire in the backyard. I said to Ryan, “Let’s tell spooky stories. I will go first. One day a girl was on her way to the mall.”

“Hold up!” Ryan said. “This is not going to be one of the ‘scary stories’ where some online website tells you the shoes are on sale and when you get there, they are not?”

“No,” I said. “This story is even scarier than that. Now let me continue…”

Read the complete story at youngwritersproject.org/node/85337


Scary conversation

By Riley Brown

Grade 5, Williston Central School

The dark basement…. Dun-dun-duuuun

Cough, cough! Oh, it’s dusty down here.

That’s probably because nobody’s been in this basement for 50 years.

Can you turn on the lights? No! Why, they don’t work.

Knock knock …

Hey, was that you? Yeah.

Stop touching my back. I’m not touching your back.

Let’s split up and see if we can find who’s been touching your back.
Ssshhhhhlllttt ssshhhlllttt … What’s that noise? …

Read the complete piece at youngwritersproject.org/node/85344


Anthology 5 celebration

Every year, YWP publishes an anthology of the year’s best student writing and photos.

On Nov. 9, it will toast the publication of Anthology 5 with a day of celebration and free writing workshops at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier. Special keynote speaker is author M.T. Anderson, winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Register at youngwritersproject.org/celebration2013.

YWP is supported by this newspaper and foundations, businesses and individuals who recognize the power and value of writing. If you would like to donate to YWP, please go to youngwritersproject.org/support.


  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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