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

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Theater of War

Click on the link above for free tickets to Theater of War, alumnus Bryan Doerries’ production of scenes from Sophocles’ play, Ajax. Playing June 7 in Richmond, VA.

Talking Heads: The A-Team's Advice on Balancing (Or Not) The Artistic Life

Nope, not that A-Team. Here the YWW Administrative Team shares some collective wisdom about how to balance an artistic life while still getting the laundry done, the bills paid, and the dishes washed or at least off the floor.


My time at YWW last year allowed me to grow more as a writer than I ever have. I accomplished more during this program than I ever have in regard to my writing . The staff are all amazing, and they are all writers. This was the first (and last) place that I will ever be around so many people my age who have the exact same passion as I do. YWW is the most beneficial experience I have had, in both my writing and my social life. The people make YWW, and I am in love with this program.

Jacob Ratliff

YWW Alumnus