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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Session 1 Visiting Writers!

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


As a recommending teacher of students who attend Young Writers Workshop, I get to witness the drastic changes within each camper I send. Either students find me with interest in the program, or, as a former member of the program's residential staff, I seek out students who could benefit from the experience that I describe to be the most formative of my life. Students leave with high expectations based on my high praise. Students return the next school year with an individualized adoration that far exceeds their expectations. Most of all, students make major discoveries that shape their identity. One student in mind left as a prose writer and returned transformed as a poet and is now studying poetry at Pratt University, thanks to his summer awakening.

Carly Nicholson

Recommending Teacher