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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If You Can’t Laugh at Yourself, You Must Not Be Very Funny

Three years ago on my 33rd birthday, fresh off a break-up and entering my “Jesus” year, I made 3 resolutions, and I started with something easy.

1) Win a chili cookoff 2) Train to be a lady arm wrestler 3) Become a stand-up comedian

Session 1 Visiting Writers!

Looking forward to performances tonight from alumna Jenny Johnson(‘96) and musician Peyton Tochterman!


One of the greatest thrills any writer can imagine is to look into the eyes of the next generation of talent and say, "Welcome. We need you. You can do this. Here's how . . . "  As someone who has had that opportunity through the Young Writers Workshop, I want to give a huge shout out to the program and participants, and the brilliant voices that emerge. Welcome. We need you. Here's how . . . .

Dahlia Lithwick

Visiting Writer