Before the founding in 1982 of the Young Writers Workshop at the University of Virginia, residential programs for young creative writers didn’t exist.

Featured Artist

  • Tim Harrod

    Alumnus, 1984-1986; comedy writer for The Onion

    Tim Harrod attended the Workshop in Journalism (‘84), Scriptwriting (‘85) and Playwriting (‘86). He has written for Late Night With Conan O’Brien, where the team he worked on was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Series. He currently writes for The Onion and humor magazine The American Bystander

From the Blog

Introducing Sarah LaBrie, Fiction Faculty

We asked our faculty to respond to a question related to this year’s theme of MARGINALIA. Here’s Sarah LaBrie on creating a ‘wonder cabinet’ of writing advice through note-making.

Introducing Henry Hoke, Screen & Playwriting Faculty

We asked our faculty to respond to a question related to this year’s theme of MARGINALIA. Here’s Henry Hoke on how his marginalia reveal his passion.

Testimonial

It is not an exaggeration to say that Young Writers Workshop changed my life. This experience of catharsis is by no means unique; in fact it seems common in alumni. YWW is so influential on the people involved with it because of the profound power of writing in the context of community. Writing always represents a dynamic engagement between a perspective and the observed. With young writers this effect is even more pronounced because as people they are still coming into their own: their perspectives are flexible, eager, and, as they will realize, powerful. 

Jack Nachmanovitch

YWW Alumnus