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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For much of my life, I’ve wanted to be a writer, and I don’t think it’s any different for the students who come to Young Writers. These students experience creative freedom, and a community dedicated to that freedom, for the first time. Students get the bug. They begin to imagine what their life would look like as a songwriter, a novelist, or screenwriter. The point of this workshop, however, isn’t to churn out professional writers. This isn’t an Iowa-style workshop, and writing isn’t necessarily a career path for everyone. For the vast majority of these students writing instead becomes – as it did for me – an undeniable richness: a way to make meaning out of their lives, and to share that utterly unique meaning with others.  

Joe Chapman

YWW Teaching Poet