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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  • 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

Introducing Sallie Merkel, Scriptwriting Faculty

We asked this year’s faculty to respond to a question related to this year’s theme of CONVERGENCE. Today, Sallie Merkel talks about the importance of creating a convergence of multiple voices–even when you’re alone.

Introducing Derrick Brown, Poetry Faculty

We asked this year’s faculty to respond to a question related to this year’s theme of CONVERGENCE. Today, it’s the convergence of Derrick Weston Brown on the past and the present in the writer’s voice.

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