Workshop Leaders and Mentors

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Doug DeMaio is YWP's Web Coordinator and curator of most online publication. He graduated from the University of Vermont where he studied English, Psychology, and Linguistics. Doug is a CRLA certified master writing tutor, and has worked with YWP as a mentor, intern, and full-timer. He loves writing poems, short stories, and songs. Doug also plays guitar, bass, ukulele, harmonica...

Doug leads the The Quick Write Room, and co-leads the Podcasting Workshop group -- helping you to record your work and reading for an audience. Finished podcast projects will have the opportunity to be featured on

Lizzy Fox is a place-oriented poet who lives in Georgia but hails from Vermont. She offers youth and adult writing courses, fully-embodied performances, and written works that evoke our spiritual longing for home. A Certified Life Coach, Lizzy enjoys working with young people at the intersection of writing and figuring-out-life.When she is not writing or teaching, she loves to hike, dance, and collage poorly.  Her work is published in the  Burlington Writers Workshop 2013 Anthology (for whom she also blogs), and her poetry will soon appear in the 2014 edition of the The Mountain Troubadour In April, 2013, she released her first spoken word album, Coming To, and she will begin a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in June, 2014. 

Lizzy is leading The Poetry Room.

Geoffrey Gevalt (gg) is founder and director of Young Writers Project. He has been a writer and storyteller all his life and worked for 33 years in journalism, mostly in newspapers, first as a reporter, then as an editor and then as a newsroom leader. He won several national awards as a writer and editor and was a juror for two years for the Pulitzer Prizes. He started YWP in 2003 while still at the Burlington Free Press where he was managing editor and then left the paper to create YWP as a non-profit and to work on it full-time. He writes as often as he can, which, sadly, is not as often as he'd like. Some of his stories can be found here: His vision is to turn this site into a bustling, out-of-control community for young writers all over the country. 

GG is leading the Storytelling group.


Sarah Gliech is the glue that holds YWP together; she handles administrative tasks and leads the Mentors. She is an eager listener and quiet poet. Having only just returned to Vermont after a four-year stint living in Québec, Sarah now delights in the physical comedy of TV prank shows, appropriately squeaky cheese curds, and the CBC's weekend radio programming. She hopes for a gentle transition back into life south of the border and envisions a Young Writers Project where writers are making a mess of conventionality and having a darn good time doing it. 
Sarah (Sizzurp) is leading the Feedback Fanatics group which focuses on getting you the feedback you want, fast!




Susan Reid is YWP’s publications coordinator, focusing on the new digital magazine, The Voice,, the weekly Newspaper Series, the annual YWP Anthology and writing events, such as Millennial Writers on Stage. Her background is in journalism, writing and editing, at newspapers including the Toronto Star and the Burlington Free Press. She loves to write, read, ski and take long, long walks. 

Susan (reid) is co-leading Feedback Fanatics group which focuses on getting you the feedback you want, fast!


Darcie Abbene, one of YWP's writing coaches, is a longtime teacher and writer. She has taught mainly high school English, including Creative Writing (is there any other kind?) 

Darcie leads the NaNoWriMo workshop group.