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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Introducing Sarah LaBrie, Fiction Faculty

We asked our faculty to respond to a question related to this year’s theme of MARGINALIA. Here’s Sarah LaBrie on creating a ‘wonder cabinet’ of writing advice through note-making.

Introducing Andy Young, Poetry Faculty

We asked our faculty to respond to a question related to this year’s theme of MARGINALIA. See Andy Young’s notes on poems by Yusef Komunyakaa.

Testimonial

YWW was a huge part of our lives for many years.  Margo's passion for writing, for people, and for artists sharing what they do with the young generation of creative souls was so genuine and fervent that the environment she created at the workshops was a total immersion in expression, craft, and relationship between kindred minds and hearts.  Though we taught there some years ago, many of the songs we heard and the people we interacted with, both students and teachers, are emblazoned on our memories, and, in some cases, became lasting relationships.  (Yes, you can have a relationship with a song!)  We learned as much as we taught, about ourselves and about our craft.  Young Writer's Workshop was a shaping experience for us.  And it all comes back to Margo Figgins, whose powers of invention, discovery, persuasion, interest, and plain old love, are so inexhaustibly enormous.  We think of it often and our visits there, over the years, have been occasions for rejoicing!

John D'earth and Dawn Thompson

Visiting Artist and Teaching Songwriter