• Now accepting late applications for Summer 2016: APPLY HERE!

  • Summer 2016 Dates * Session I: June 19-July 1 * Session II: July 3-22

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

  • Jenny Gillespie Mason

    Jenny Gillespie Mason

    Jenny Gillespie Mason attended the Workshop in songwriting in 1995, then joined the residential staff as a teacher and counselor in 1999, 2001 and 2002.

From the Blog

Gallery Walk 2015

Check out these samples from the Summer 2015 Graphic Fiction and Nonfiction workshop! Thanks to instructor Lydia Conklin and to all the students who participated!

Theater of War

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood has alumnus Bryan Doerries’ book, Theater of War, on his gift list. Here’s why you should, too.

Testimonial

What I see: “Listen to this!” one says.  They sit on the grass in pairs, the listener leans forward, as eager as the reader.  What I hear: silence of writing, pen on paper (or fingers on keyboard) in a room whose air is electric; pause to think and re-think; draft after draft.  What I remember: a letter from a parent, afterward--“She’s flying!”  YWW is a moment out of time, the past re-discovered as material for art, the future adumbrated--what it is to be a writer, to be dedicated, to form a living community--wisdom to last a life through.

Kenny Marotta

YWW Teaching Fiction Writer